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Grants to Ontario Individual Artists
for Residencies Outside the Province

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

Deadline Date:

04/04/18 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Ontario individual artists to support residencies at locations outside the province. The purpose of this program is to enable artists to take advantage of professional development opportunities that will further the artist’s career.

The program prioritizes residencies that include a host (organization, group or individual) who has committed to facilitating the applicant’s engagement with the local arts community.

Special funds are allocated for residencies taking place in the province of Quebec through an arrangement between OAC and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (CALQ).

What this program funds:
Professional development opportunities outside the province including:
-Formal residency program at a recognized arts institution
-Self-directed residency that involves research and exploration
-Combination of any of the above
Residency projects may include:
-Taking workshops or skill development classes (arts or non-arts)
-Attending arts events and engaging with the local arts community

Projects must take place outside of Ontario, at a single location or multiple destinations.

Eligible expenses:
-Per diems (meal allowance) and accommodation
-Residency and/or workshop fees where applicable
-Mentor fees where applicable (up to $500 per day)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149837

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Quebec Residency: Maximum $10,000

-National/International Residency (excluding Ontario and Quebec): Maximum $10,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must occur over an uninterrupted period of time, from a minimum of one week to a maximum of 12 weeks.

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Appliants:
-Professional artists with a permanent physical address in Ontario working in an arts practice supported at OAC
Applicants who have had an active professional artistic practice for at least three years
-Applicants who are part of an ad hoc group/collective are only eligible to apply as individuals; if multiple members are awarded the grant, duplication of costs will not be permitted
-Applicants who have applied to a residency program but have not yet received confirmation. If awarded the grant, payment would be released after a confirmation letter was submitted to OAC

Who is not eligible:
-Co-applicants, ad hoc groups/collectives, organizations
-Students enrolled in any educational institution or any learning program on a full- or part-time basis and at any level of study
-Individuals who have received a grant in this program in the past two years
-Individuals who have received a grant and not completed and reported on the project in this program, or any of the following programs: Chalmers Arts Fellowships, Chalmers Professional Development, Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs:

What this program does not fund:
-Activity that takes place in Ontario
-Creation of new work or reworking existing material; a residency may involve creation activity, but this should not be the main focus of the project
-Teaching or offering workshops; a residency may involve teaching or offering workshops, but this should not be its main focus
-Accredited college or university programs
-Research by professors
-Self-promotional activity, such as auditions, showcases and trade fairs
-Capital expenses

Ineligible expenses:
-Costs of materials or the shipment of materials
-Costs attributed to home-based overhead such as: rent; living expenses for a spouse, partner, dependents; childcare
-Costs attributed to collaborating artists

-You cannot apply to this program if you have an overdue final report in any OAC grant program.
-If you have applied for a residency and have not yet received confirmation of your participation, you may still apply to the program. In this case, if a grant is awarded to you a cheque would be issued to you only once a letter of invitation has been submitted to OAC.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline date: April 4, 2018, 1:00 PM ET.

Applications are available online approximately two months before the deadline.

Grant notification will be available approximately four months after the deadline.

Before applying, you must:
-Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs

-Read the Guide to OAC Assessment

Nova user guide:

To apply:
Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system.

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Guide to OAC Support Material:

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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

For more information:
Maya Bedward
Information Services Coordinator
Toll-free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7429

For assistance with technical issues you may encounter while using OAC’s online granting system (Nova), contact technical support:
by phone at 1-800-387-0058 option 3,
by email at

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