Theatre Projects

Grants to Ontario Nonprofits, Artists, and Ensembles
for Theater Productions and Exploration

GrantWatch ID#: 180701
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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

08/01/17 1:00 PM ET

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Grants to Ontario nonprofit organizations, professional theater artists, and artist ensembles and collectives for the production, creation, exploration, and presentation of theater. Priority will be given to works by Canadians. This program supports a broad range of projects regardless of theatrical tradition, as well as initiatives that benefit the Ontario professional theater community.

Projects can happen in any language except French, although applications must be submitted in English.

The grants fall into five categories:

Creation: contribution to the artistic costs of initial exploration and development of a theatrical project or idea, for research, exploration and experimentation.

Creation in Residence: contribution to the artistic costs of a residence, with a professional not-for-profit Ontario theatre company, in playwriting or other methods of creation.

Development Workshops: contribution to the costs of a workshops or similar development projects; some form of public presentation is necessary.

Productions: contribution to the costs of single productions, including shared-production models.

Festivals/Theater Initiatives: contribution to the costs of festivals, or the costs of artists or arts professionals participating in activities and initiatives that significantly benefit the professional theatre community at large and are not related to a single production, including presentations, series, conferences and other public forums, community professional development, administrative collaborations, and other activities with a community impact.

What this Program Funds:
-Artistic research, exploration and experimentation.
-Playwriting and other methods of creation, either in-residence with a professional not-for-profit Ontario theatre company, or independently.
-Workshops and other development projects.
-Single productions, including shared-production models.
-Festivals, presentations and series.
-Community professional development, administrative collaborations, conferences and other public forums.

-Creation: Maximum $5,000
-Creation in Residence: Maximum $10,000
-Development Workshops: Maximum $15,000
-Productions: Maximum $20,000
-Festivals/Theater Initiatives: Maximum $15,000

The activities for which you are requesting funding cannot start before the deadline; cannot finish before you receive your grant results; and must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results.

Who is Eligible:
-Professional theater artists who are residents of Ontario with a permanent physical address in Ontario.
-Ad hoc groups/collectives composed of a majority of Ontario residents.
-Not-for-profit organizations based in Ontario that produce or present professional theatre.
-Organizations must have a permanent physical address in Ontario.

Who is Not Eligible:
-Non-professional applicants
-Current recipients of an operating grant in the Theatre Organizations program
-Current recipients of an operating grant in other OAC operating programs, with the exception of organizations mandated to serve one or more of OAC’s priority groups.
-Municipalities, colleges and universities

Not Funded:
-Events or activities that take place outside of Ontario
-Amateur, pre-professional or student productions or projects
-Activities in French (see Jets de théâtre program)
-Tours (see Touring Projects)

Deadlines are February 16 and August 1, 2017, 1:00 PM ET.

Applications are available online approximately two months before the deadline. Grant notification will be available approximately four months after each deadline.

OAC Project Programs Eligibility:

Application Questions:

Preparing Effective Artistic Examples for Theatre, Dance and Performance-Based Multi and Inter-Arts (video):

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

Maya Bedward, Information Services Coordinator
416-969-7429 / 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7429 (toll-free in Ontario)

Ontario Arts Council
121 Bloor Street East, 7th Floor
Toronto, ON M4W 3M5

P: 416-961-1660 / 1-800-387-0058 (toll-free in Ontario)
F: 416-961-7796

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