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Dance Projects Grant

Grants to Ontario Dance Artists, Groups, and
Nonprofits for Dance Productions and Presentations

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

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10/05/17 1:00 PM ET


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Grants to Ontario professional dance artists, ad hoc groups and collectives, and nonprofit organizations to develop, produce, and present professional dance events. Funding may be requested through the following four categories:

-Development of new dance work(s): to help cover only the initial artistic costs of creating new dance work including the development of choreography for dance film/video and work for young audiences. In-studio presentation must be included.

-Production and presentation of dance: to help cover the artistic, production and presentation costs including co-productions, dance commissions, preparation of a tour including rehearsal costs, remounting or acquiring dance work(s) and work for young audiences.

-Dance series/festivals: to help cover the presentation and promotion costs of professional choreographers and dance companies.

-Dance sector development initiatives: to help cover the costs of activities and initiatives that benefit Ontario’s professional dance sector at large. This includes professional development workshop series, dance training initiatives, conferences and other activities with a community impact. Projects cannot be related to creation, production or presentation activities or a single production. Professional development workshop series and dance training initiatives must include registration fees.

The program’s priorities are projects that engage Ontario-based choreographers; dance ad hoc groups, collectives and companies; and dance series/festivals that do not present the curator’s work.

What this program funds:
-Artists’ fees (choreographers, dancers, outside eye/elder/dramaturge, composers, musicians, theatrical designers and technicians).
-Production costs (costumes, scenery and other staging requirements).
-Marketing, promotion and administration costs.
-Venue or studio rental

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154658

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Development of new dance work(s): Maximum $5,000
-Production and presentation of dance: Maximum $20,000
-Dance series/festivals: Maximum $15,000
-Dance community-development initiatives: 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, and must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who is eligible:
-Professional dance artists who are Ontario residents and have a permanent physical address in Ontario.
-Ad hoc groups/collectives of dance artists or arts professionals with expertise in dance with a permanent physical address in Ontario.
-Incorporated not-for-profit Ontario-based dance organizations, including dance companies and dance series and dance festivals with a permanent physical address in Ontario.
-Other not-for-profit organizations or ad hoc groups/collectives such as non-arts organizations or organizations and ad hoc groups/collectives working in another arts discipline supported by OAC. You must demonstrate that you have engaged the appropriate professional dance expertise to carry out the project, e.g. the expertise of the dance professionals directly involved in the project, and/or the expertise of an advisory committee that includes dance professionals.

Individuals must:
-Be a professional artist/arts professional. The OAC defines a professional artist/arts professional as someone who has developed skills through training or practice, is recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition, has a history of public presentation or publication, seeks payment for her or his work and actively practices his or her art. Short breaks in artistic work history are acceptable.
-Be a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada, or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.
-Be a resident of Ontario who has lived in Ontario for a minimum of one year prior to making a grant application; and
-Live in Ontario no less than eight months a year.

IMPORTANT - Absences from Ontario:
In some circumstances, you may be eligible to apply to OAC while you are temporarily absent from Ontario (e.g. for employment or artistic opportunity). Your absence must be no more than one year and not recurring. You must maintain your permanent physical address in Ontario, and you cannot apply for support from the jurisdiction of your temporary residence.

Ad hoc groups/collectives:
-Must have 50% of its members residing in Ontario;
-Must be comprised of at least two members who are Ontario-based professional artists, artistic leaders or arts professionals, and who will be responsible for the administration of the grant on behalf of the ad hoc group/collective;
-Cannot be a corporation, and
-Can deposit a grant cheque in the name of the ad hoc group/collective.

Note: Ad hoc groups/collectives come together for a one-time project (ad hoc group) or have ongoing activity (collective).

Organizations must:
-Be incorporated in Ontario or federally;
-Have a head office in Ontario;
-Be governed by a volunteer board of directors or an advisory board;
-Have a designated staff member responsible for the applicant’s arts programming, and
-Present/produce/publish professional Ontario artists, arts professionals and/or arts groups/ collectives and/or arts organizations.

Who is not eligible:
-Organizations that receive a grant in the Dance Organizations: Operating program.
-Choreographers who direct organizations that receive funding from the Dance Organizations: Operating program or organizations receiving OAC operating funding.
-A member of an ad hoc group or collective that applies for the same activity at the same deadline in this program.
-Students currently enrolled in a post-secondary college, university or conservatory institution.
-Dance schools, colleges, universities and municipalities.
-Organizations that receive an operating grant in other OAC programs, with the exception of organizations mandated to serve one or more of OAC’s priority groups.
-Organizations with a pending application in the Dance Organizations: Operating program may not apply until they are notified that their operating application was not funded.

What this program does not fund:
-Events or activities that take place outside of Ontario.
-Projects eligible in Touring Projects, Multi- and Inter-Arts Projects or Media Artists Creation Projects programs.
-Multi and inter-arts activities.
-Professional development, apprenticeship or mentorship projects for individuals, or projects related to a graduate degree or thesis.
-Competition-based dance performances/series except for urban dance forms or amateur, pre-professional or student productions.
-Fundraising activities or capital expenses including purchase of equipment.

Important: You are not eligible to apply to this program if you have an overdue or unapproved final report in any OAC grant program. If you are unsure of the due date or status of any final report(s), please contact OAC.

Pre-Application Information:

The OAC will not fund 100 per cent of a project except in the Development of new dance work(s) category. Applications to the other categories must include a range of revenue sources such as other arts grants, box-office sales, registrant fees and so on.

Application deadlines are April 4 and October 5 2017, 1:00 PM ET.

Applications are available online approximately two months before the deadline.

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

More information about eligibility for OAC's project programs may be found here:

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

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Rohana Buzamlak, Program Administrator

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