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Ontario Arts Council


Loree Lawrence

Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7425

Final Report Forms

All final reports are completed and submitted in Nova, OAC’s online granting system. This now includes grants received through a paper application process. For instructions on how to log into Nova, see the Nova User Guide. You will find the report form in your Nova profile, under Action Items. For enquiries regarding reporting requirements, contact us at finalreport@arts.on.ca.

Engaging Seniors: Arts Initiatives


The program supports Ontario-based artists, ad-hoc groups/collectives and not-for-profit arts or community organizations working with professional artists in any art form or artistic practice, to develop and realize projects that engage seniors in creative experiences and arts activities.

Important: This program information may be further updated. Be sure to review it before completing an application in Nova.

The goals of the program are to:
  • increase arts programming and activities for seniors in arts and community settings, retirement homes, hospitals and long-term care facilities
  • support professional art therapy and therapeutic arts programs for seniors that address physical and cognitive ailments and disorders in settings where seniors most in need can benefit


The program’s priorities are to support projects that:

  • are designed to provide seniors with a sense of confidence, well-being, social connection and engagement
  • demonstrate awareness of the needs and desires of seniors’ communities
  • offer arts activities and/or content tailored to project participants
  • reduce or eliminate barriers to arts participation for Ontario seniors
  • increase access to the arts for underserved or marginalized communities
  • involve collective efforts or partnerships with other arts and/or community groups and/or organizations
  • employ Ontario artists

Deadline Dates

November 1, 2018, 1 p.m. ET
  • Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Grant notification will be available approximately three months after each deadline.

Grant amount(s)

  • Individuals, ad-hoc groups/collectives: minimum $10,000, maximum $60,000
  • Not-for-profit organizations: minimum $10,000, maximum $150,000


  • Grants of $30,000 or more to individuals, ad-hoc groups/collectives will be paid in two equal instalments. Grants of $75,000 or more to organizations will be paid in two equal instalments.
  • The second instalment will be released upon approval of an interim report.
  • Due to the number of applications we receive and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.

Eligible applicants

  • professional artists who are Ontario residents with a permanent physical address in Ontario
  • ad hoc groups and collectives, based in Ontario, made up of at least 50 per cent professional artists
  • Ontario-based, not-for-profit professional arts organizations
  • Ontario-based, not-for-profit community organizations, including retirement homes, hospitals and long-term care facilities
Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.

Ineligible applicants

  • municipalities, universities, colleges and schools
  • for-profit organizations, including for-profit health care facilities and long-term care homes

This program funds

  • co-creative activities: artists and seniors work together to design, develop and undertake arts activities
  • arts learning: artists provide seniors with the knowledge, skills and support to undertake arts activities
  • arts-based therapeutic processes
  • arts events: professional performances, exhibitions, talks


Eligible costs:

  • artists’ fees
  • specialist fees, including translators, support workers, etc.
  • honoraria for participants who are required to commit a substantial amount of time to the project
  • snack/beverage expenses for participants (except alcohol)
  • travel expenses, including local transportation for participants
  • venue or studio rental
  • equipment and materials costs
  • administrative costs related to the project for artists, ad hoc arts groups/collectives and arts organizations
  • marketing, outreach and promotion expenses
  • expenses related to project evaluation (up to 10 per cent of total budget)


Note: Applicants may apply for up to 100 per cent of the project costs, but are encouraged to seek revenue from a variety of sources where possible.

This program does not fund

  • events or activities that take place outside of Ontario
  • capital expenses including major equipment purchases
  • standard expenses covered by community organizations
  • ongoing operational costs, including the administrative expenses of community organizations
  • faculty or student projects associated with research, course work or studies
  • projects that are primarily on developing strategies to better engage seniors in their communities; see Engaging Seniors: Strategies for Arts Organizations

Activity timing

  • The activity for which you are requesting funding:
    • cannot start before the deadline
    • cannot finish before you receive your grant results
  • Projects must be completed no later than 36 months after notification of grant results.

Final report requirements

If you receive a grant you must submit a final report. You are also required to submit an interim report before the release of a second grant installment, and you may be required to submit an interim report if your project is longer than 24 months. See Terms and conditions – receipt of OAC project grant funds for more information on reporting obligations. Report forms will be available in Nova.


Interim and/or final reports for this program require grant recipients to provide:

  • description of the project undertaken, including details on any minor or approved changes to what had been outlined in the application
  • interim and/or final project evaluation
  • interim and/or final budget
  • documentation of the project

To apply

Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. You will be able to do this approximately two months before the deadline.


Before applying, you must:


You are encouraged to contact the Program Officer to discuss eligibility before applying.


Your application includes:

  • basic information about the project
  • your answers to application questions
  • project budget
  • artistic examples
  • support documents:
    • project evaluation plan
    • CVs, résumés or bios
    • letters of support and/or confirmation

Complete instructions and requirements are in the application in Nova.


For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide.

Program-specific definitions

Seniors: for the purposes of this program, individuals who are 65 years and older