Ontario Arts Presenters Projects

Grants to Ontario Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs
to Present Arts Events and Series for the Public

GrantWatch ID#: 143733
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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

09/19/17 1:00 PM ET

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Ontario collectives and organizations as well as municipalities, colleges, and universities to provide live series and events such as arts festivals, performing arts series (including youth and family series) and other artistic experiences in Ontario communities for a public audience.

There are two categories:
- Volunteer collectives, groups or organizations
- Municipalities, colleges and universities

The program’s priorities are to support:
- Presentation/exhibition of Ontario artists/arts organizations eligible for support from OAC granting programs;
- Presentation of arts events or series in underserved or remote communities in Ontario;
- Outreach and audience engagement activities;
- Collaborations among touring and local artists/arts organizations and local communities; and
- Activities that contribute to arts education, public participation, and community involvement in the arts in Ontario.

What this program funds:
- Arts festivals, performing arts series (including youth and family series), and other artistic experiences in Ontario communities for a public audience
- A series must include a minimum of two different events or presentations on different dates.

For projects to be eligible, presenters must:
- Hire professional artists and pay them a guaranteed fee for each presentation or exhibition
- Provide the venue and supply technical and promotional support
- Display a thorough knowledge of audiences in their communities and of the professional arts community, and may organize outreach and audience development activities in support of their artistic programming.

Eligible expenses include:
-Ontario artists’ engagement or exhibition fees
-Contribution to artists’ per diems and accommodation
-Event production costs including rentals
-Contribution to artists’ travel, transportation, and related costs
-Marketing and promotional costs directly incurred only for the presentation of events or series

Volunteer collectives, groups or organizations: maximum $10,000
Municipalities, colleges and universities: maximum $10,000

The activities for which you are requesting funding cannot start before you receive your grant results date, and must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results.

Applicants must:
- Be Ontario-based volunteer-led ad hoc groups/collectives or not-for-profit organizations, with a permanent physical address in Ontario; or
- Be Ontario municipalities, colleges or universities

- Present or produce professional Ontario artists, arts professionals, arts groups, collectives or organizations; and
- Select artistic programming for public presentation in their local community; and
- Select their programming guided by an artistic vision

Not Eligible:
-Arts presenters that have paid programming staff or leadership (college, university, and municipal arts presenters excepted)
-Co-presenters (only one application per arts event/series will be accepted)
-For-profit organizations
-Ad hoc groups, collectives, or unincorporated organizations mainly composed of students and non-professionals.

Not Funded:
-Events or activities that take place outside of Ontario.
-Attendance at Ontario Contact or other showcases.
-Attendance at a public presentation of an artist’s work, an opening night, acceptance of a prize, annual general meetings of an arts service organization, a showing or showcase at a trade or industry fair, participation as a workshop leader or a guest speaker at a convention, conference or symposium.
-Performances, exhibitions, events, or activities by students and non-professionals.
-Programming supported by OAC’s Ontario Dances, Theatre Connects or Connexions théâtres programs.
-Programming supported by OAC’s Aide à la diffusion artistique – projets program.
-Projects in which the primary activity is skill development, creative workshops, arts education workshops or hands-on activities in schools or communities.
-Creation or commission of co-produced work.
-Professional development.
-Costs attributed to overhead including office rent and administration.

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs:

If you are a first time applicant to OAC and are unsure whether your project fits with this or other OAC programs, contact Maya Bedward, Information Services Coordinator (details below).

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.

Deadline Dates
- February 22, 2017, 1 p.m. ET
- September 19, 2017, 1 p.m. ET

Applications are available online approximately two months before the deadline. Grant results will be available approximately four months after the deadline.

Application questions:

Grant deadlines:

General OAC grant guidelines:

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

Apply online:

Lizzy Braoudakis, Program Administrator
416-969-7412/ 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7412

Maya Bedward, Information Services Coordinator
1-800-387-0058 ext. 7429 / 416-969-7429

Ontario Arts Council
151 Bloor Street West
Fifth Floor
Toronto, ON M5S 1T6

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