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Chalmers Professional Development Projects

Grants to Ontario Professional Artists to Enhance their
Abilities and Further their Professional Development

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

Deadline Date:

11/01/17 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of $7,500 to Ontario artists for projects that will help further their career development. Projects should support local artists in obtaining new techniques and skills that will improve their artistic practice. Grants will be made in two different categories: for artists practicing professionally for 10 years or less, and for artists practicing professionally for 11 years or more.

What this program funds:

- Mentorships and apprenticeships including fees paid to the mentor(s).
- Skills training courses (e.g. master classes).
- Living expenses: to support the rent/mortgage and utility costs of your permanent residence, or live/work residence (up to $100 per day for the work plan).
- Activities conducted in locations outside Ontario: to help cover travel costs including local transportation, accommodation (up to $150 per day) and meals (up to $40 per day). Travel costs must be economical, such as renting an apartment instead of a hotel during an extended stay.

Program-specific definitions:

- Permanent or semi-permanent faculty members of a college/university: Individuals who are tenured, tenured-stream, contractually limited or continuing:
- By tenured, they mean a person who is a tenured faculty member of a college or university.
- By tenured-stream, they mean a person who is working towards tenure at a college or university.
- Mentorships: Developmental relationships with more experienced artists or elders who share information, skills/knowledge or best practice.
- Apprenticeships: Temporary positions with professional artists or arts organizations that provide on-the-job training, which advances a professional artist’s skills. Apprentices cannot replace current positions contracted by professional artists or arts organizations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180247

Estimated Size of Grant:

$7,500; Partial grants are not awarded.

Term of Contract:

The activities for which you are requesting funding cannot start before March 1, 2018, and must be completed no later than March, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who is eligible:

- Professional artists who are Ontario residents and have a permanent physical address in Ontario.
- Professional artists who may be eligible in any OAC grant program only.

Not Eligible:

- Individuals who have received a Chalmers Professional Development Projects grant in the last three years.
- Ensembles, 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.
- Applicants who applied to, or have not received notification that their application is unsuccessful; or applicants who have received a grant and not submitted a final report in any of the following programs: Chalmers Arts Fellowships; Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour; Craft Projects – development category; Deaf and Disabilities Arts Projects – professional development category; Northern Arts Projects – professional development category.

Not Funded:

- Creating/completing/recording or producing art work(s); commissioning/acquiring or publishing art work(s); and touring/exhibiting/promoting or marketing artist’s work.
- Projects that include collaborating with other artists, ad hoc groups/collectives and/or organizations; or projects that are affiliated with the applicant’s ad hoc group/collective and/or organization.
- Attending arts fairs/showcases, book launches, business planning.
- Undergraduate or graduate university or college courses.
- Fundraising and purchasing computers or other equipment, e.g. musical instruments and shipping of art work(s).
- Travel costs of the applicant’s spouse, partner, dependants, students and/or non-professional participants.
- Living expenses for applicants who are also being paid by an employer during the duration of their proposal are ineligible.

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

Myles Warren, Officer
Phone: 416-969-7422

Rohana Buzamlak, Program Administrator
Phone: 416-969-7416

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario