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Deaf and Disability Arts Projects

Grants to Ontario Artists, Arts Professionals, and Nonprofits
for Works by Artists Who are Deaf or Have a Disability

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

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10/16/19 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Ontario professional artists and arts professionals who are deaf or have a disability, as well as nonprofit arts organizations and ad hoc groups and collectives, to support artistic works and initiatives. Funding is intended for professional development and for the creation and production of works related to all traditional and contemporary art practices supported at OAC. The three funding categories are creation, production, and professional development.

Creation: Research and development, exploration and experimentation, and creation of new work:
-Eligible expenses include: Workspace/equipment rental, research materials, artist’s fees, transportation and travel, accommodation, meal allowances, purchase of small-scale equipment, software, electronics and similar materials required to carry out the project
-Production expenses are ineligible unless the production element(s) is essential to the development of the work being created.

Production: the creation and/or production art works (e.g., music composition, visual art, craft, media art, theater, dance, multi and inter-arts piece). Eligible expenses include:
- Artistic, production, venue, marketing/publicity/promotion and administrative costs; work space/equipment rental; research materials; artist fees; transportation and travel; accommodation; and meal allowances, purchase of small-scale equipment, software, electronics and similar materials required to carry out the project
-Productions must take place in Ontario.

Professional development: Study/training, mentorship, internship, documentation of art work. Eligible activities include:
- Study and training: to cover the cost of arts professionals’ attendance at conferences, master classes and workshops or training courses
- Mentorship: to cover the cost of developmental relationships between arts professionals and mentors
- Internship and apprenticeship: to cover the cost of arts professionals working in temporary positions that emphasize on-the-job training. The applicant must initiate the internship/apprenticeship, and it cannot replace a current position at the group/arts organization
- Documentation of art work: to cover the costs of professional preparation of materials that document an arts professionals’ skills, training and abilities
- Professional development activity can include study/training, mentorship, internship/apprenticeship and/or documentation of art work in one application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165448

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Creation: Maximum $10,000
-Production: Maximum $10,000
-Professional development: Maximum $10,000

Applicants who are deaf or have a disability may receive up to $500 in a year to cover the costs of assistance from service providers.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Professional artists and arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability. They must be Ontario residents and have a permanent physical address in Ontario
-Ad hoc groups/collectives or not-for-profit disability arts organizations that are led by Deaf artists and/or artists with disabilities. They must demonstrate that the artistic process is led by artists and/or arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability. They must have a permanent physical address in Ontario.

For additional eligibility information, see the Guide to Project Programs in Pre-Application Information, below.

You are not eligible to apply for the professional development category in this program if you have applied to any of the following programs and have not received notification this application was unsuccessful:
-Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Color (formerly Access and Career Development)
-Chalmers Professional Development Projects
-Craft Projects – development component of the Research/Creation and Development category
-Northern Arts Projects – Skills/Career Development category

This program does not fund
-Fundraising activities
-Student projects at all education levels
-Materials and supplies for workshop activities
-Major capital expenditures, including buying, leasing or renovating buildings and purchase of major equipment
-Studio renovation, repair or relocation
-Accredited college or university programs
-Tuition for full-time study
-Business, promotional and marketing expenses (except for production grants)

Individuals, and organizations that do not receive OAC operating funding, are eligible to receive up to three project grants awarded from deadlines that fall within the same calendar year, provided each grant is for a different activity.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is October 16, 2019, 1 p.m. ET. Applicants may apply to only one category per deadline.

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. You should request this funding at least six weeks before the project program deadline. For additional information please contact the Information Services Coordinator as soon as possible to discuss options.

Applications are available in Nova approximately three months before the deadline. Grant notification will be available approximately four months after the deadline.

If you require application support to complete your application, please make your request at least six weeks before the program deadline.

Nova User Guide:

Guide to OAC Project Programs:

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online through Nova:

Habibah Haque, Program Administrator
416-961-1660 ext. 5081
​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 5081 (toll free in Ontario)

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