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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.

Indigenous and Culturally Specific Dance: Training Projects


The program supports dance training in customary/traditional and contemporary African, Caribbean, Asian, Arabic, Middle Eastern, South Asian and Indigenous dance forms. There are two categories:

  • Dance school: to help cover the curriculum costs
  • Dance company: to help cover the training costs of company’s dancers

Deadline Dates

September 21, 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)

  • Dance school: maximum $10,000
  • Dance company: maximum $10,000

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

Recent changes

  • The program was previously called Aboriginal and Culturally Diverse Dance Training.

Eligible applicants

  • Dance schools, dance ad hoc groups and collectives or dance companies that train, make and/or present dance of customary/traditional and contemporary African, Caribbean, Asian, Arabic, Middle Eastern and Indigenous dance forms.
  • Dance companies that receive a grant under $30,000 in the Dance Organizations: Operating program.
  • You must have a permanent physical address in Ontario.

Ineligible applicants

  • Dance schools, dance ad hoc groups and collectives or dance companies that train, make and/or present dance of ballet, ballroom and social, country and Canadian, Euro-American contemporary and modern, European traditional and folk, health, wellness & sport dance training, interdisciplinary and circus, period dance, spiritual dance or urban/street dance forms.
  • Organizations that receive a grant over $30,000 in the Dance Organizations: Operating program.
  • Individuals.
  • For-profit dance schools.
  • Dance competitions.
  • Elementary or secondary schools, colleges, universities and municipalities.

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

This program funds

  • Fees, and transportation and accommodation costs if applicable, for dance teachers, Elders, Gurus and accompanists.
  • Professional dance artists’ fees (for the dance ad hoc group, collective or dance company applicant only).
  • Administration costs not to exceed $500.
  • Studio rental

This program does not fund

  • Events or activities that take place outside of Ontario.
  • Artistic director’s fee, unless the director is engaged to teach the training program or dance class(es).
  • Costumes, scenery, music commissions and music recording.
  • Tours (see Touring Projects).
  • Local transportation costs (transit fares, parking fees and mileage) and accommodation costs for the artistic director, students, teachers, dance artists or accompanists.
  • Ongoing operating costs including fundraising activities, membership fees and 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 your 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

  • Answers to application questions.
  • A project budget:
    • Dance schools must have a range of project-related revenue streams, such as student tuition, etc.
    • Dance companies must include payment for dancers who participate in the project’s dance training activity.
    • Only dance companies are not required to have a range of project-related revenue streams. Your request can equal your project’s expenses. If they exceed the requested amount, include additional funding sources.
  • Artistic examples: three video examples (maximum three minutes each). One video example must include work of the dance teacher(s), Elder(s) or Guru(s). This video will help you: Preparing Effective Support Material for Theatre, Dance and Performance-Based Multi and Inter-Arts.
  • Support documents: applicant’s résumé and bios for the dance teacher(s), Elder(s) or Guru(s).

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.

Dance class: a particular course of dance instruction with a group of dance students or professional dancers.