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Chalmers Arts Fellowships

Grants to Ontario Artists to Undertake Research and
Professional Development Programs for Career Advancement

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

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06/19/18 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $25,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to Ontario artists for travel, research, and professional development projects that will benefit their careers. Funding is intended to give artists the opportunity to examine the artistic process and research topics that examine their arts practice.

There are two categories of eligible applicants:
- Artists practicing professionally for 10 years or less: The total number of weeks for your proposal cannot be less than 13 weeks or more than 26 weeks.
- Artists practicing professionally for 11 years or more: The total number of weeks for your proposal cannot be less than 13 weeks or more than 52 weeks.

This program funds self-directed projects that experiment, investigate and/or examine an artist’s practice. Here are three examples of Chalmers Arts Fellowships awarded in the past:

- A writer investigated the nature of storytelling and listening. The grant enabled the artist to travel, meet poets, folklorists, anthropologists, activists, writers, composers and other artists, and examine how new stories, myths and traditions are being sustained and reinvented in the modern world.
- A musician explored the traditional instruments and songs of a local culture. This artist met musicians and researched the foundations of their craft, recording their songs and musical traditions. The artist became more aware of the communal aspect of making music, particularly the powerful effect it has on people’s daily life, emotional experience, sense of ritual and feeling of belonging.
- A filmmaker had shelves full of ideas and projects but never enough time to pursue them adequately. The grant allowed the artist to experiment with new techniques.

Eligible expenses include: applicant artist fee: up to $725 per week; out of town transportation, accommodation (up to $175 per day) and meal allowance (up to $45 per day) - travel costs must be economical, such as renting an apartment instead of a hotel during an extended stay; project research costs. Only the following costs are eligible:

- Studio/work space leased specifically for the project work plan, excluding your permanent live/work space
- Rented or leased equipment
- Fees paid to gain access to archives and/or collections, or to performances or exhibitions
- Supplies and materials
- Visa fees
- Payment of fees and any expenses for persons you hire to work under your direction to assist, not collaborate on your project. You may be required to submit a letter from them outlining the work to be done.
- Courses that support the research of the project, not professional development or skills training

Applicants who are Deaf or have a disability and need support to complete their grant applications can apply for funds to cover the costs of assistance from service providers. Up to $500 is available per eligible applicant in a year.

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GrantWatch ID#: 180235

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Artists practicing professionally for 10 years or less: Up to $25,000
- Artists practicing professionally for 11 years or more: Up to $50,000
- The minimum grant is $10,000.
- Assistance to artists with disabilities: Up to $500

Term of Contract:

Activities for which you are requesting funding cannot start before January 1, 2019, and must be completed no later than December 31, 2020. Grant funds are released after January 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include professional artists who are Ontario residents and have a permanent physical address in Ontario, and professional artists that are eligible in any OAC program.

Individuals 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 practises 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 a minimum of one year prior to making a grant application, and live in Ontario no less than eight months a year.

Important: Absences from Ontario
In some circumstances, you may be eligible to apply to OAC while you are temporarily absent from Ontario (e.g. for employment or artistic opportunity). Your absence must be no more than one year and not recurring. You must maintain your permanent physical address in Ontario, and you cannot apply for support from the jurisdiction of your temporary residence.

Ineligible applicants:

- Individuals who have received a grant in this program in the last three years
- Individuals who have received two Chalmers Arts Fellowships grants
- Individuals who have received a grant, and not completed and reported on a project in any of the following programs: Chalmers Professional Development Projects; Chalmers Arts Fellowships; National and International Residency Projects; Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour. Note: If you have submitted a final report for a previous grant in the above programs, the report must be approved before you are eligible to apply.
- Individuals who applied to or received a grant from National and International Residency Projects for similar or the same activity in the last two years
- Ad hoc groups/collectives, organizations, arts administrators/producers
- Permanent or semi-permanent faculty members of a college/university
- Students enrolled full-or part-time in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college/university, regardless of the program of study

This program does not fund:

-Creating, editing, touring, exhibiting, distributing, producing, rehearsing and/or publishing art work(s)
-Researching the topic(s) and/or subject(s) of new work(s)
- Market development projects, such as attendance at performance showcases, book launches, art fairs, festivals, etc.
- Documentation of art work and production of portfolios or promotion materials
- Collaborating with other artists, ad hoc groups/collectives and/or organizations or affiliated with the applicant’s own ad hoc group/collective and/or organization
- Mentorships, master classes or training activities led by professional artists (see Program Specific Definitions)
- Undergraduate or graduate university or college courses
- Activities eligible for, or supported by Telefilm Canada or commercial production funds, National Film Board of Canada, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada or the National Research Council
- Fundraising activities, contests or competitions

Ineligible expenses include:

- Artist’s fees if they are also being remunerated by an employer during the duration of their project
- Language classes
- Renovation of applicants’ residences/studios
- Administration expenses, e.g. office supplies, administrator/manager fees, etc.
- Purchasing computers or other equipment, e.g. musical instruments and shipping of art work(s)
- Out-of-town travel costs for a partner, dependents, colleague, mentor or person(s) involved in the project

Pre-Application Information:

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Myles Warren, Dance and Awards Officer

Rohana Buzamlak, Program Administrator

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario