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Ontario Arts Council


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.

Dance Projects


The program supports the development, production and presentation of dance by Ontario’s professional dance artists. The grants fall into four categories:

  • Development of new dance work(s): to help cover only the initial artistic costs of creating new dance work including the development of choreography for dance film/video and work for young audiences. In-studio presentation must be included.
  • Production and presentation of dance: to help cover the artistic, production and presentation costs including co-productions, dance commissions, preparation of a tour including rehearsal costs, remounting or acquiring dance work(s) and work for young audiences.
  • Dance series/festivals: to help cover the presentation and promotion costs of professional choreographers and dance companies.
  • Dance sector development initiatives: to help cover the costs of activities and initiatives that benefit Ontario’s professional dance sector at large. This includes professional development workshop series, dance training initiatives, conferences and other activities with a community impact. Projects cannot be related to creation, production or presentation activities or a single production. Professional development workshop series and dance training initiatives must include registration fees.


The program’s priorities are projects that engage Ontario-based choreographers; dance ad hoc groups, collectives and companies; and dance series/festivals that do not present the curator’s work.

Deadline Dates

April 4 and October 5 2017, 1 p.m. ET
  • Applications are available online approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Grant results will be available approximately four months after the deadline.

Grant amount(s)

  • Development of new dance work(s): maximum $5,000
  • Production and presentation of dance: maximum $20,000
  • Dance series/festivals: maximum $15,000
  • Dance community-development initiatives: maximum $5,000

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

Recent changes

  • Previously called Dance Initiatives.
  • Maximum grant amount is now $20,000 for the Production and presentation of dance category.

Eligible applicants

  • Professional dance artists who are Ontario residents and have a permanent physical address in Ontario.
  • Ad hoc groups/collectives of dance artists or arts professionals with expertise in dance with a permanent physical address in Ontario.
  • Incorporated not-for-profit Ontario-based dance organizations, including dance companies and dance series and dance festivals with a permanent physical address in Ontario.
  • Other not-for-profit organizations or ad hoc groups/collectives such as non-arts organizations or organizations and ad hoc groups/collectives working in another arts discipline supported by OAC. You must demonstrate that you have engaged the appropriate professional dance expertise to carry out the project, e.g. the expertise of the dance professionals directly involved in the project, and/or the expertise of an advisory committee that includes dance professionals.

Ineligible applicants

  • Organizations that receive a grant in the Dance Organizations: Operating program.
  • Choreographers who direct organizations that receive funding from the Dance Organizations: Operating program or organizations receiving OAC operating funding.
  • A member of an ad hoc group or collective that applies for the same activity at the same deadline in this program.
  • Students currently enrolled in a post-secondary college, university or conservatory institution.
  • Dance schools, colleges, universities and municipalities.
  • Organizations that receive an operating grant in other OAC programs, with the exception of organizations mandated to serve one or more of OAC’s priority groups.
  • Organizations with a pending application in the Dance Organizations: Operating program may not apply until they are notified that their operating application was not funded.

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

This program funds

  • Artists’ fees (choreographers, dancers, outside eye/elder/dramaturge, composers, musicians, theatrical designers and technicians).
  • Production costs (costumes, scenery and other staging requirements).
  • Marketing, promotion and administration costs.
  • Venue or studio rental.

This program does not fund

  • Events or activities that take place outside of Ontario.
  • Projects eligible in Touring Projects, Multi- and Inter-Arts Projects or Media Artists Creation Projects programs.
  • Multi and inter-arts activities.
  •  Professional development, apprenticeship or mentorship projects for individuals, or projects related to a graduate degree or thesis.
  • Competition-based dance performances/series except for urban dance forms or amateur, pre-professional or student productions.
  • Fundraising activities or capital expenses including purchase of equipment.

More about OAC’s project program eligibility

Activity timing

The activities for which you are requesting funding:

  • 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.

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:
    • The OAC will not fund 100 per cent of a project except in the Development of new dance work(s) category.
    • Applications to the other categories must include a range of revenue sources such as other arts grants, box-office sales, registrant fees and so on.
  • Artistic examples: You must submit three video examples (maximum of three minutes each). Do not include any work while you were a student. This video will help: Preparing Effective Support Material for Theatre, Dance and Performance-Based Multi and Inter-Arts
  • Support documents: applicant’s résumé/bio and bios of any artist who is confirmed at the deadline date.

Program-specific definitions

Dance school: trains students for a professional career in dance through a multi-year dance instruction curriculum of no less than 10 hours per week. The courses must be accessible to Ontarians through a competitive audition/admission process. The school earns revenue in many ways, including student tuition fees.
Multi- and inter-arts activities:are practices, initiatives and events that have two or more artistic forms present in equal balance in the creation, production and presentation of work. Artistic forms may remain separate or can be combined to create new, unified forms. Multi and inter-arts activities involve bringing art forms together in ways that makes the activity unique and therefore not eligible for funding in OACs discipline-based programs in Theatre, Dance, Music, Visual Arts or Media Arts.
Student: An individual enrolled in a full-time (two or more courses) undergraduate program at a college or university, dance school, or studying dance at a private studio or training organization/conservatory.