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Ontario Arts Council


Maura Broadhurst

Associate Officer
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7467

Nina Charest

Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7417

Final Report Forms

Final report forms are available upon request. Email your request to finalreport@arts.on.ca indicating the program for which you are submitting a report.

Arts Service Organizations: Operating


The program supports the ongoing operations of not-for-profit, professional arts service organizations in Ontario. Arts service organizations may have provincial, national, regional or local mandates. There are two categories:

  • Arts service organizations
  • Community arts councils


The program's priorities are to support organizations that demonstrate a consistent commitment to:

  • providing high-quality services to professional artists, arts professionals or arts organizations in Ontario;
  • providing services for members who are or who are mandated to support OAC priority groups: artists of colour, Deaf Artists and artists with disabilities, Francophone artists, Indigenous artists, new generation artists (18-30 year old), and artists living in regions outside Toronto.

Deadline Dates

March 1, 2017, 1 p.m. ET
  • Applications are available online approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Financial and statistical reports must be submitted through Canadian Arts Data / Données sur les arts au Canada (CADAC) before the deadline.
  • Grant notification will be available June 2017.
  • If you have an overdue final report in any OAC grant program your grant will be conditional upon receipt of the report.


  • This program is in year three of a three-year cycle.
  • New applicants must contact the program officer to discuss eligibility.
  • Organizations that are not currently receiving operating funding may only apply in the first year of a multi-year cycle.
  • 2018 is the next deadline open to new applicants to this program.

Recent changes

  • Deadline date has changed.
  • The Arts Service Organizations: Operating program merges the Arts Service Organizations and Community Arts Councils programs.

Eligible applicants

  • Ontario-based, not-for-profit corporations, or national not-for-profit corporations with the head office in Ontario.
  • Organizations must have:
    • at least $75,000 in total revenues for the last fiscal year, and in projected revenues for the current and requested years (for applicants not currently receiving funding from this program);
    • at least two years of sustained, regular, ongoing programming, as of the application date. If your organization does not meet this requirement, consider applying for project funding;
    • a range of revenue sources; and
    • an active board of directors/governing body.

Arts Service Organizations must:

  • have a primary mandate to provide services to artists and/or arts organizations;
  • serve professional artists, arts professionals and/or arts organizations. The arts professionals and arts organizations you serve must be eligible to apply to another OAC program;
  • have at least one (full- or half-time) paid staff member. If your organization does not currently have any paid staff, a written plan proposing how the organization will move toward having paid staff within the next year or two is required.

Ineligible applicants

  • Non-arts organizations
  • Municipalities, colleges and/or universities

More about eligibility for OAC’s operating programs

To apply

  • Answers to annual or multi-year application questions.
  • Financial and statistical information through Canadian Arts Data / Données sur les arts au Canada (CADAC). New applicants will need to register for an account with CADAC.
  • Financial statements of your organization’s last completed year, uploaded to CADAC.
  • Support documents: website, membership brochures and, if applicable an HR plan.

Program-specific definitions

Arts Services include:

  • Professional development
  • Support for building capacity
  • Raising public awareness for the value of the arts
  • Advocacy work
  • Setting fees and standards
  • Dissemination of information about your sector’s or region’s artists and arts organizations
  • Providing networking opportunities
  • Other services and programs to support professional arts communities