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Media Arts Projects Grant

Grants to Ontario Nonprofits and Groups to Promote
the Work and Development of Media Artists

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

Deadline Date:

09/13/18 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $10,000 for Ontario nonprofit organizations and ad hoc groups/collectives that document, present, or publish the work of Ontario media artists, or that provide them with opportunities for professional development. Grants are available in three categories, presentation, professional development, and publication.

The program funds:
-Media art screening and presentation
-Workshops, conferences, seminars and other activities that contribute to the professional development of media artists and/or artists from other disciplines who are developing a media arts practice
-Creation and production of documentation, catalogs, and other publications that develop the field and the critical theories on media arts practice

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173214

Estimated Size of Grant:

Presentation: maximum $10,000
Professional Development: maximum $10,000
Publication: maximum $10,000

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
-Organizations and ad hoc groups/collectives that have a permanent physical address in Ontario
-Media arts organizations and ad hoc groups/collectives that have a history of, or expertise in, media arts programming
-Organizations working in other arts disciplines that undertake media arts projects

You must show evidence of media arts expertise through the arts professionals directly involved in the project, or through the expertise of an advisory committee of media arts professionals.

The OAC defines a professional artist/arts professional 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 practices his or her art. Short breaks in artistic work history are acceptable.

The artist must:
-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, and
-Live in Ontario no less than eight months a year.

Important: Absences from Ontario
In some circumstances, you may be eligible to apply to OAC while you are temporarily absent from Ontario (e.g. for employment or artistic opportunity). Your absence must be no more than one year and not recurring. You must maintain your permanent physical address in Ontario, and you cannot apply for support from the jurisdiction of your temporary residence.

Ad hoc groups/collectives:
-Must have 50 per cent of their members residing in Ontario
-Must be comprised of at least two members who are Ontario-based professional artists, artistic leaders or arts professionals, and who will be responsible for the administration of the grant on behalf of the ad hoc group/collective
-Cannot be a corporation
-Can deposit a grant cheque in the name of the ad hoc group/collective
Note: Ad hoc groups/collectives come together for a one-time project (ad hoc group) or have ongoing activity (collective).

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
-Have a designated staff member responsible for the applicant’s arts programming
-Present/produce/publish professional Ontario artists, arts professionals and/or arts groups/ collectives and/or arts organizations.

This fund is open to applicants who identify as Deaf or as having a disability, ad hoc groups/collectives with one or more members who are Deaf or who have a disability, and incorporated organizations that have a mandate to serve Deaf artists and artists with disabilities and are disability-led (e.g. board/staff who are Deaf or identify as having a disability).

-Eligible expenses may occur during the period of project creation, development, production, presentation and/or engagement.
-Eligible expenses include costs for making a project accessible to audiences, participants or learners, but do not include capital costs or accessibility supports needed for day-to-day living.
-Requests for these funds can be made after the point of application. Please contact the program officer who administers the program if you have any questions.

The OAC identifies Deaf artists as distinct from artists with disabilities based on the Canadian Hearing Society’s definition of “Culturally Deaf,” a term that refers to individuals who identify with and participate in the language, culture, and community of Deaf people.

The OAC identifies artists with disabilities as people who have physical, mental or learning conditions with long-term, temporary or varying effects that may be apparent or not. For information about OAC’s Accessibility Standards for Service to the Public Policy click here:

Ineligible applicants:
-Organizations that receive a grant in the Media Arts Organization: Operating program
-Organizations that receive an operating grant in other OAC programs, with the exception of organizations mandated to serve one or more of the OAC priority groups

This program does not fund:
-Creation/production projects, commissioning projects, artist residencies, and other activities intended for the creation of new work
-Workshops for youth or non-professionals (see Artists in Communities and Schools Projects)
-Tours (see Touring Projects)
-Prizes, awards or competitions
-Periodicals and newsletters
-Operating or ongoing expenses.

-You may only apply for one grant in any program per deadline.
-Applicants that do not receive OAC operating funding are eligible to receive up to three project grants in a calendar year, provided each grant is for a different activity. (See http// for further details.)
-Operating grant recipients may receive a maximum of two project grants in a year. Check program-specific guidelines for more information.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline Dates: February 21 and September 13, 2018. All project applications will be accepted until 1 p.m. ET on the deadline date.

You can begin an application two months before the project program deadline. When grant decisions are made, approximately four months after the deadline, OAC will inform you by email that the results of your application are available in Nova. Applicants must log into their profile in Nova to view the grant notification letter.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Amber Yared, Program Administrator

For general grant information in French or English contact:
Maya Bedward
Information Services Coordinator
Toll-free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7429

For assistance with technical issues you may encounter while using OAC’s online granting system (Nova) contact technical support:
Phone: 1-800-387-0058 option 3

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

Phone: 416-961-1660 | 1-800-387-0058 (toll-free in Ontario)
Fax: 416-961-7796

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario