[Skip to Content] download Acrobat Reader
Ontario Arts Council


Bushra Junaid

Program Officer
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7407

Habibah Haque

Program Administrator
416-961-1660 ext. 5081
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 5081

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.

Deaf and Disability Arts Projects


The program supports Ontario-based artists and arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability, or ad hoc groups/collectives and arts organizations mandated to serve and led by artists and/or arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability. It funds all contemporary and traditional art practices that are supported at OAC. There are three categories:

  • Creation: to help cover the costs of research and development, exploration and experimentation, and creation of new work.
  • Production: to help cover the costs of production and/or the creation of art works including: music composition, video, painting, theatre or dance piece.
  • Professional development: to help cover the costs of study/training; mentorship; internship/apprenticeship; and/or documentation of art work.

Deadline Dates

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

Grant amount(s)

  • Creation: maximum $10,000
  • Production: maximum $10,000
  • Professional development: maximum $10,000

Important: You may only apply for one category per deadline. (Professional development activity can include study/training; mentorship; internship/apprenticeship; and/or documentation of art work in one application.)

Recent changes

  • The deadline has changed.

Eligible applicants

  • Professional artists and arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability. They must be Ontario residents and have a permanent physical address in Ontario.
  • Ad hoc groups/collectives or not-for-profit disability arts organizations that are led by Deaf artists and/or artists with disabilities. They must demonstrate that the artistic process is led by artists and/or arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability. They must have a permanent physical address in Ontario.

Ineligible applicants

You are not eligible to apply for the professional development category in this program if you have applied to any of the following programs and have not received notification this application was unsuccessful:

  • Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour (formerly Access and Career Development).
  • Chalmers Professional Development Projects.
  • Craft Projects – development component of the Research/Creation and Development category.
  • Northern Arts – Skills/Career Development category.

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

This program funds

  • For Creation: Research and development, exploration and experimentation, and creation of new work.
    • Eligible expenses including: workspace/equipment rental, living expenses (maximum of $2,000 per month), research materials, artist’s fees, transportation and travel, accommodation, meal allowances.
    • Production expenses are ineligible unless the production element(s) is essential to the development of the work being created.
  • For Production: the creation and/or production art works (e.g., music composition, visual art, craft, media art, theatre, dance, multi and inter-arts piece).
    • Eligible expenses include: artistic, production, venue, marketing/publicity/promotion and administrative costs; workspace/equipment rental; living expenses (maximum of $2,000 per month); research materials; artists’ fees; transportation and travel; accommodation; and meal allowances.
    • Productions must take place in Ontario.
  • For Professional development: Study/training, mentorship, internship, documentation of art work.
    • Study and training: to cover the cost of arts professionals’ attendance at conferences, master classes and workshops or training courses
    • Mentorship: to cover the cost of developmental relationships between arts professionals and mentors.
    • Internship and apprenticeship: to cover the cost of arts professionals working in temporary positions that emphasize on-the-job training. The applicant must initiate the internship/apprenticeship, and it cannot replace a current position at the group/arts organization.
    • Documentation of art work: to cover the costs of professional preparation of materials that document an arts professionals’ skills, training and abilities.

Important: In the professional development category, you can apply for more than one activity (e.g. applying to take a workshop and to work with a mentor).

This program does not fund

  • Fundraising activities.
  • Student projects at all education levels.
  • Materials and supplies for workshop activities.
  • Capital expenses and equipment purchases.
  • Studio renovation, repair or relocation.
  • Accredited college or university programs.
  • Tuition for full-time study.
  • Business, promotional and marketing expenses (except for production grants).

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 cannot apply to this program if you have an overdue final report in any OAC grant program.

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

Program-specific definitions

Deaf artists or artists with disabilities includes individuals who have physical, mental or learning conditions with long-term, temporary or varying effects that may or may not be apparent.