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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

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.

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 1, 2017, 1 p.m. ET
  • Applications are available online approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Grant notification will be available February, 2018.

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.

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.

Ineligible applicants

  • Individuals who have received a Chalmers Professional Development Projects grant in the last three years.
  • Ensembles, ad hoc groups/collectives, organizations, arts administrators/producers.
  • Permanent or semi-permanent faculty members of a college/university.
  • Students enrolled full- or part-time in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college/university, regardless of the program of study.
  • Applicants who applied to, or have not received notification that their application is unsuccessful; or applicants who have received a grant and not submitted a final report in any of the following programs:
    • Chalmers Arts Fellowships.
    • Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour (formerly known as Access and Career Development).
    • Craft Projects – development category.
    • Deaf and Disabilities Arts Projects – professional development category.
    • Northern Arts Projects – professional development category.

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.

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

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, dependants, 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 1, 2018, and
  • must be completed no later than March, 2020.


  • 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.
  • 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. A final report form will be available 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. This could include samples of OAC logo recognition on materials produced as an outcome of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship in conjunction, such as publications, posters, invitations, websites or videos/films; a description of verbal acknowlegement at public events; or a description of 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

  • Answers to application questions;
  • A project budget;
  • Artistic examples: e.g. Audiovisual, digital or manuscripts; and
  • Support documents: applicant’s résumé/bio, letter from employer (if applicable).

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.