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Grants to Ontario Artists, Arts Professionals, and Nonprofits
for Works by Artists Who are Deaf or Have a Disability

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

Deadline Date:

10/14/21 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Ontario individuals, nonprofit arts organizations, and groups and collectives to promote the production of artistic works by artists with disabilities. Funding is intended for professional development and for the creation and production of works related to all traditional and contemporary art practices supported at OAC.

There are three categories:

  • Creation: to help cover the costs of research and development, exploration and experimentation, and creation of new work
  • Production: to help cover the costs of production and/or the creation of artworks
  • Professional development: to help cover the costs of study/training; mentorship; internship/apprenticeship; and/or documentation of artwork

For eligible expenses for each category, see the URL for Full Text. 

Deaf artists and artists with disabilities who apply for a project grant may also request funds towards the cost of anticipated accessibility expenses during the project. For additional information, see

Deaf artists or artists with disabilities includes individuals who have physical, mental or learning conditions with long-term, temporary or varying effects that may or may not be apparent.

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GrantWatch ID#: 165448

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Creation: Maximum $10,000
-Production: Maximum $10,000
-Professional development: Maximum $10,000

Applicants who are deaf or have a disability may receive up to $500 in a year to cover the costs of assistance from service providers.

Term of Contract:

The activities for which you are requesting funding cannot start 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 artists and arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability. They must be Ontario residents and have a permanent physical address in Ontario
- Ad hoc groups/collectives or not-for-profit disability arts organizations that are led by Deaf artists and/or artists with disabilities. They must demonstrate that the artistic process is led by artists and/or arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability. They must have a permanent physical address in Ontario.

Individuals, and organizations that do not receive OAC operating funding, are eligible to receive up to three project grants awarded from deadlines that fall within the same calendar year, provided each grant is for a different activity.

You are not eligible to apply for the professional development category in this program if you have applied to any of the following programs and have not received notification this application was unsuccessful:
- Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour (formerly Access and Career Development)
- Chalmers Professional Development Projects
- Craft Projects – development component of the Research/Creation and Development category
- Northern Arts Projects – Skills/Career Development category

For additional eligibility requirements and restrictions, see

For ineligible activities and costs, see the URL for Full Text.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline dates:
- October 14, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
- Applications are available in Nova approximately three months before the deadline.
- Grant notification will be available approximately four months after the deadline. OAC will inform you by email that the results of your application are available in Nova.
- If you require application support to complete your application, please make your request at least six weeks before the program deadline.

Applicants who are Deaf or have a disability and need support to complete their grant applications can apply for funds to cover the costs of assistance from service providers. You should request this funding at least six weeks before the project program deadline. For more information, please contact the Deaf and Disability Arts Program Officer as soon as possible to discuss options.

You may only apply to one category per deadline.

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

Nova Online Grant Application System:

Nina Charest, Program Administrator:, 416-969-7417, Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7417

Deaf and Disability Arts Program Officer:

General Granting Information
Reception: 416-961-1660 or toll free: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 0

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

Fax: 416-961-7796

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