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

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Ontario Creates - Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Fund

Conf. Date:

08/02/22

Deadline Date:

08/29/22 5:00 PM

Description:

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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. 

  • Concept Definition: will support early-stage activities that take place prior to and assist the applicant company in preparing for full production of an interactive 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. 
  • Production: will support the creation of market-ready interactive content projects that will be made publicly available to an audience 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, mobile content apps, e-learning content, XR experiences with substantial interactive content, digital publishing projects and other web properties. 

The IDM Fund Production and Concept Definition programs now consist of two streams:

  • Interactive Content (Non-Linear) program provides IDM content creators with funding for activities related to the creation of interactive content.
  • Video Content (Linear) program provides IDM content creators with funding for activities related to the creation of digital first content which is intended to be accessed in a linear fashion.

The objectives of the IDM Fund are to:

  • Support the creation of high quality, original, interactive digital media content projects by Ontario companies for commercial exploitation;
  • Assist in capitalizing Ontario content companies creating interactive digital content projects; and
  • Contribute to the financing of projects that make a positive contribution to the Ontario economy.

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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175125

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications will be accepted from established and new companies.

Interactive Content (Non-Linear) - For definitions of "established" and "new" companies, see: https://ontariocreates.ca/uploads/industry_initiatives/eng/content-and-marketing/idm-fund/idm-prodution-and-concept-definition/idm-fund-vid-guidelines.pdf#page=3

Video Content (Linear) - For definitions of "established" and "new" companies, see: https://ontariocreates.ca/uploads/industry_initiatives/eng/content-and-marketing/idm-fund/idm-prodution-and-concept-definition/idm-fund-int-guidelines.pdf#page=3

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:
- Private colleges and training institutions;
- A company that is delivering online services for individuals;
- 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.

Interactive Content (Non-Linear) - For more information on ineligible activities, see: https://ontariocreates.ca/uploads/industry_initiatives/eng/content-and-marketing/idm-fund/idm-prodution-and-concept-definition/idm-fund-vid-guidelines.pdf#page=6

Video Content (Linear) - For more information on ineligible activities, see: https://ontariocreates.ca/uploads/industry_initiatives/eng/content-and-marketing/idm-fund/idm-prodution-and-concept-definition/idm-fund-int-guidelines.pdf#page=7

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.

Interactive Content (Non-Linear) - Registration required
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4naR2xJlRoKFl-uMbLsH-A

Video Content (Linear) - Registration required
Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Sw9HXOY0Qauvj3HQ6UWXiw

Panel Discussion with Successful Applicants and AMA Session - Registration required
Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qc-XttkLQdS3E8rtboXugw

Budget Workshop and AMA Session - Registration required
Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2022 - Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_F9wtCzuhTnKITjB_SDy0-g

Note: Information session participants will receive an invitation via email with a link and password to login and will be able to call in via conference call during the session.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines:
- April 11, 2022 by 5:00 pm
- August 29, 2022 by 5:00 pm

Applicants will be notified about the status of their application within 4 months of the deadline.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to start the application process well in advance of the deadline in case technical support is required.

Prior to starting an application, your company’s corporate information must be registered with the OAP.

Applicants must indicate whether they are intending to submit applications to other funding agencies.

As a requirement of the program, participating 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.

The Ontario Creates IDM Fund will only act as a last-in participant in project financing. All financing required in addition to Ontario Creates' contribution including investment by the applicant or other investors must be committed in writing at the time of application and supported by appropriate documentation. All deferrals, discounts and other non-cash contributions must be supported in writing.

All documentation must be submitted on the relevant Ontario Creates IDM Fund budget template. Two templates are available, one for Concept Definition projects and one for Production projects.

If you would like to request an alternative process or format for submitting an application please contact the relevant Program Consultant a minimum of four weeks before the deadline.

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

OAP Information and FAQs: https://ontariocreates.ca/our-sectors/interactive/interactive-digital-media-fund/idm-fund-production-and-concept-definition/learn-more-2-1-2-1

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/

Application assistance: applyhelp@ontariocreates.ca

Request for French information session: idmfund@ontariocreates.ca

For Video Game Projects
Kim Gibson
Program Consultant
416-642-6651
kgibson@ontariocreates.ca

For Digital Publishing, Elearning, Other Content
Matt Hilliard-Forde
Program Consultant
416-890-0648
mhilliardforde@ontariocreates.ca

For Video, Web Series Projects
Danielle Hébert
Program Consultant
416-642-6687
dhebert@ontariocreates.ca

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

Ontario Creates
175 Bloor Street East
South Tower, Suite 501
Toronto, Ontario
M4W 3R8

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