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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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10/08/20 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $5,000, grants of up to $15,000, and grants of up to $20,000 to Ontario dance artists, groups and collectives, and nonprofit organizations for dance presentations. Funding may be requested for the production, presentation, or development of dance works by professional dance artists residing within the Province.

There are 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. There must be an in-studio or virtual presentation of the work or work-in-progress.

-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 programmer’s work.

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, audience development activities and administration costs
-Venue or studio rental
-Archival recording

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 sector 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:

Eligible Applicants:
-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

Eligible applicants include Ontario-based:
-Individual professional artists and/or arts professionals
-Ad hoc groups/collectives

All applicants must have a permanent physical address in Ontario.

In some project programs, municipalities, colleges/universities, school boards, First Nation and schools administered by a First Nations or Indigenous Education Authority are eligible. For a list of the types of organizations eligible to apply to a particular project grant program, refer to the program’s web page.

An Individual 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 12 consecutive months prior to making a grant application, and
-Live in Ontario no less than eight months a year.

Temporary absences from the province:
-You must have lived in Ontario no less than 8 months in the 12 months immediately preceding the deadline for the grant program to which you are applying. Or, if you were temporarily absent from Ontario prior to this application deadline, you absence must have been for no more than one year and must not be recurring.
-Prior to this absence, you must have been a resident of Ontario who lived in the province for at least 12 consecutive months.
-During this absence, you must have maintained you residency status and a permanent physical address in Ontario, and must not have applied to public funding agencies/ministries in the jurisdiction of your temporary residence.

Establishing permanent residency:
-If you are new to Ontario or returning to the province after an absence of more than 12 months, you must establish or re-establish Ontario residency for a minimum of 12 consecutive months prior to the deadline for the grant program to which you are applying.

If requested by OAC, you must provide documentation to verify your residency information.

Ad hoc groups/collectives must:
-Have 50 per cent of their members residing in Ontario
-Be comprised of at least two members who are Ontario-based professional artists, artistic leaders or arts professionals, who will be responsible for the administration of the grant on behalf of the ad hoc group/collective
-Not be a corporation
-Be able to deposit a grant cheque in the name of the ad hoc group/collective

Note: Ad hoc groups/collectives may be formed for a one-time project (ad hoc group) or have ongoing activity (collective).
Incorporated not-for-profit 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
-You are not eligible to apply to any OAC project program if you have an overdue or unapproved final report in any OAC grant program. Note: Only final reports associated with grants received through Nova applications are displayed in your Nova profile. If you are unsure of the due date or status of any other final report(s), please contact OAC. 
-If you have an overdue report for a previous grant at an application deadline, your application is ineligible and will be withdrawn.
-You may only apply for one grant in any program per deadline.
-You cannot receive more than one OAC project grant for the same activity.
-You are not eligible to submit more than one project grant application at a time for the same activity. You may re-apply to OAC for the same activity if you have received notification that your first application was not successful. 
-Third-party recommender programs are an exception – the same activity may be supported by multiple recommender grants. See recommender program web pages for specific eligibility criteria.
Three-grant limit
-Individuals, and organizations that do not receive OAC operating funding, are eligible to receive up to three project grants in a calendar year, provided each grant is for a different activity.

Ineligible applicants:
-Organizations that receive a grant in the Dance Organizations: Operating program
-Organizations that receive an operating grant in other OAC programs, with the exception of organizations mandated to serve one or more of the OAC priority groups
-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 training schools
-For-profit organizations
-Colleges, universities and municipalities
-School boards
-Elementary or secondary public or private schools
-Ontario schools run by First Nations or Indigenous Education Authorities
-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

This program does not fund:
-Production of dance films/videos
-Events or activities that take place outside of Ontario
-Projects eligible in the 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/recitals
-Fundraising activities or capital expenses including purchase of equipment, renovations, etc.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines are April 8 and October 8, 2020, 1 p.m. ET.
Due to the challenges caused by COVID-19, the April 8, 2020 deadline for this program has been extended to April 22, 2020 at 1pm ET.

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

Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.

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.

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

Apply online:

Amber Yared Program Administrator 416-969-7461
Toll-free in Ontario:​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7461

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