Ontario Arts Council (OAC)
11/28/19 1:00 PM ET
Grants to Ontario nonprofit arts organizations, individual artists, artist groups and collectives, school boards, and First Nation or Indigenous schools to support arts projects that engage the local community. Funding is intended to promote the collaboration between local professional artists and community members to develop and design a creative experience. These experiences may include co-creation.
The program supports the research, development, and realization of community-engaged arts projects. Skill building is a core component of projects. There are three categories:
- Planning: to help cover the costs of co-planning and co-design of the project between artists and communities
- Project: to help cover the costs of realizing a community-engaged arts project
- Two-year project: to help cover the costs of continuous multi-phased community-engaged arts project for two years.
The program is committed to developing the field of community-engaged arts. Additional funds are available to any category to help cover the cost of mentorship of artists from OAC priority groups looking to build skills and experience in project planning and/or facilitation as part of a community-engaged arts project.
Mentorship: Additional funds are available in any category to help cover the costs of mentors and mentees in the development of project planning and/or facilitation skills.
- Applicants can be either mentors or mentees.
- Mentees must be professional artists and members of at least one OAC priority group.
The program’s priorities are to support projects that:
- Work with sectors beyond the arts, such as health, education, justice and the environment
- Provide a sense of community, social connection, civic engagement and contribute to building a more just society
- Reduce barriers to arts participation
- Increase access to the arts for underserved or marginalized communities
- Employ Ontario artists in Ontario communities
This program funds:
- Artists’ fees
- Support specialist fees (including translators, Elders, therapists, etc.)
- Honoraria for project participants
- Snack and beverage expenses for participants
- Travel expenses
- Venue or studio rental
- Purchase of small-scale equipment, software, electronics and similar materials required to carry out the project
- Materials costs
- Administrative costs associated with the artists or arts ad hoc group/collective/organization only
- Marketing, outreach and promotion expenses
Important: There is specific funding in the program for artists and health care collaborations. To be eligible for this funding, there must be a partnership between an arts partner and a health care facility (e.g. hospital, community health center, long-term care facility, mental health, and addictions services) funded through the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs).
GrantWatch ID#: 153155
- Planning: maximum $7,500
- Project: maximum $12,500
- Two-year project: maximum $20,000
Up to $3,000 in additional funds are available in any category for mentorship costs of both mentees and mentors.
- Cannot start before the deadline
- Cannot finish before receiving grant results
- Must be completed no more than two years after receiving the grant results
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online (the application will be available approximately two months before the deadline): https://grants.arts.on.ca/s_Login.jsp?lang=1.
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7401
Ontario Arts Council
121 Bloor Street East, 7th Floor
Toronto, ON M4W 3M5
Phone: 416-961-1660 | 1-800-387-0058 (toll-free in Ontario)
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