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Grants to Ontario Performing Arts Nonprofits to
Host Professional Development Internships

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Metcalf Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/23/17 2:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Ontario nonprofit performing arts organizations to host internships for the professional development and training of production staff, artists, and administrators. Applicants are encouraged to consult with program staff prior to applying.

This internship program helps organizations create productive entry points into the sector, realize opportunities to foster leadership, and respond to skill shortages in critical areas. It provides individuals with more knowledge, better skills, broader work experience, and useful contacts – all of which will help them make a stronger professional contribution to the performing arts.

Internship grants will be made for the intern’s complete salary and statutory benefits to a maximum of $30,000 for a full-time, year-long internship.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171775

Estimated Size of Grant:

Internship grants will be made for the intern’s complete salary and statutory benefits to a maximum of $30,000 for a full-time, year-long internship.

For internships that are part-time or of shorter duration, this amount must be pro-rated based on the following maximums: $2,500/month or $600/week. For questions regarding an hourly rate, please contact the Performing Arts Program Director.

Term of Contract:

Grants will support full-time, twelve-month internships. Internships must be a minimum of eight weeks in duration.

Internships funded in Round 1 must be completed by December 31, 2018, and in Round 2, by March 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants to this program must:
-Identify the prospective intern in the application;
-Be professional theater, dance, music, or opera companies;
-Be based in and active within Ontario;
-Have a minimum of three years’ of organizational history; and
-Be registered as a charity with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Please note:
-Organizations may apply individually or in partnership with others.
-Internships must take place in the province of Ontario.
-Co-op work terms, or any other component of an intern’s educational degree, are not eligible for funding.

Funds granted from this program may only be used for an intern’s salary and statutory benefits (CPP and EI costs). No other costs, including mentoring costs or fees, external professional development, or administrative overhead, are eligible for this grant.

Pre-Application Information:


Round 1:
-Application Deadline: April 18, 2017, 2:00 PM
-Grant Notification: June 23, 2017

Round 2:
-Application Deadline: October 23, 2:00 PM
-Grant Notification: December 22

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Performing Arts Program Director to discuss their proposals in advance; new applicants or those who last applied more than two years ago are encouraged to arrange an in-person meeting with the Director, the mentor, and the intern.

Click here to view a September 2015 webinar that discusses the common pitfalls of unsuccessful applications and how to make your proposal stand out in a competitive round:

Click here to view a March 2014 webinar that gives a broad overview about applying to this program:

Click here for pointers on creating the video portion of your application:

Contact Information:

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

Heather Dunford, Grants Manager
P: 416-926-0366 x 233
F: 416-926-0370

Metcalf Foundation
38 Madison Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M5R 2S1

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