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Organizational Development

OAC has a vision of an Ontario where arts organizations are creative, viable and healthy. We provide grants to help nurture the long-term health and sustainability of the province’s arts organizations.

We support organizational health primarily through operating grants for all types of arts organizations. We also provide focused grants for organizations who want to undertake specific capacity-building activity through the Compass program.

In fulfilling its mandate, the OAC serves one of the most diverse cultural, racial, linguistic and Aboriginal populations in Canada. Through its programs and services, the OAC supports artists, organizations and communities across Ontario, and welcomes all forms of artistic expression and practice.


The Compass program is the only organizational capacity-building program at the OAC. Compass helps all kinds of arts organizations work with outside experts who have specialized knowledge and experience.

Funding falls under two categories: organizational development and professional development.

For more information

  • Pat Bradley, Theatre and Compass Program Officer, 416-969-7433, toll free 1-800-387-0058 extension 7433, 
  • Lizzy Braoudakis, Program Administrator, 416-969-7412, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7412,

Other programs available to you

Applicants to the Compass program may also be eligible for project or operating grants. Click here for a full list of OAC programs.