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Multi and Inter-Arts Projects

Grants to Ontario Artists, Groups, and Nonprofits
to Support Multidisciplinary Art Forms

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

Deadline Date:

10/17/18 1:00 PM ET


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Grants to Ontario professional artists, collectives, groups, and nonprofit organizations to create, produce, and present multidisciplinary works of art. Funding may also be used to support professional development activities that promote multidisciplinary art. Eligible works of art are those that involve two or more of the following art forms: dance, theater, music, visual and media arts, and literature.

The program supports the creation, production and presentation of multi- and inter-arts work by professional Ontario artists, ad hoc groups/collectives and organizations working in all art forms and initiatives that benefit the professional multi- and inter-arts community. There are four categories:

- Creation: supports the initial artistic costs of creating new multi- and inter-arts work, for research, exploration and experimentation
- Production and Presentation: helps support the artistic production and presentation costs of multi- and inter-arts work
- Series/Festivals: helps support the presentation and promotion costs of arts activities/events presented either at regular intervals or within a defined and concentrated period of time of one or more day
- Development Initiatives: helps support the costs of activities and initiatives that significantly benefit Ontario’s multi and inter-arts sector. This includes professional development workshop series, training initiatives, conferences and other activities with a community impact. Projects cannot be related to creation, production or presentation activities of a single production. Professional development workshop series and training initiatives must include registration fees.

This program funds:

- Artists’ fees
- Production costs (e.g. staging, technical equipment, costumes)
- Venue or studio rental
- Marketing, promotion and administration costs

Multi- and inter-arts activities: are practices, initiatives and events that have two or more artistic forms present in equal balance in the creation, production and presentation of work. Artistic forms may remain separate or can be combined to create new, unified forms. Multi and inter-arts activities involve bringing art forms together in ways that make the activity unique and therefore not eligible for funding in OAC's discipline-based programs in Theatre, Dance, Music, Literature, Visual Arts or Media Arts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175548

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amount(s):

- Creation: maximum $10,000
- Production and Presentation: maximum $20,000
- Series/Festivals: maximum $15,000
- Development Initiatives: maximum $8,000

Term of Contract:

The activities for which you are requesting funding:

- Cannot start before the deadline
- Cannot finish before you receive your grant results
- Must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:

- Professional artists who are Ontario residents and have a permanent physical address in Ontario
- Ad hoc groups/collectives and organizations that are comprised of professional artists with a permanent physical address in Ontario
- Incorporated not-for-profit Ontario-based arts organizations with a permanent physical address in Ontario
- Other not-for-profit organizations or ad hoc groups/collectives such as non-arts organizations or organizations and ad hoc groups/collectives working in other arts disciplines supported by OAC

You must demonstrate that you have engaged the appropriate professional expertise to carry out the project, e.g. the expertise of the arts professionals directly involved in the project, and/or the expertise of an advisory committee that includes arts professionals.

An Individual must:

- Be a professional artist/arts professional

The OAC defines a professional artist/arts professional as someone who has developed skills through training or practice, is recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition, has a history of public presentation or publication, seeks payment for her or his work and actively practices his or her art. Short breaks in artistic work history are acceptable.

- Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, or have an application pending for permanent resident status and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.
- Be a resident of Ontario who has lived in Ontario for 12 consecutive months prior to making a grant application, and
- Live in Ontario no less than eight months a year.

Ad hoc groups/collectives must:

- Have 50 per cent of their members residing in Ontario
- be comprised of at least two members who are Ontario-based professional artists, artistic leaders or arts professionals, who will be responsible for the administration of the grant on behalf of the ad hoc group/collective
- Not be a corporation
- Be able to deposit a grant cheque in the name of the ad hoc group/collective

Note: Ad hoc groups/collectives may be formed for a one-time project (ad hoc group) or have ongoing activity (collective).

Incorporated not-for-profit organizations must:

- Be incorporated in Ontario or federally
- Have a head office in Ontario
- Be governed by a volunteer board of directors or an advisory board

Ineligible applicants:

- Municipalities, colleges and/or universities
- students for whom the proposed activity is directly related to their graduate degree or thesis
- Organizations that receive a grant in the Multi and Inter-Arts Organizations – Operating program
- Organizations that receive an operating grant in other OAC programs, with the exception of organizations mandated to serve one or more of the OAC priority groups

Important: Organizations applying as new applicants in the Multi and Inter-Arts Organizations – Operating program may apply only for projects taking place in their current fiscal year.

This program does not fund:

- Events or activities that take place outside of Ontario
- Projects eligible for funding in other OAC programs
- Amateur, pre-professional, student or faculty projects
- Events for which the presentation of artistic programming is not the primary purpose
- Fundraising activities
- Tours (see Touring Projects)
- Capital costs

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Myron Kozak, Program Administrator
416-961-1660 ext. 7113
Toll-free in Ontario: ​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7113

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario