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Grants to Ontario Arts Nonprofits and
Galleries for Organizational Support

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

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06/04/19 1:00 PM ET


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Grants to Ontario nonprofit public art galleries and corporations for operational support. New applicants must contact a program officer prior to the deadline to discuss eligibility. Funding is intended to support art galleries that display a commitment to Ontario’s visual arts infrastructure, including exhibition and presentation, production, distribution, artist development, and opportunities created for the public to interact with contemporary visual art.

Public art galleries promote and encourage understanding of the visual arts. Their professional staff create the context in which artists’ works are seen in relationship with community and culture. Through exhibitions, publications, education and outreach initiatives, public art galleries present and interpret works of art, and hold art collections in trust for their communities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 164790

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OAC operating grant programs provide Annual and Multi-Year funding.

The following applicants must apply for an Annual operating grant, and are not eligible for multi-year funding:
- New applicants to an OAC operating program
- Arts organizations admitted to an operating program as a new applicant in the last two years of a program’s multi-year cycle
- Arts organizations that were assessed as a C or D in the previous or current year’s assessment

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Ontario-based, not-for-profit corporations, or national not-for-profit corporations with the head office in Ontario are eligible to apply. Organizations must have:
- At least $75,000 in total revenues for the last fiscal year, and in projected revenues for the current and requested years (for applicants not currently receiving funding from this program)
- At least two years of sustained, regular, ongoing programming, as of the application date. If your organization does not meet this requirement, consider applying for project funding
- A range of revenue sources
- An active board of directors/governing body

Public art galleries must:
- Have a distinct and separate space solely for gallery purposes that is secure and dedicated to exhibitions and interpretation of contemporary visual art. The organization’s mandate may also include the collection of visual art
- Serve the public with visual arts programming for a minimum of 10 months of the year and for a minimum of 1,500 hours. The hours may include hours open to the public, hours reserved for public school tours, and events
- Employ professional staff, including a full-time director (minimum 35 hours per week). The director is responsible for the gallery’s operations, programs and services. This person may also serve as the gallery’s curator
- Meet the physical standards relating to security, environmental control, art storage and collection management set out in the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) publication Environmental Standards for Art Galleries
- Adhere to a code of professional standards, ethics and legal requirements set out by OAAG, Canadian Museums Association and the Canadian Art Museum Directors’ Organization
- Pay exhibition, copyright and reproduction fees to professional artists

If your gallery is within a multi-purpose institution (i.e., library, university, museum, municipality), you must clearly demonstrate your independence by being able to fulfill all OAC eligibility requirements separately and distinctly from the multi-purpose institution. This includes a fully segregated and itemized financial statement specifically for the revenues and expenses of the gallery. Galleries within a multi-purpose institution must be governed by a board of directors or an advisory body solely responsible for the gallery.

Ineligible applicants:
- Non-arts organizations
- Municipalities, colleges, and/or universities.

Pre-Application Information:

In 2019 this program is in year one of a three-year cycle and is accepting new applicants. The deadline date is June 4, 2019. Grant notification will be available in October 2019.

New applicants must contact the program officer to discuss eligibility. New applicants must also register for an account in CADAC:

2022 will be the next deadline open to new applicants to this program.

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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:

Zhe Gu, Visual Arts Officer
toll free 1-800-387-0058 extension 7459

Caroline Cotter, Program Administrator
toll free 1-800-387-0058 extension 7455

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

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