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Creative Engagement Fund to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment in Ontario

Creative Engagement Fund to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment in Ontario
October 13, 2015 - October 13, 2015

Program for: Organizations

Purpose: The Creative Engagement Fund to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment in Ontario will support community not-for-profit organizations and arts ad-hoc groups/collectives and not-for-profit organizations to develop and deliver arts projects that:

  • activate audiences and/or participants in meaningful dialogue and action on issues of sexual violence and harassment, including consent, rape culture and gender equality;
  • share project outcomes widely with relevant communities and/or the general public;
  • help change norms and attitudes regarding sexual violence and harassment, and encourage healthy, equal relationships.

Fifteen percent of the Creative Engagement Fund will support projects that are led by Indigenous peoples and communities.

The second (final) call for applications for the Creative Engagement Fund is by invitation. Applicants whose December 15, 2015 submissions scored highly but were not funded will be contacted by November 1, 2016 and invited to re-apply. If you have questions about this application process, please contact the Ontario Arts Council.

Eligibility: The Creative Engagement Fund is open to Ontario-based community not-for-profit organizations, arts not-for-profit organizations, and arts ad hoc groups and collectives.

Note: This program is an exception to the maximum two project grants per calendar year rule for OAC organizations that receive operating grants.

In addition, in order to apply to the Creative Engagement Fund:

  • Projects must integrate a gender-based analysis. (Refer to resources below).
  • Project development and delivery must be grounded in current sexual violence and harassment prevention expertise.
  • Applicants must consult the Key Best Practices for Effective Sexual Violence Public Education Campaigns: A Summary and its accompanying Checklist in the project development process. (Refer to resources below).
  • Projects must involve professional artists and be based in Ontario. Priority will be given to projects that pay fees to Ontario artists.
  • Societal norms and attitudes have the potential to shift through collective action. As such, projects are expected to demonstrate cross-sectoral co-operation with appropriate arts and community collaborators
    • Arts collaborators can be individual artists, ad hoc groups/collectives or organizations.
    • Community collaborators can include, but are not limited to, not-for-profit organizations, grassroots community groups, Elders/Indigenous knowledge keepers, health and wellness providers/facilities, women’s groups/circles, libraries, school boards, schools and other educational institutions, band councils, social service agencies, student groups, youth councils, and child/family service groups.

Note: An individual, school, library or municipality can be identified as a project collaborator, but cannot act as the applicant.

  • Projects proposing to reach children or youth in schools, colleges or universities must demonstrate the support of (or be in collaboration with) relevant educational institutions.
  • Projects must include effective strategies for the public engagement of Ontarians.

Required Reading

Additional Resources   

For more information on where to find sexual violence expertise in your community, click here.

For more information

  • Loree Lawrence, Multi and Inter-Arts, Community-Engaged Arts and Community Arts Councils Program Officer, 416-969-7425, toll-free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7425,
  • For applicants in the North: Marilyn McIntosh, Northwestern Consultant, 1-866-391-2221,
  • Also available for inquiries: Maya Bedward, Program Administrator, 1-800-387-0058 ext. 5081,