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IDM Fund: Industry Development

Grants to Ontario Nonprofit Trade and Event
Organizations to Grow the Cultural Media Industry

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Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) - Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Fund

Deadline Date:

11/01/18 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $60,000 to Ontario nonprofit trade and event organizations for events, activities, and other initiatives that foster growth in the cultural media industry. Funding is available for business development, as well as organizational capacity building.


The Industry Development Program will provide funding to eligible organizations that are engaging in strategic initiatives with long-term impacts on growth and sustainability in the book, magazine, film, television, and interactive digital media sectors.

Successful Industry Development Program applicants will receive funding for activities that expand skills, business capacity, market share, sales, and innovation. Activities must demonstrate the potential for measurable results for Ontario companies that create and sell content in the book, magazine, film, television, and interactive digital media sectors, and/or any combination of these sectors.

Funding is provided in the form of direct grants towards the costs of eligible activities. Contributions are non-refundable. Funding may not exceed 75% of the total approved budget.

Applicants must demonstrate clear, sustainable outcomes which align with the objectives of the applicable Industry Development Program stream.

OMDC values and supports diversity and gender parity within creative industries. The evaluation criteria for this program includes a bonus score for activities that support and reflect diversity and gender parity in Ontario, and/or applications from Francophone, Indigenous, culturally and otherwise diverse applicants.

The Ontario Media Development Corporation is committed to fostering respectful workplaces in all sectors and companies we support. A respectful workplace is one that values diversity and inclusion, dignity, courteous conduct, fairness, positive communication and professional working relationships. A respectful workplace is free from harassment and discrimination including sexual harassment.

OMDC expects that all funding recipients maintain the principles of a respectful workplace including taking every reasonable step to:
-Cultivate and sustain a respectful, positive, inclusive and supportive work culture
-Provide a safe mechanism for staff to report incidents or allegations of inappropriate behavior
-Take action to prevent, identify and eliminate workplace harassment and discrimination in a timely manner

An eligibility requirement for this program includes the applicant organization confirming that they have in place both guiding principles and a process for maintaining a respectful workplace. Please download the Applicant Affidavit from the OMDC website or from the application form in the OAP, sign, and include with your application as instructed.

Program Streams:

There are two program streams. Proposed activities must be eligible for one of these streams.

1. Business Development – support to organizations for business to business (B2B) industry activities and business to consumer (B2C) audience development activities that offer opportunities for new business leads, sales and relationships:

-Strategies and approaches to access new markets and overcome barriers. Possible activities could include but are not limited to: marketing through new channels, targeting niche markets, exploiting new geographic targets; structured group or one-on-one meetings between buyers and sellers; business and/or content incubators with market participation, forums that connect buyers or investors with Ontario companies;
-Sales office and strategic export activities at global industry markets. These applicants must contact OMDC prior to submitting an application.

2. Capacity Building – support for strategic activities that address challenges and opportunities or environmental changes that contribute to either the capacity of the applicant organization or its stakeholder group:

-Well-defined learning activities for industry professionals;
-Industry events at conferences, markets, and festivals and activities that a trade organization has clearly identified as a key priority on behalf of its members and stakeholders;
-Activities that provide strategic and organizational efficiencies of benefit to the applicant organization’s members and stakeholders.

It is anticipated that the Industry Development Program may support activities that cross over between the two streams. Please identify the primary focus of your activity to determine which stream is applicable. If you are unsure of the stream, please contact the appropriate consultant for your sector.

OMDC encourages applicants who host event-based activities to choose accessible venues and offer accommodations for people with disabilities as required.

Eligible Administrative Costs:

Capped at 25% of the budget, costs may include:
-Office space/rent and corporate services directly related to the activity; including utilities, payroll service costs, couriers, photocopying, use of office equipment, rental of office space and other organization overhead costs. The definition of an administrative cost is, within reason, at the discretion of OMDC;
-Labor that supports the administration of the activity (management oversight, accounting etc.).

Eligible Labor Costs:
-Labor directly related to the execution of the activity (in-house and contract positions calculated at a fair market rate).

Eligible Capital Costs:
-Budget allocations towards capital expenditures such as equipment purchases are eligible if required for an activity (such as digital infrastructure and innovation), but may not exceed 15% of the total budget;
-Equipment and Materials: if purchased, amortization must be calculated using the straight-line method with a prescribed useful life of 24 months; if rented, actual rental cost;
-Software: 50% of the cost or the amortization expense using the straight-line method with a prescribed useful life of 12 months (whichever is less).

Other Important Information:
-All costs with the exception of labor and administration must be paid to unrelated parties;
-Confirmed funding from other sources should be supported by appropriate documentation (i.e. letter of commitment or contract from the funding source);
-Unconfirmed funding from other sources should be supported by appropriate documentation to substantiate the likelihood of receiving such funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175127

Estimated Size of Grant:

Contributions will generally range from $5,000 to $60,000. Requests for higher amounts must be discussed with the appropriate program consultant prior to application.

Term of Contract:

Activities may commence:

August 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018, for the July 3 deadline; or
December 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019, for the November 1 deadline.

Annual activities must reapply for subsequent funding. Previously supported activities are not guaranteed future funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants
-Applicants must be incorporated, not-for-profit Ontario or national organizations offering significant benefit to Ontario participants. At least 60% of a national organization’s membership must be Ontario-based;
-Applicants must be recognized as a trade or event organization that serves the interests of one or more of the book, magazine, film, television or interactive digital media sectors. Music industry applications are directed to the Ontario Music Fund, Music Industry Development Program;
-Applicants must be established organizations in operation for at least one full year;
-Applications from organizations that are not incorporated or operate on a for-profit basis but that offer significant benefit to Ontario participants may be considered by OMDC on a case-by-case basis. These applicants must contact OMDC prior to submitting an application.

Overall Eligibility Criteria:
-Activities must be targeted at OMDC’s identified clients in the book, magazine, film, television or interactive digital media sectors and/or any combination of these sectors;
-Activities must provide targeted business opportunities relevant to the commercial interests of Ontario companies and can include potential for commercial transactions to take place;
-Activities should take place in Ontario; however, activities may take place elsewhere provided that it can be demonstrated the activity will have significant benefit to Ontario companies;
-Applications must include expected targets and measures for determining the success of the activity, including commercial and business development results. Priority results include the number of Ontario participants; the number of new business leads and opportunities generated; and the value of actual and anticipated sales, pre-sales and licensing agreements generated by the activity;
-Applicants must demonstrate the feasibility of their financing plan.

The following expenses are ineligible:
-Expenses incurred outside of the approved activity period;
-Expenses that were not in the original budget and which did not receive pre-approval by OMDC;
-Labour costs not directly related to the activity;
-Staff benefit costs;
-In-kind costs for staff exceeding 25% of the applicant’s contribution;
-Occupancy costs, unless otherwise stated in program guidelines;
-Real estate costs and leasehold improvements;
-Capital costs related to permanent structures (e.g., materials, labor, land acquisition, purchase of equipment for project construction, any rehabilitation or retrofit of existing infrastructure assets);
-Cost of alcoholic beverages;
-Fees relating to the compilation (notice-to-reader), review, or audit of applicant financial statements;
-Cost of General Liability insurance (however, the cost of specific event insurance is eligible);
-Sales Taxes: Taxes that are recoverable by the recipient may not be claimed as an eligible cost on the Activity Budget. Examples of taxes that are recoverable include GST/HST, PST, VAT;
-Related party transactions which did not receive pre-approval by OMDC.

Pre-Application Information:

Funding may not exceed 75% of the approved budget.

-March 1, 2018 by 5:00 PM, for activities commencing April 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018.
-July 3, 2018 by 5:00 PM, for activities commencing August 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.
-November 1, 2018 by 5:00 PM for activities commencing from December 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

General program inquiries should be directed to the appropriate Coordinator, Industry Initiatives:

Film, Television, Interactive Digital Media
Phone: 416-642-6695

Books, Magazines and Music
Phone: 416-642-6652

Interactive Digital Media:

For specific information please contact the appropriate Industry Initiatives Consultant:

Book Publishing:

Janet Hawkins

Film and Television:

Karam Masri

Kelly Payne:

Interactive Digital Media:

Kim Gibson

Chris Dunn or

Magazine Publishing:

Matt Hilliard-Forde

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario