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Grants to Ontario Vocal Groups and Choirs
for Repertoire Development and Concerts

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Ontario Arts Council

Deadline Date:

02/17/16 5:00 PM Delivery or Postmarked


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Ontario vocal groups and choirs to enable rehearsal and repertoire development, as well as self-presented concert series or individual concerts. Priority is given to Aboriginal artists, artists of color, deaf artists and artists with disabilities, francophone artists and new generation artists (18-30 years old).

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GrantWatch ID#: 158864

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000. Generally $2,000 - $4,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects are to be completed within 12 - 24 months. A final report is due 3 months after the project end date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To apply to Choirs & Singing Groups an applicant must be either an:

- Incorporated not-for-profit organization located in Ontario.
- Ad hoc group, collective or unincorporated organization, submitting a not-for-profit project. Most of the group members must be professional artists or arts professionals, with at least 50% of the members located in Ontario.

Ad hoc groups or collectives are made up of two or more individuals or groups/organizations that come together for a one-time project (ad hoc group) or have ongoing activity (collective). To be eligible for OAC project funding, your ad hoc group or collective must:

- Have professional artistic direction,
- Have at least 50% of its members residing in Ontario,
- Not be an incorporated company,
- Have a permanent physical address in Ontario,
- Operate on a not-for-profit basis,
- Be able to provide documentation to verify this, if requested.
- If successful, a check will be issued in the name of the ad hoc group or collective.

To be eligible for OAC project funding, a nonprofit organization 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,
- Be able to provide documentation to verify this, if requested.

Applicants must:

- Engage professional artistic leadership (group leader, core singers, conductor, accompanists, etc.).
- Have a minimum of 4 singers, at least half of whom reside in Ontario.
- Have completed at least one year of performance programming by the date of your application (i.e., have given at least 2 public concerts/performances together as a choir or singing group during the past 12 months).
- Be actively involved in the support of Canadian music by hiring professional Canadian performers and/or by performing the music of professional Canadian composers/songwriters (unless restricted by mandate).


- You are not eligible to apply to any OAC program if you have an overdue or submitted but unapproved final report in any OAC grant program.
- You may only apply for one grant per deadline.
- You may receive more than one OAC project grant provided each grant is for a different activity.
- Colleges, universities and municipalities may not apply.

Individuals, ad hoc groups, collectives and incorporated organizations that do not receive OAC operating funding are eligible to receive up to three project grants per calendar year. If you submit three project program applications during the year, you cannot submit a fourth until you have received notification that one of your applications has not been successful.

If you have already received one project grant in a given year, you may apply for only two other project grants at a time; if you have already received two project grants in a given year, you may apply for only one other project grant at a time.

Multiple grants in a third party recommender program received in a year count as one grant. Third party recommender programs are: Aboriginal Artists Materials and Supplies Assistance (AAMSA); Exhibition Assistance; Theatre Creators’ Reserve; Writers’ Reserve.

Multiple grants received from the Aboriginal Artists in Schools and Artists in Education programs (Mentorship Initiative, Travel) in one year count as one grant. The Creative Engagement Fund to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment in Ontario is an exception – grants given under this fund do not count as OAC grants.

Operating grant recipients may receive a maximum of two project grants in a calendar year. Check operating program guidelines for more information.

Pre-Application Information:

Mail or deliver applications to the contact address. Please note the new office address.

Required application materials:

1 copy of each:
- Applicant Information
- Applicant Declaration / Terms and Conditions

6 copies of each:
- Application Summary
- Choir or Singing Group Structure
- Applicant Details
- Project Description and Activity Information
- Support Material List
- Budget (available separately in Excel format)

Applicants will be notified of the results by June 15, 2016.

Contact Information:

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

Jenny Knox, Program Administrator
Toll-free: 1-800-387-0058, extension 7430

Ontario Arts Council
121 Bloor Street East, 7th Floor
Toronto ON M4W 3M5

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