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Ontario Arts Presenters Projects

Grants to Ontario Agencies, IHEs,
and Nonprofits for Arts Projects

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

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02/19/20 1:00 PM ET


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Grants to Ontario municipalities, IHEs, collectives, and volunteer organizations for public arts projects. Funding priorities include projects that support local artists and artwork. Eligible activities include public presentations of various forms of artwork, including exhibitions, performances, screenings, readings, and associated audience engagement activities. Funding is intended to support activities that engage public audiences and contribute to developing audiences for the arts in Ontario.

The program supports Ontario-based volunteer-led presenters (ad hoc groups, collectives and organizations), municipalities, colleges and universities to present performances, exhibitions, screenings and readings, and associated audience engagement activities, that contribute to developing audiences for the arts in Ontario regions outside of Toronto. 

Program priorities include:

  • Presentation of Ontario artists and their work
  • Activity taking place in isolated or fly-in communities in Ontario

This program funds:

  • Presentation of performances, exhibitions, screenings, readings and associated audience engagement activities 
  • Programming must be selected based on an artistic vision and presented to a public audience 

Eligible expenses include:

  • Artists’ presentation fees. This may include expenses related to non-Ontario artists that are being presented for the benefit of Ontario audiences
  • Artists’ travel, transportation, per diems and accommodation
  • Production costs, including rentals
  • Purchase of small-scale equipment, software, electronics and similar materials required to carry out the project
  • Marketing and promotional costs specific to the festival, event or series

For more details about program priorities and funded programs, see the URL for Full Text below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143733

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Municipalities, colleges and universities: maximum $5,000
- Volunteer-led organizations, ad hoc groups and collectives: maximum $7,500

Term of Contract:

Funded activities must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results. They cannot start before the deadline and cannot finish before you receive your grant results.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Ad hoc groups/collective that are volunteer-led with no paid management and/or programming/curation staff. They must have with a permanent physical address in Ontario and located outside of Toronto. These must be comprised of two or more community members permanent physical addresses in Ontario and may not have professional artists / arts professionals as members.
- Not-for-profit arts organizations that are volunteer-led with no paid management and/or programming/curation staff. They must have a permanent physical address in Ontario and located outside of Toronto.
- Ontario-based municipalities, colleges or universities located in regions outside Toronto. Note that these applicants may have paid programming/curation staff.

Please see the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information:

Ineligible applicants:
- Individuals
- Organizations that receive an OAC operating grant
- Ad hoc groups/collectives composed mainly of students
- Ad hoc groups/collectives composed of professional artists / arts professionals (see discipline programs)
- Ad hoc groups/collectives and organizations with a permanent physical address in Toronto (see discipline programs)

This program does not fund:
- Projects led by organizations or ad hoc groups/collectives that have paid programming/curation staff (full-time, part-time or contract staff) or artistic leadership (municipal, college and university presenters excepted)
- Festivals, events or series that take place outside of Ontario or in Toronto
- The presentation artists who are volunteers or members of the applicant organization or ad hoc group/collective (i.e. self-presentation)
- Creating, commissioning, co-producing and rehearsing a work
- Competitions
- Programming supported by OAC’s Ontario Dances, Theatre Connects, Connexions théâtres or Diffusion – projets francophones programs

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline Dates:
- February 19, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
- Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
- Grant results will be available approximately four months after the deadline.

Important: Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds that are available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested. Projects should include a range of revenue sources.

- Guide to OAC Project Programs:
- Guide to OAC Assessment
- Application Questions:
- For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Elizabeth Braoudakis, Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7412

For general information in French or English contact:
416-961-1660 or toll free: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 0

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