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Ontario Arts Council

Contact

Pat Bradley

Officer
416-969-7433
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7433

Amber Yared

Program Administrator
416-969-7461
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7461

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.

Compass

Purpose

This program assists arts managers with professional development projects, and assists arts organizations with development projects intended to build administrative and management capacity in the arts. There are four categories:

  • Category 1 – Organizational Development: to help cover the costs of planning for organizations in any area of organizational capacity-building
  • Category 2 – Professional Development for Arts Managers: to help cover the costs of activity that builds capacity of individual arts managers in any area of arts management
  • Category 3 – Micro Grants: Professional Advancement for Arts Managers: to help cover the costs of courses, seminars, workshops and conferences in any area of arts management
  • Category 4 – Arts Management Internships: to help cover the costs of internships for arts managers who are Indigenous, of colour, Deaf, and/or with a disability

Deadline Dates

March 1 and November 1, 2017, 1 p.m. ET (Categories 1, 2 and 3)
July 5, 2017, 1 p.m. ET (Categories 1, 2 and 4)
  • Applications are available online approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Grant notification will be available approximately three months after each deadline.

Grant amount(s)

  • Category 1 – Organizational Development: maximum $15,000
  • Category 2 – Professional Development for Arts Managers: maximum $7,500
  • Category 3 – Micro-Grants: Professional Advancement for Arts Managers: maximum $1,000, with a potential travel supplement of up to $500 for Northern applicants
  • Category 4 – Arts Management Internships: maximum $30,000
Category 1 – Organizational Development
  • Up to a maximum of $500 a day for specialists’ fees
  • N.B. If the specialist’s fee is expressed on an hourly basis, rather than daily, please ensure that your budget converts the fee to a daily fee, at no less than six hours per day
  • Transportation, accommodation and per diem costs – to a maximum of $45/day per diem and $0.40/kilometre driving reimbursement (Ontario government rates)
Category 2 – Professional Development for Arts Managers
  • Up to a maximum of $500 a day for fees paid to a coach
  • N.B. If the specialist’s fee is expressed on an hourly basis, rather than daily, please ensure that your budget converts the fee to a daily fee, at no less than six hours per day
  • Job shadowing project fees of up to $600 a week in living expenses for the person shadowing (maximum 5 weeks) and up to $200 a week as an honorarium for the person being shadowed (maximum 5 weeks)
  • Appropriate fees for other forms of mentoring, not to exceed $500 a day
  • Transportation, accommodation and per diem costs – to a maximum of $45/day per diem and $0.40/kilometre driving reimbursement (Ontario government rates)
Category 3 – Micro-Grants: Professional Advancement for Arts Managers
  • Transportation, accommodation and per diem costs – to a maximum of $45/day per diem and $0.40/kilometre driving reimbursement (Ontario government rates)
Important: Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.

Eligible applicants

Category 1 – Organizational Development:

  • Ontario-based arts organizations and ad hoc group/collectives with a permanent physical address in Ontario that are eligible to apply to another OAC program.
  • Collaborative projects by two or more eligible ad hoc groups/collectives or organizations.

Category 2 – Professional Development for Arts Managers:

  • Ontario-based arts organizations and ad hoc groups/collectives with a permanent physical address in Ontario that are eligible to apply to another OAC program.
  • Individual arts managers or collectives of arts managers who work for eligible organizations. Individuals must be Ontario residents with a permanent physical address in Ontario.

Category 3 – Micro-Grants: Professional Advancement for Arts Managers:

  • Individual arts managers who work for organizations eligible in Categories 1 and 2. Individuals must be Ontario residents with a permanent physical address in Ontario.

Category 4 – Arts Management Internships:

  • Recipients of OAC operating funding.

Ineligible applicants

  • Non arts organizations or ad hoc groups/collectives

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

This program funds

  • Categories 1 and 2:
    • Fees for a specialist, coach or mentor, up to $500 per day;
    • Job shadowing fees (Professional Development for Arts Managers only);
    • Travel, accommodation and per diem expenses, if applicable.
  • Category 3:
    • Courses, seminars, workshops, conferences.
    • Travel, accommodation and per diem expenses, if applicable
  • Category 4:
    • One-year salary for intern.
Note: The OAC does not recommend specialists or mentors to applicants to the Compass program. However, there are a number of resources that you can use to find an appropriate specialist. 

If your organization is a member of an arts service organization, the staff, board or other members of the ASO may know which specialists have been working with organizations like yours.

Talk to other organizations in your community. They may very well have had good experiences with specialists that know your region or city.

Arts Consultants Canada/Consultants Canadiens en arts has members that have met professional membership criteria, and agreed to a Code of Professional Conduct. Their website is: artsconsultants.ca.

This program does not fund

  • Implementation of organizational development plans
  • Hiring of staff/personnel
  • Architectural and engineering feasibility studies
  • Arts-focused projects focused on artistic development rather than management or administrative development
  • Fundraising
  • Capital expenses

Activity timing

The activities for which you are requesting funding (Categories 1, 2 and 3):

  • cannot start before the deadline;
  • cannot finish before you receive your grant results; and
  • must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results.

Category 4:

  • cannot start before you receive your grant results; and
  • must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results.

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.

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 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 OAC acknowledgement in associated future activities/materials.
 

To apply

  • Answers to application questions
  • A project budget (not applicable for Category 4)
  • Support documents:
    • résumés or CVs for specialists, mentors or coaches (Categories 1 and 2);
    • résumé or CV of arts manager (Categories 2, 3 and 4);
    • résumés or CV of the proposed intern (Category 4);
    • signed statement of intent from the specialist, mentor or coach (Categories 1 and 2);
    • information on the course, seminar, workshop or conference (Category 3); and
    • letter from the proposed intern (Category 4).