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Northern Arts Projects

Grants to Northern Ontario Artists, Groups, Nonprofits,
First Nations, and Schools for Arts Activities

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

Deadline Date:

11/16/17 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Northern Ontario professional artists, ad hoc groups, collectives, nonprofit organizations, First Nations, and First Nations schools for a broad range of arts activities. Funding is available for professional development; the production, creation, and presentation or artistic works; and community arts engagement initiatives that benefit communities in Northern Ontario.

The program’s priorities are to:
-Foster the development and growth of the arts in Northern Ontario;
-Recognize and value the distinctive nature of the arts produced in Ontario’s northern regions;
-Support Northern Ontario artists at any stage in their professional careers, recognizing that creating, producing and promoting their work is essential to the artistic diversity and regional representation of Ontario;
-Support the arts and arts service organizations in northern Ontario to build capacity and infrastructure;
-Provide northern audiences with access to arts experiences;
-Support projects that are inclusive and accessible to audiences, participants, and community members.

What this program funds:
-Creation and production of new works in all artistic disciplines.
-Exhibitions, single and series presentations, concerts, literary readings, book fairs, festivals, and publications connected to an event, such as exhibition catalogues.
-Skills/career development: For individuals to participate in conferences, workshops, seminars, short-term courses, mentorships, festivals or other similar opportunities, provincially, nationally, or internationally. For organizations, collectives and ad-hoc groups/collectives to present conferences, workshops, seminars, or projects that will benefit Northern artists in their artistic and/or career development.
-Community-engaged arts projects in communities and schools, collaborations, residencies, and initiatives that engage community members in a creative process.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180883

Estimated Size of Grant:

-New Works: Maximum $15,000
-Presentation: Maximum $15,000
-Skills/Career Development: Maximum $15,000
-Working with Community: Maximum $15,000

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You are eligible to apply to Northern Arts Projects if you live in northern Ontario, or your ad hoc group/collective or organization is based in the North.

Northern Ontario: includes the Far North, Northwest, and Northeast regions of the province. This includes the Manitoulin, Parry Sound and Nipissing districts and all regions north of these districts.

Arts professionals: includes artists, arts managers, curators and arts programmers.

Eligible Applicants:

-Professional artists who have a permanent physical address in northern Ontario, for at least one year prior to submitting an application, and continue to live for at least eight months each year in northern Ontario.

-Ontario-based not-for-profit organizations; non-arts organizations must demonstrate appropriate arts expertise and directly involve arts professionals as paid artists or advisory committee members.

-Ad hoc groups/collectives made up of at least 50 per cent arts professionals living in northern Ontario for at least eight months each year.

-Ontario-based First Nations and schools run by First Nations or Indigenous Education Authorities.

-Co-applicant individuals, ad hoc groups/collectives and organizations are eligible. If awarded, the grant is split between the two applicants.

Not Eligible:
-Colleges, universities and municipalities.
-For-profit organizations.
-Organizations receiving OAC operating support; they may be a participant in a group project, but cannot be the applicant or co-applicant.

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

Not Funded:
-Fundraising activities, competitions and contests
-Capital expenses for one-time set-up costs, renovations, purchase of equipment, land, etc.
-Portfolios or promotional packages
-Music videos (with the exception of professional live documentation of a performance)
-Touring projects
Important: You cannot apply to this program if you have an overdue final report in any OAC grant program(s).

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline dates are May 2 and November 16, 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.

Important: Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.

Application Questions:

The following videos are available to help applicants prepare their support materials:

Preparing Effective Support Material for Visual or Craft Artists:

Preparing Effective Support Material for Theatre, Dance and Performance-Based Multi and Inter-Arts:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Christina Akrong, Program Officer

Alana Forslund, Northwestern Representative
807-632-4575 / 1-866-391-2221

Philippe Mesly, Program Administrator
416-961-1660 ext. 5144

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