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Capacity-Building and Business Development

Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Fund: Industry Development

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Ontario Creates - Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Fund

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08/11/22 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $35,000 to Ontario nonprofit trade and event organizations for capacity-building and business development activities. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to submitting an application. Funding is available for projects that will encourage the growth of local cultural media industries.

Ontario Creates Industry Development Program provides support to Ontario’s established trade and event organizations to offer initiatives, events, and activities with long-term impacts on growth and sustainability in the book, magazine, film, television, and interactive digital media sectors.

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.
  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.

For additional information on these streams, see:

In both the Business Development and Capacity Building streams, Ontario Creates has identified three priority areas for 2022-23:

  • Skills development, mentorship and increased workforce capacity
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Marketing and discoverability, including high impact B2B opportunities

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.

Ontario Creates applies a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion to the evaluation criteria for this program, and directs jury members to do the same. Applicants proposing projects/activities that support, reflect, and strengthen diversity and gender parity in Ontario are expected to tangibly demonstrate a genuine and sustained commitment to these equity-seeking communities.* 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.

For a complete list of Eligible Costs, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 175127

Estimated Size of Grant:

Contributions will generally range from $5,000 to $35,000. Requests for higher amounts must be discussed with the appropriate program consultant prior to application. Funding may not exceed 75% of the approved budget.

Term of Contract:

Applicants must begin their project planning no later than 3 months after the deadline at which they submit their application, and have a total of 12 months to complete the project.

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 applicants are directed to the Ontario Music Investment Fund, Music Industry Initiatives program; and
- Applicants must be established organizations in operation for at least one full year;

Overall Eligibility Criteria:
- Projects must be targeted at Ontario Creates’ clients in the book, magazine, film, television or interactive digital media sectors and/or any combination of these sectors;
- Projects should take place in Ontario; however, activities may take place elsewhere provided the project will have significant benefit to Ontario companies;
- Applications must include measurable targets and outcomes to determine the success of the project. 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 project;
- Applicants must demonstrate the feasibility of their financing plan.

For Ineligible Expenses, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the upcoming Ontario Creates Industry Development Program Information Session. Please complete the online registration form by 5:00 pm on the day prior to the Information Session.


Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

If you are interested in attending an Ontario Creates Information Session but require it be conducted in French please send a request to the email address, below, by February 23, 2022 and arrangements will be made to schedule an additional session on an alternate date.

If you are interested in attending an Ontario Creates Information Session and have additional accessibility issues that need to be considered, please contact the email address, below.

Pre-Application Information:

- April 7, 2022 5:00 PM ET
- August 11, 2022 5:00 PM ET

Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the application process early to allow ample time to compile and complete the necessary information.

Application Process: Organizations planning to submit an application are required to contact the appropriate program consultant beforehand to discuss the eligibility of both the organization and the activity. Applications should be submitted by the deadline prior to the start date of the proposed activity. Single applications containing multiple activities can be made providing each activity commences within the appropriate timeframe for that deadline. An applicant organization may need to apply multiple times throughout the year depending on the commencement time of their activities.

Late applications will not be considered for funding.

Funding may not exceed 75% of the approved budget.

Funds generally will be paid out 60% on execution of Ontario Creates agreement and 40% at the completion of the activity and receipt of a final report.

Contact Information:

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

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For Information Session accommodations, contact:

Inquiries regarding Ontario Creates programs should be directed to the appropriate Coordinator, Industry Initiatives:

Film, Television and Screen-based Media
Phone: 416-642-6695

Books and Magazines
Phone: 416-642-6652

Interactive Digital Media:

For specific information, contact the appropriate Industry Initiatives Consultant:
- Book Publishing: Bianca Spence:
- Film and Television: Karam Masri: or Kelly Payne:
- Interactive Digital Media: Danielle Hébert or Kim Gibson
- Magazine Publishing: Matt Hilliard-Forde:

For technical assistance with the application, please contact the OAP Helpdesk at or call (416)314-6858

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