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Grants to Ontario Nonprofits and Collectives
for New Services to Artists and Arts Organizations

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

Deadline Date:

10/22/19 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Ontario ad-hoc groups, collectives, and nonprofit organizations for collaborative projects to create or provide new services to professional artists and/or arts organizations. Funding is intended for research, health and wellness services, professional development (may include grant writing, management and human resources, marketing and networking, other needed skills), equity training services, employment and fee standards, employment and fee standards, and other services that promote the purpose of the program.

The priorities are to support services developed or delivered for organizations that specifically serve any of OAC’s priority groups:

  • Artists of Colour
  • Deaf Artists and Artists with Disabilities
  • Francophone Artists
  • Indigenous Artists
  • New Generation Artists (18-30 year olds)
  • Artists Living In Regions Outside Toronto

Collaborator(s): (One or multiple) can be any kind of group or organization that has an active role in the project. It may be but is not limited to, another arts group, an organization from the health or education sector or from the private sector. The collaborator cannot be paid a fee to be involved in the project. The collaborator cannot be an individual and cannot solely be a corporate sponsor. Services developed and/or delivered can be those that are not currently available anywhere or existing services developed or delivered for professional artists and/or arts organizations that do not currently have access to them.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158903

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

Activities must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Ad hoc groups/collectives of professional artists or arts professionals with a permanent physical address in Ontario
- Ontario-based not-for-profit arts organizations
- Organizations must serve professional artists, arts professionals and/or arts organizations eligible to apply to another OAC program

Applications to this program must include at least one confirmed collaborator.

Ineligible applicants:
- Municipalities, colleges, and universities

This program does not fund:
- Ongoing services delivered by any organization funded by an OAC operating program
- Major capital expenditures, including buying, leasing or renovating buildings and purchase of major equipment
- Projects that serve the applicant themselves. For organizational development projects please see the Compass program

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For questions, contact:
Nina Charest, Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7417

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Canada: Ontario