The program supports the research, development and realization of community-engaged arts projects. Activities involve professional Ontario artists and community members working together to develop and design a creative experience. These experiences may include co-creation. Skill building is a core component of projects. The grant falls into five categories:
The program’s priorities are to support projects that:
Important: Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.
Important: Non-arts organizations, schools run by First Nations or Indigenous education authorities, and school boards must have an arts partner. The arts partner can be an artist, art collective, ad hoc arts group, or arts organization.
If granted a two-year project, organizations cannot re-apply to this program until the final report is approved.
Important: There is specific funding in the program for artists and health care collaborations. To be eligible for this funding, there must be a partnership between an arts partner and a health care facility (e.g. hospital, community health centre, long-term care facility, mental health and addictions services) funded through the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs).
The activities for which you are requesting funding:
Important: You are not eligible to apply to this program if you have an overdue or unapproved final report in any OAC grant program. If you are unsure of the due date or status of any final report(s), please contact OAC.
Access: People, regardless of geographic, racial, social, economic or physical realities have equal opportunity to experience the arts and participate in cultural life.
Co-creation: a process to create a final product where non-artists and professional artist(s) work side-by-side and have equal input and impact on the outcome.
If you are interested in inviting an artist or arts organization to work with your community or in your school you can refer to these resources. If you are an artist or arts organization, you are encouraged to complete a profile on these sites as applicable. If you are aware of other resources, please the email program officer.