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Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Fund: Production and Concept Definition

Grants to Ontario Media Production
Companies for Interactive Digital Content

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Ontario Creates - Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Fund

Conf. Date:

07/18/19

Deadline Date:

08/26/19 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants starting at $10,000 and grants starting at $25,000 to Ontario media production companies for the creation of original and high quality interactive digital media content. Newly-established companies and first-time applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects and activities that will positively impact the Province’s economy.

The IDM Fund consists of two programs to support content creation activities:

- Production: will support early-stage activities that take place prior to and assist the applicant company in preparing for full production of a content project. The types of activities that may be supported include but are not limited to prototype creation, preparation of pre-production documents and pitch material, business planning, and research.

- Concept Definition: will support the creation of complete market-ready content projects that are intended to be experienced by the end user on a digital media platform, network or device that is capable of interactivity. The types of projects that may be supported include but are not limited to video games, VR/AR content projects, mobile content applications, websites and/or web series.

More information about eligible projects and activities can be found here: http://www.ontariocreates.ca/Assets/Industry+Initiatives/English/Content+and+Marketing/IDM+Fund/OMDC+IDM+Fund-Guidelines_en.pdf#page=4.

To be eligible for the Ontario Creates IDM Fund the content project that is the subject of the application must fall into one of two categories: Proprietary Content or Partner-owned Content. For details, see http://www.ontariocreates.ca/Assets/Industry+Initiatives/English/Content+and+Marketing/IDM+Fund/OMDC+IDM+Fund-Guidelines_en.pdf#page=6.

The Ontario Creates IDM Fund will support projects from a range of genres, delivery platforms, and budgets. Consideration will be given to the industrial and creative benefits of activities and projects.

The Ontario Creates IDM Fund is designed to support the creation of projects that consist of professionally created content that will be distributed on a platform, network or device that is capable of interactivity.

Ontario Creates facilitates economic development opportunities for Ontario’s cultural media industries including book and magazine publishing, film and television, music and interactive digital media industries. For more details about the eligible publishing activities, see http://www.ontariocreates.ca/Assets/Industry+Initiatives/English/Content+and+Marketing/IDM+Fund/OMDC+IDM+Fund-Guidelines_en.pdf#page=12.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175125

Estimated Size of Grant:

Concept Definition: $10,000 - $50,000
Production: $25,000 - $250,000

Term of Contract:

The applicant must begin incurring expenses no later than 90 days after notification of Ontario Creates’ decision or the award will expire.

Projects must be completed with all expenses incurred and all deliverables provided to Ontario Creates according to the following timelines or the Ontario Creates' commitment to advance further monies will expire:
- Concept Definition - within 15 months of notification of the decision (12 months for Concept Definition activities and 3 months for preparation of financial reporting documents)
- Production - within 30 months of notification of the decision (24 months for Production activities and 6 months for preparation of financial reporting documents)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications will be accepted from established and new companies.

Established Companies must meet one of the following tests:
- At least 25% of the company’s revenue over the previous two fiscal years comes from the creation of completed screen-based content projects;
- At least 50% of the company’s expenditures over the previous two fiscal years are associated with the production of interactive digital media content projects that would be considered eligible for the Ontario Creates IDM Fund; or
- At least 50% of the company’s revenue over the previous two fiscal years comes from eligible publishing activities and related brand extensions of the core business (i.e. trade shows, website, television properties). They must also have at least one owner or full-time employee with a minimum full-time equivalent of three years of experience in the creation of content for interactive platforms, networks or devices*. A company is considered new if it has less than a year of operation or it has not yet released a product.

New companies must:
- Have an executive team with the experience and commitment required to deliver and commercialize the project including at least one owner or full-time employee with a minimum full-time equivalent of three years of professional experience in the publishing or interactive digital media content production industries*;
- Be majority-owned by individuals that have a recent track record of working in Ontario;
- Be prepared to incorporate immediately if their application is successful; and
- Meet the relevant eligibility criteria for established companies on incorporation.

Applications from all companies must also meet the following requirements:

- Be Ontario-based: have a permanent establishment in Ontario which serves as head office and base of operations (i.e. applicant is eligible to pay corporate income taxes in Ontario; and Ontario address is listed as head office in T2 filing); companies with more than 365 days of operation must be able to demonstrate that they had a permanent establishment in Ontario for at least one year prior to the deadline.
- Be a Canadian-owned organization; as defined in the Investment Canada Act (Canada).
- Be incorporated in Ontario or federally or prepared to incorporate immediately if their application is successful;
- Be in a sound financial position; and
- Be in good standing with Ontario Creates at time of application submission.

The following companies are ineligible:
- A company that is not in good standing with Ontario Creates or one that is associated with an entity that is not in good standing with Ontario Creates; and
- Not-for-profit and public sector entities.

In addition, applications should be submitted by the primary corporate entity and not the single purpose production company.

Technologies, tools, platforms, hardware, software, services, etc. without a content component are ineligible.

For a list of ineligible projects, see http://www.ontariocreates.ca/Assets/Industry+Initiatives/English/Content+and+Marketing/IDM+Fund/OMDC+IDM+Fund-Guidelines_en.pdf#page=5.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an Ontario Creates IDM Fund Information Session. Please complete the online registration form by 5:00 pm on the day prior to the Information Session. Unregistered guests will only be accepted if space permits.

Date: Monday, July 15, 2019
Information Session #1 - Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am - Registration required.
Location: Conference Centre, 8th Floor, North Tower, 175 Bloor Street East, Toronto

Date: Monday, July 15, 2019
Information Session #2 - Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Registration required.
Location: Conference Centre, 8th Floor, North Tower, 175 Bloor Street East, Toronto

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - Registration required.
Webex Online Information Session - Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

For more details and to register: http://www.ontariocreates.ca/interactive/Interactive_Digital_Media_Fund/Production_and_Concept_Definition/Information_Session___Online___S_ance_d_information___en_ligne.htm.

Pre-Application Information:

There are two deadlines. Applications must be submitted to Ontario Creates by 5:00 pm on April 8, 2019, or August 26, 2019. All applications must be submitted electronically through the Online Application Portal.

Companies and their affiliates may submit up to two applications per deadline ranked in order of preference.

Companies must spend at least twice the contribution received from the Ontario Creates IDM Fund on Ontario expenses. Applicants that spend a greater percentage of their budget in Ontario will receive a higher score in the appropriate decision category. In addition, a minimum 10% of the total project budget is required as a cash contribution from a source other than Ontario Creates.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online: https://apply.ontariocreates.ca/

Kim Gibson, Program Consultant
Phone: 416-642-6651
Email: kgibson@ontariocreates.ca

Chris Dunn, Program Consultant
Phone: 416-642-6687
Email: cdunn@ontariocreates.ca

Matt Hilliard-Forde, Program Consultant
Phone: 416-642-6627
Email: mhilliard-forde@ontariocreates.ca

Program Coordinator, Industry Initiatives
Phone: 416-642-6697
Email: idmfund@ontariocreates.ca

Enquiries regarding the Online Application Portal (OAP) should be directed to: applyhelp@ontariocreates.ca

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario