Ontario Creates - Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Fund
08/29/22 5:00 PM
Grants to Ontario media production companies for the creation of digital media content. Funding is intended to support projects and activities that will positively impact the province’s economy. Applications from companies that are BIPOC-led, Francophone-led, or led by people with disabilities are strongly encouraged.
The Ontario Creates Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Fund Concept Definition and Production programs provide IDM content creators with funding for high quality, original interactive digital media content projects that make a positive contribution to the Ontario economy. 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.
The IDM Fund Production and Concept Definition programs now consist of two streams:
The objectives of the IDM Fund are to:
The Ontario Creates IDM Fund – Interactive Content (Non-Linear) program provides IDM content creators with funding for activities related to the creation of interactive content. Content is considered interactive when it requires the active participation of and input from users which has an impact on the manner in which that content is experienced by those users. This can include, but is not limited to: video games, mobile content apps, e-learning content, XR experiences with substantial interactive content, digital publishing projects and other web properties.
The Ontario Creates IDM Fund – Interactive Content (Non-Linear) 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 encourages applications from companies that are led by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour) or Francophone individuals and applicants that otherwise meet the provincial definition of diversity. Ontario Creates welcomes applications from people with disabilities, people who are deaf, and people who have barriers to accessing technology.
The Ontario Creates IDM Fund Video Content (Linear) program is designed to support the creation of projects that consist of professionally created linear video content that will be distributed on a platform, network or device that is capable of interactivity. Ontario Creates values and supports diversity and gender parity at all levels and business roles within creative industries. Ontario Creates welcomes applications from people with disabilities, people who are deaf, and people who have barriers to accessing technology.
More information on eligible Interactive Content projects and activities: https://ontariocreates.ca/uploads/industry_initiatives/eng/content-and-marketing/idm-fund/idm-prodution-and-concept-definition/idm-fund-vid-guidelines.pdf#page=5
More information on eligible Video Content projects and activities: https://ontariocreates.ca/uploads/industry_initiatives/eng/content-and-marketing/idm-fund/idm-prodution-and-concept-definition/idm-fund-int-guidelines.pdf#page=5
To be eligible for the Ontario Creates IDM Fund the content project that is the subject of the application must be proprietary content. For details, see: https://ontariocreates.ca/uploads/industry_initiatives/eng/content-and-marketing/idm-fund/idm-prodution-and-concept-definition/idm-fund-int-guidelines.pdf#page=5
GrantWatch ID#: 175125
The IDM Fund will provide a non-refundable contribution of up to 50% of eligible Ontario expenses as follows:
- Concept Definition: $10,000 - $50,000
- Production: $25,000 - $300,000
The applicant must begin incurring expenses no later than 90 days after notification of Ontario Creates’ decision.
Projects must be completed with all expenses incurred and all deliverables provided to Ontario Creates according to the following timelines:
- 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) with a possible extension of up to 6 months
- Production - within 30 months of notification of the decision (24 months for Production activities and 6 months for preparation of financial reporting documents) with a possible extension of up to 12 months
In situations where projects undergo beneficial and significant changes after contracting such that they are no longer able to meet IDM Fund requirements, Ontario Creates will work to negotiate a modified delivery of the project that takes into account the objectives of the IDM Fund.
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/
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