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Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators

Grants to Ontario Theater Artists, Groups, and
Collectives to Develop New Creative Work

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Ontario theater artists, groups, and collectives to develop new creative work. The purpose of the program is to fund any type of artistic theater activity by eligible applicants. Funding decisions will be made by third-party theater companies. Individual recommender theater companies may have priority areas of activity or applicants; see each theater company’s information when the program is active.

Individual recommender theatre companies may have priority areas of activity or applicants; see each theatre company’s information when the program is active.

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GrantWatch ID#: 164789

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000 - $5,000

Term of Contract:

The activities for which you are requesting funding:
-Cannot start before the recommender theatre’s deadline
-Cannot finish before you receive your grant results, up to six weeks after the recommender theatre’s deadline
-Must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants
-Professional theatre artists who are residents of Ontario with a permanent physical address in Ontario
-Ad hoc groups/collectives composed of a majority of Ontario residents

Ineligible applicants
-Non-professional applicants
-Employees or board members of the recommending theatre organization, or immediate family members of staff or board members

This program does not fund
-Creation of non-theatre work – e.g. film, radio or TV, fiction, poetry, etc.
-Workshop costs, except when the intention of the workshop is creation
-Activities in French

Pre-Application Information:

The 2020-21 program is open from September 2020 until January 15, 2021. Note that the list of participating recommenders is posted in September 2020 when the program opens, and is subject to updates and changes during the program year.

This is a third-party recommender program. Using Nova, OAC’s online grant application system, theatre creators apply to theatre companies designated as recommenders for the program (a maximum of ten applications per year). These recommenders assess applications and submit grant recommendations to OAC.

Recommenders are organizations authorized by OAC to receive applications, review them and make grant recommendations. OAC allocates a budget to each of the participating recommenders.

Within six weeks of an application deadline, the recommender will notify OAC of their grant recommendations. Funding recommendations are reviewed by OAC for final eligibility, and OAC then sends you an email letting you know that your notification letter is available online in Nova. If recommended a grant, all grant recipients must acknowledge the notification letter in Nova.

Applicants should review recommenders’ priorities and websites to determine which recommenders are the best match for a particular project.

Recommender theatre companies set their own deadlines and are unable to accept any applications after their deadline has passed.

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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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Ontario Arts Council
121 Bloor St E, 7th Floor
Toronto, ON
M4W 3M5

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Canada: Ontario;

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