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Ontario Arts Council


Lucy Gouveia

Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7432

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.

Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators


To assist theatre creators to develop new work.

This is a third-party recommender program. Using Nova, OAC’s online grant application system, theatre creators apply to theatre companies designated as recommenders for the program (a maximum of ten applications per year). These recommenders assess applications and submit grant recommendations to OAC.


Individual recommender theatre companies may have priority areas of activity or applicants; see each theatre company’s information when the program is active.

Deadline Dates

The program is active between September 2018 and January 2019. OAC does not set deadlines in this program. Recommender theatre companies will set their own schedules for review of applications.

Grant amount(s)

  • minimum $1,000, maximum $5,000
You may receive more than one Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators grant in any one year, towards one project or for different projects. You may receive recommendations from more than one recommender in the same year. You may apply for a maximum of ten Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators each year.

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

Recent changes

  • Applications are now submitted to recommenders through Nova.
  • Recommenders no longer notify applicants. All applicants are notified by OAC through their Nova account.
  • The program was previously known as Theatre Creators’ Reserve.

Eligible applicants

  • professional theatre artists who are residents of Ontario with a permanent physical address in Ontario
  • ad hoc groups/collectives composed of a majority of Ontario residents

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

Ineligible applicants

  • organizations
  • non-professional applicants
  • employees or board members of the recommending theatre organization, or immediate family members of staff or board members

This program funds

  • any type of creation activity by eligible applicants

This program does not fund

  • creation of non-theatre work – e.g. film, radio or TV, fiction, poetry, etc.
  • workshop costs
  • productions

Activity timing

The activities for which you are requesting funding:
  • cannot start before the recommender theatre’s deadline
  • cannot finish before you receive your grant results, up to six weeks after the recommender theatre’s deadline
  • must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results

Final report requirements

If you receive a grant you must submit a final report upon completion of the project. See Terms and conditions – receipt of OAC project grant funds 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 your achievements with the support of this grant
  • if this piece has been produced, describe how OAC funding has been acknowledged

To apply

Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. Before applying, you must create or update your profile in Nova.


Your application includes:

  • basic information about the project
  • your answers to application questions
  • name of recommender you are applying to
  • artistic examples as required by the recommender theatre company
  • support documents

Complete instructions and requirements are in the application in Nova.


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

About recommender grants

Recommenders are organizations authorized by OAC to receive applications, review them and make grant recommendations. OAC allocates a budget to each of the participating recommenders. 

Within six weeks of an application deadline, the recommender will notify OAC of their grant recommendations. Funding recommendations are reviewed by OAC for final eligibility, and OAC then sends you an email letting you know that your notification letter is available online in Nova. 

If recommended a grant, individuals must enter their Social Insurance Number (SIN) and acknowledge the notification letter in Nova. OAC then sends the grant cheque by regular mail. 

Recommender Deadlines and Contacts

The program is active between September 2018 and January 2019. Recommender theatre companies will set their own deadlines. 
Applicants should review recommenders’ priorities and websites to determine which recommenders are the best match for a particular project. 
Once OAC is informed that a recommender’s allocation has been fully awarded, we will adjust their record to indicate that they are no longer accepting applications.  
The link below will direct you to a searchable database of recommenders for this program.

Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators – Recommenders