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

Ontario Arts Presenters Projects


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Funding Source
Ontario Arts Council (OAC)
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Geographic Focus
Canada:Ontario: Outside of Toronto;

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/15/23 1:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to Ontario nonprofit arts organizations, municipalities, IHEs, and collectives in eligible regions for public arts projects. Applicants are required to contact the funding source prior to applying. The purpose of the grant program is to encourage community engagement with the arts. Eligible projects include performances, screenings, exhibitions, and readings by artists, and associated audience engagement activities. Eligible applicants are located outside of Toronto.

The program has two categories:

  • Volunteer-led organizations, ad hoc groups and collectives
  • Municipalities, colleges and universities

The program’s priorities are to support:

  • Activities that include the presentation of Ontario artists and their work
  • Activities taking place in isolated or fly-in communities in Ontario

What this program funds:

Projects where the primary activity is the presentation of professional artists in one or more of the following disciplines:

  • Dance
  • Literature
  • Media arts
  • Multi and inter-arts
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual arts and craft
  • Associated audience engagement activities


  • Presentations may include performances, exhibitions, screenings, readings of professional artists and associated audience engagement activities that take place in Ontario and outside of Toronto.
  • Presentations must be open to public audiences.
  • Presentations may be part of a festival or series (including youth and family series).
  • Presentations may be part of a touring circuit or presenter network that block-books artists or arts groups.
  • Programming does not need to be confirmed at the time of the deadline.
  • Applicants must describe the overall artistic vision and how it determines the proposed programming.

For more details about program priorities, funded programs, and eligible expenses, see the Full Grant Text RFP button.

Applicants to this program who identify as Deaf or as having a disability may apply for supplementary funds for their own accessibility expenses through Accessibility Fund: Project Support:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants:
- Ontario-based ad hoc groups and collectives that are volunteer-led with no paid management and/or programming/curation staff. They must be located outside of Toronto and be comprised of two or more community members who reside in Ontario.
- Not-for-profit arts organizations that are volunteer-led with no paid management or programming/curation staff. They must have a head office in Ontario and be 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.

Eligible presenters must:
- Pay guaranteed presentation fees to professional artists or arts groups in accordance with union rates or recommended industry standards
Refer to the following organizations for guidance on artist fees: Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists (CADA- ON), Canadian Actors’ Equity (CAEA), Canadian Artists’ Representation (CARFAC), Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM), Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA), The Writers’ Union of Canada
- Provide the venue and supply technical and promotional support
- Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of audiences in their communities
- Include a range of revenue sources (box office, merchandise sales, fundraising, other grants, etc.)

Additional Geographic Information:

OAC Geographic Regions Maps:

Ineligible applicants:
- Individuals
- Organizations that receive an OAC operating grant
- Ad hoc groups and collectives composed mainly of students
- Ad hoc groups and collectives composed of professional artists/arts professionals (see discipline programs)
- Toronto-based ad hoc groups, collectives and organizations (see discipline programs)

Self-presentation is not eligible in this program.

For a list of ineligible requests, see the Full Grant Text RFP button.

Pre-Application Information
Deadline Dates:
- February 15, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
- The application form will be available in Nova about two months before the deadline.
- You will find out whether you got a grant about four and a half months after the deadline.

Important: All those interested in applying must contact the program officer at least two weeks before the deadline, and ideally 1-2 months before the deadline, even if they have applied before. The program officer will confirm their eligibility and fit with the program. Once eligibility is confirmed, applicants will receive access to the application form.

- Guide to OAC Project Programs:
- Guide to OAC Assessment:
- Application Questions:
- Nova User Guide:
- Evaluation Rubric:

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

Term of Contract
The activities for which you are requesting funding:
- Cannot start before the deadline
- Cannot finish before you receive your grant results
- Must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results

Contact Information
Apply online:

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

Ontario Arts Council
121 Bloor Street East, 7th Floor
Toronto, ON M4W 3M5

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