Eligible applicants are Ontario-based, not-for-profit corporations, or national not-for-profit corporations with the head office in Ontario.
Organizations must have:
- At least $75,000 in total revenues for the last fiscal year, and in projected revenues for the current and requested years (for applicants not currently receiving funding from this program)
- At least two years of sustained, regular, ongoing programming, as of the application date. If your organization does not meet this requirement, consider applying for project funding
- A range of revenue sources
- An active board of directors/governing body
Arts Service Organizations must:
- Have a primary mandate to provide services to artists and/or arts organizations
- Serve professional artists, arts professionals, and/or arts organizations. The arts professionals and arts organizations you serve must be eligible to apply to another OAC program.
- Have at least one (full- or half-time) paid staff member. If your organization does not currently have any paid staff, a written plan proposing how the organization will move toward having paid staff within the next year or two is required.
To apply for operating support your organization must:
- Be led by professional personnel
- Have completed at least two years of sustained, regular, ongoing programming in its community as of the application date. (An organization that does not meet this requirement may instead apply for project funding.)
- Have a range of revenue sources such as private and government
- Be governed by a board of directors or an advisory body solely responsible for the organization
- Have community support and involvement demonstrated through one or more of the following: membership, fundraising, and volunteer involvement
- Have proof of sound financial management
- Be registered through the Canadian Arts Database/Données sur les arts au Canada (CADAC)
- Non-arts organizations
- Municipalities, colleges, and/or universities
Operating Program Restrictions:
-The OAC will not accept applications to an operating program from organizations whose reports for previously awarded OAC grants are overdue or incomplete; municipalities, universities or colleges, school boards, First Nations or schools administered by a First Nation or an Indigenous administered school
- Arts organizations are eligible to receive only one OAC operating grant. An organization cannot apply to another OAC operating grant program unless they have been notified that their application was not successful.
- Operating grant recipients are not eligible to apply to a project grant program if their final report for a previous grant is overdue.