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Grants to Ontario Artists, Groups, and Nonprofits to Support Multidisciplinary Art Forms

Multi and Inter-Arts Projects


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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)
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Important Dates
Deadline: 09/21/23 1:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to Ontario professional artists, collectives, groups, and nonprofit organizations to create, produce, and present multidisciplinary works of art. Funding may also be used to support professional development activities that promote multidisciplinary art. Eligible works of art are those that involve two or more of the following art forms: dance, theater, music, visual and media arts, and literature.

The program supports the creation, production and presentation of multi- and inter-arts activities by professional Ontario artists, ad hoc groups, collectives and organizations working in all art forms and initiatives that benefit the professional multi- and inter-arts community. The program has four categories:

  • Creation: supports the initial artistic costs of creating new multi- and inter-arts work, for research, exploration and experimentation
  • Production and Presentation: helps support the artistic production and presentation costs of multi- and inter-arts work
  • Series/Festivals: helps support the presentation and promotion costs of arts activities/events presented either at regular intervals or within a defined and concentrated period of time of one or more days
  • Development Initiatives: helps support the costs of activities and initiatives that significantly benefit Ontario’s multi and inter-arts sector. This includes professional development workshop series, training initiatives, conferences and other activities with a community impact. Projects cannot be related to creation, production or presentation activities of a single production. Professional development workshop series and training initiatives must include registration fees

This program funds:

  • Artists’ fees
  • Production costs (for example, staging, technical equipment, costumes)
  • Purchase of small-scale equipment, software, electronics and similar materials required to carry out the project
  • Venue or studio rental
  • Marketing, promotion and administration costs
  • Childcare and other dependant care fees enabling individuals to take part in the project (this does not include regular, ongoing expenses)
  • Expenses related to making the project accessible to audience members and project participants (other than the applicant) who are Deaf or have a disability

Multi- and inter-arts activities: are practices, initiatives and events that have two or more artistic forms present in equal balance in the creation, production and presentation of work. Artistic forms may remain separate or can be combined to create new, unified forms. Multi and inter-arts activities involve bringing art forms together in ways that make the activity unique and therefore not eligible for funding in OAC's discipline-based programs in Theatre, Dance, Music, Literature, Visual Arts or Media Arts.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants:
- Professional artists who are Ontario residents
- Ad hoc groups and collectives with 50 per cent of their members residing in Ontario
- Incorporated not-for-profit Ontario-based arts organizations with a head office in Ontario
- Non-arts organizations, ad hoc groups and collectives. They must have professional artists, arts professionals or curators (for example, an advisory committee) directly involved in making programming decisions for the project.

Additional Geographic Information:

View the OAC Geographic Regions Maps:

Ineligible applicants:
- Municipalities, colleges and universities
- Students for whom the proposed activity is directly related to their graduate degree or thesis
- Organizations that receive a grant in the Multi and Inter-Arts Organizations – Operating program
- Organizations that receive an operating grant in other OAC programs, with the exception of organizations mandated to serve one or more of the OAC priority groups
- Series or festivals not involving professional artists/arts professionals and/or directly in programming decisions

This program does not fund:
- Events or activities that take place outside of Ontario
- Projects eligible for funding in other OAC programs
- Amateur, pre-professional, student or faculty projects
- Events for which the presentation of artistic programming is not the primary purpose
- Fundraising activities
- Tours
- Major capital expenditures, including buying, leasing or renovating buildings and purchase of major equipment

Pre-Application Information
Deadline Dates: March 22 and September 21, 2023, 1 p.m. ET

The application form will be available in Nova about two months before the deadline. You will find out whether you got a grant about four and a half months after each deadline.

Until this program opens in Nova, the Ontario Arts Council’s online granting system, program information may change. This includes deadline dates and specific information on eligibility. Be sure to visit the Full Grant Text RFP link after the program opens in Nova, but before starting your application.

Before applying, be sure to:
- Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs:
- Read the Guide to OAC Assessment:
- Create or update your profile in Nova

Application questions:

Evaluation rubric - Activity Projects:

Nova User Guide:

Estimated Size of Grant
Grant amounts:
- Creation: maximum $10,000
- Production and Presentation: maximum $20,000
- Series/Festivals: maximum $15,000
- Development Initiatives: maximum $8,000

Accessibility Fund: Project Support: maximum $5,000 per project

Term of Contract
Important: Organizations applying as new applicants in the Multi and Inter-Arts Organizations – Operating program may apply only for projects taking place in their current fiscal year.

The activities for which you are requesting funding:
- Cannot start before the deadline
- Cannot finish before you receive your grant results
- Must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Shawna Caspi, Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058

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

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