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Visual Arts: Artist-Run Centres and Organizations

Visual Arts: Artist-Run Centres and Organizations
October 16, 2006 - October 16, 2006
Program for: Organizations

Purpose: The Visual Arts: Artist-Run Centres and Organizations program provides operating support to incorporated not-for-profit organizations, such as artist-run art galleries, visual arts festivals, distributors and production centres, and craft organizations with facilities for programming and production, that are involved in exhibition, presentation, production or distribution of the visual arts in Ontario.

Eligibility: To be eligible for this program, visual arts artist-run centres and organizations must: 
  • be an Ontario not-for-profit corporation


  • be a federal not-for-profit corporation with the head office in Ontario
  • be led by professional personnel
  • have completed a minimum of two years of sustained, regular, ongoing programming in their communities as of the date of the application
  • have a range of revenue sources such as private and government
  • be governed by a board of directors or an advisory body solely responsible for the organization;
  • have community support and involvement demonstrated through one or more of the following: membership, fundraising and volunteer involvement.
  • have proof of sound financial management;
  • submit verification of financial results of the last completed fiscal year with their applications. The type of financial statement we require depends on the amount of your grant request and the size of your annual budget, as follows: 
    • over $30,000, for all revenue levels: audited financial statement
    • $10,000 and under, for organizations with revenues under $100,000: unaudited financial statement (or, if available, review engagement or audited financial statement). Unaudited financial statements must be prepared using the format of the CADAC accounting template, which is to be found at, along with a guide to its use.
    • all other requests and revenue levels: review engagement (or, if available, audited financial statement)

If you do not provide the type of financial statement required, we will reduce your grant request to an eligible level.

NOTE: Potential new applicants must contact the officer well in advance of the deadline to discuss eligibility and to request an application package.

2017 Deadline: TBA
Grant notification will be available four months after the application deadline. 

Program Guidelines and Application Form

NOTE:  The following guidelines and application are for information only. Before making an application, please contact OAC (see below).

For all operating applicants:

Click here to read detailed qualifiers of the criteria that assessors will use while reading your application.

For more information

  • Lisa Wöhrle, Associate Visual Arts and Craft Officer, 416-969-7419, toll free 1-800-387-0058 extension 7419,
  • Caroline Cotter, Program Administrator, 416-969-7455, toll free 1-800-387-0058 extension 7455,

For Results Announcements for this program, please click here.