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Élan Madeleine Fequière grant

The Élan Grant is designed to support artistic or cultural entrepreneurial projects already underway, and whose realization depends on an additional financial boost. The amount offered by the grant, when combined with fund-raising support, is $1,500. Information on how to obtain the grant is described in the eligibility criteria.

Combined with fund-raising support, the Elan Grant amounts to $1,500. All the information you need to obtain the grant is described in the eligibility criteria.

About the Élan Madeleine Féquière Grant

The Bourse Élan Madeleine Féquière is a grant from the Centre culturel afro-canadien de Montréal (CCAM) offered to a young black woman aged 30 or under who demonstrates major development potential in one or more artistic disciplines or in cultural entrepreneurship. The creation of the grant was made possible by the generosity of Madeleine Féquière, a businesswoman passionate about the arts and involved in her community, who has mentored a generation of women leaders in the fields of art and entrepreneurship.

  • Be a black woman / afro-descendant aged between 18 and 30 ;
  • Be a self-declared artist or cultural entrepreneur;
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Montreal; 
  • Demonstrate that the works submitted are original
  • Submit a project with a minimum cost of $1,500 CAD
  • Commit to undertaking and successfully completing an additional $750 fundraising campaign via the LaRuche social funding platform.
  • One (1) project per candidate
  • All projects submitted to the Élan grant program will undergo an initial screening before being evaluated by a jury.
  • Projects submitted must meet all eligibility criteria in order to be evaluated by the jury.
  • Only projects with a weighted score of 60% or more will be evaluated a second time by a panel of judges.
  • The four applicants with the highest-scoring projects will be invited to an interview with members of the jury.
  • The two applicants with the highest interview scores will be selected for both scholarships.

Creativity/originality and artistic merit (40%)


The presentation and content of the art form are out of the ordinary

Presentation or art form has an impact

Project feasibility (30%)


The artist has performed or exhibited in a public sphere (online or face-to-face) at least twice in the last 36 months )

The artist has a defined history of achievements

Clarity of project proposal (20%)


The planned activity is distinct and convincing; the supporting material demonstrates high artistic quality

The proposal submitted is clearly linked to the project and demonstrates the artistic skills required to carry it out.

Community involvement (10%)


Clear, achievable goals and plans to make an impact on the nominee, other artists, black communities, audiences and participants

Has developed a notable presence on social networks or a fan base.

  • Street arts
  • Classical dance
  • Visual arts 
  • Digital and multidisciplinary arts
  • Contemporary dance
  • Literature and storytelling
  • Music 
  • Cinema
  • The final date for project submission is .../.../.... at 6:00 pm. 
  • Projects take 6 weeks to process.
  • Successful applicants will be notified at the end of the processing period.
  • The maximum time limit for a successful socio-financing campaign is 6 months from the project selection date.

How to apply

There are two ways to apply to Bourse Élan:

  • Upload a written description of your project
  • By sending us a video description of no more than 5 minutes in length

In both cases, you need to explain the following:

  1. How your project is original
  2. The origin of your project
  3. Short- and long-term objectives for your project
  4. Why you decided to apply for the Élan grant
  5. How the Bourse can help you realize your project

About the Centre culturel Afro-canadien de Montréal (CCAM)

The Centre culturel afro-canadien de Montréal (CCAM) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and promote the cultural and artistic heritage of Black communities, while embodying harmony between cultures and Canadians of all origins. The CCAM was founded to meet a pressing need for spaces and resources that would enable Black communities to express themselves in culturally authentic ways.