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Ontario Arts Council


Myles Warren

Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7422

Rohana Buzamlak

Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7416

Final Report Forms

All final reports are completed and submitted in Nova, OAC’s online granting system. This now includes grants received through a paper application process. For instructions on how to log into Nova, see the Nova User Guide. You will find the report form in your Nova profile, under Action Items. For enquiries regarding reporting requirements, contact us at finalreport@arts.on.ca.

Chalmers Professional Development Projects


The program supports Ontario’s professional artists to acquire new skills that advance their arts practice. There are two categories:

  • Artists practicing professionally for 10 years or less
  • Artists practicing professionally for 11 years or more

Deadline Dates

November 8, 2018, 1 p.m. ET
  • Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Grant notification will be available February 2019.

Grant amount(s)

  • Artists practicing professionally for 10 years or less: $7,500
  • Artists practicing professionally for 11 years or more: $7,500


  • Your costs must be no less than $7,500. Partial grants are not awarded.
  • Additional revenue sources are not required if your costs are $7,500. If your project’s costs exceed $7,500, you must include additional revenue sources in order that total revenues and total expenses balance.

Recent changes

  • The deadline has changed.

Eligible applicants

  • professional artists who are Ontario residents and have a permanent physical address in Ontario
  • professional artists who may be eligible in any OAC grant program only

Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.

Ineligible applicants

You may submit only one application to either the Chalmers Arts Fellowships or the Chalmers Professional Development Grants program, not both, in the same year.

This program funds

  • mentorships and apprenticeships including fees paid to the mentor(s)
  • skills training courses (e.g. master classes)
  • living expenses: to support the rent/mortgage and utility costs of your permanent residence, or live/work residence (up to $100 per day for the work plan)
  • activities conducted in locations outside Ontario: to help cover travel costs including local transportation, accommodation (up to $150 per day) and meals (up to $40 per day). Travel costs must be economical, such as renting an apartment instead of a hotel during an extended stay

This program does not fund

  • creating/completing/recording or producing art work(s); commissioning/acquiring or publishing art work(s); and touring/exhibiting/promoting or marketing artist’s work
  • projects that include collaborating with other artists, ad hoc groups/collectives and/or organizations; or projects that are affiliated with the applicant’s ad hoc group/collective and/or organization
  • attending arts fairs/showcases, book launches, business planning
  • undergraduate or graduate university or college courses
  • fundraising and purchasing computers or other equipment, e.g. musical instruments and shipping of art work(s)
  • travel costs of the applicant’s spouse, partner, dependents, students and/or non-professional participants
  • living expenses for applicants who are also being paid by an employer during the duration of their proposal are ineligible

Activity timing

The activities for which you are requesting funding:

  • cannot start before March 8, 2019
  • must be completed no later than March, 2021

The project’s work plan may run continuously or be spread out in several segments.

Final report requirements

If you receive a grant you must submit a final report upon completion of the project. See Terms and Conditions for Project Programs for more information on reporting obligations. Complete and submit the report in Nova.

Final reports for this program require grant recipients to provide:

  • description of the project undertaken and its outcomes, including details on any minor or approved changes to what had been outlined in the application
  • final budget
  • documentation and/or an explanation of how you acknowledged or will acknowledge the Chalmers Family Fund and OAC support for your project.
    • This should include samples of OAC logo recognition on any promotional or other materials produced in conjunction with the project, such as publications, brochures, posters, invitations, websites or videos/films.
    • This could also include a description of verbal acknowledgement at public events or the intention to include The Chalmers Family Fund and OAC acknowledgement in associated future activities/materials.
  • Some applicants must also submit specific documentation as stated on their notification letter

To apply

Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. You will be able to do this approximately two months before the deadline.

Before applying you must:

Your application includes:

Complete instructions and requirements are in the application in Nova.

For information on how assessors rate applications see the Evaluation Rubric - Skills and Careers

For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide.

Program-specific definitions

Permanent or semi-permanent faculty members of a college/university: Individuals who are tenured, tenured-stream, contractually limited or continuing:

  • By tenured, we mean a person who is a tenured faculty member of a college or university.
  • By tenured-stream, we mean a person who is working towards tenure at a college or university.

Mentorships: developmental relationships with more experienced artists or elders who share information, skills/knowledge or best practice.

Apprenticeships: temporary positions with professional artists or arts organizations that provide on-the-job training, which advances a professional artist’s skills. Apprentices cannot replace current positions contracted by professional artists or arts organizations.