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Deaf and Disability Arts Projects

Grants to Ontario Individual Disabled Artists and
Arts Nonprofits for Projects and Development

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Ontario Arts Council

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10/05/17 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $10,000 to deaf or disabled professional Ontario artists, arts ad hoc groups, collectives, and nonprofits run by a deaf or disabled person for traditional and contemporary arts practices. Funds will be provided to support the creation and/or production of works of art, or professional development activities.

Applicants can only apply in one of the following categories:

Category 1 - Creation:
Grants to support research and development, exploration and experimentation, and the creation of new work.

Category 2 - Production:
Grants to support the production of, or the creation and production of, art works.

Category 3 - Professional Development:
Grants to support the following activities: Study/Training, Mentorship, Internship/Apprenticeship and Documentation of Art Work.

What this Program Funds

For Creation:
Research and development, exploration and experimentation, and creation of new work. Eligible expenses include workspace/equipment rental, living expenses (maximum of $2,000 per month), research materials, artist’s fees, transportation and travel, accommodation, meal allowances. Production expenses are ineligible unless the production element(s) is essential to the development of the work being created.

For Production:
The creation and/or production art works (e.g., music composition, visual art, craft, media art, theatre, dance, multi and inter-arts piece). Eligible expenses include artistic, production, venue, marketing/publicity/promotion and administrative costs; workspace/equipment rental; living expenses (maximum of $2,000 per month); research materials; artists’ fees; transportation and travel; accommodation; and meal allowances. Productions must take place in Ontario.

For Professional Development:
Study/training, mentorship, internship, documentation of art work. Study and training: to cover the cost of arts professionals’ attendance at conferences, master classes, and workshops or training courses Mentorship: to cover the cost of developmental relationships between arts professionals and mentors. Internship and apprenticeship: to cover the cost of arts professionals working in temporary positions that emphasize on-the-job training. The applicant must initiate the internship/apprenticeship, and it cannot replace a current position at the group/arts organization. Documentation of art work: to cover the costs of professional preparation of materials that document an arts professionals’ skills, training, and abilities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165448

Estimated Size of Grant:

Creation: maximum $10,000
Production: maximum $10,000
Professional Development: maximum $10,000

Term of Contract:

The activity cannot start before October 5, 2017.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who is Eligible:

- 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.

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

To be eligible for OAC project funding, you must:

- Be a professional artist. The OAC defines a professional artist as someone who has developed skills through training or practice, is recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition, has a history of public presentation or publication, seeks payment for her or his work and actively practises his or her art. Short breaks in artistic work history are allowed.
- Be a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada, or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.
- Be a resident of Ontario who has lived in Ontario for a minimum of one year prior to making a grant application,
- Have a permanent physical address in Ontario, and
- Live in Ontario no less than eight months a year.

Ad hoc groups or collectives are made up of two or more individuals or groups/organizations who 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:
- Be mostly composed of professional artists or arts professionals,
- Have at least 50% of its members residing in Ontario,
- Not be an incorporated organization,
- Have a permanent physical address in Ontario,
- Operate on a not-for-profit basis.

To be eligible for OAC project funding, nonprofit organizations 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.

In order to apply for the Deaf and Disability Arts Projects program, ad hoc groups/collectives and not-for-profit Deaf and disability arts organizations must be led by artists or individuals who are Deaf or have a disability.

What this program does not fund:

- Fundraising activities
- Student projects at all education levels
- Materials and supplies for workshop activities
- Capital expenses and equipment purchases
- Studio renovation, repair or relocation
- Accredited college or university programs
- Tuition for full-time study
- Business, promotional and marketing expenses (except for production grants).

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are available online approximately two months before the deadline. Grant notification will be available approximately four months after the deadline.

Guide to OAC Project Programs:

Application questions:

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Video on Preparing Effective Support Material for Theatre, Dance and Performance-Based Multi and Inter-Arts:

Contact Information:

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

Bushra Junaid, Deaf and Disability Arts Program Officer
416-961-1660 extension 7407, toll free 1-800-387-0058 extension 7407

Habibah Haque, Program Administrator
416-961-1660 ext. 5081

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

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