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Ontario Arts Council


Jack Illingworth

Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7438

Renee Lottridge

Interim Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7440

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.

Literary Organizations: Operating


The program supports the ongoing operations of not-for-profit, professional literary organizations in Ontario, except for book and magazine publishers.


The program's priorities are to support organizations that present Canadian literature to the public, promote Canadian literature, engage literary artists in arts education activity, or assist literary artists to hone their craft, in order to sustain a healthy literary community. Written and oral literary traditions are equally valued in this program.

Deadline Dates

March 15, 2017, 1 p.m. ET
  • Applications are available online approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Financial and statistical reports must be submitted through Canadian Arts Data / Données sur les arts au Canada (CADAC) before the deadline.
  • Grant notification will be available July, 2017.
  • If you have an overdue final report in any OAC grant program your grant will be conditional upon receipt of the report.


  • This program is in year two of a three-year cycle.
  • New applicants must contact the program officer to discuss eligibility.
  • Organizations that are not currently receiving operating funding may only apply in the first year of a multi-year cycle.
  • 2019 is the next deadline open to new applicants to this program.

Recent changes

  • The program name has changed from Literary Festivals and Organizations – Operating.
  • Despite the name change, festivals remain eligible.
  • Organizations that primarily distribute Canadian literature are no longer eligible, as these organizations are currently supported through Arts Service Organizations: Operating.

Eligible applicants

Organizations that:

  • are a not-for-profit corporation, or national not-for-profit corporation with the head office in Ontario; and
    • have at least $75,000 in total revenues for the last fiscal year, and in projected revenues for the current and requested years (for applicants not currently receiving funding from this program);
    • have two years of sustained, regular, ongoing programming, as of the application date. If your organization does not meet this requirement, consider applying for project funding;
    • have a range of revenue sources; and
    • have an active board of directors/governing body.

Ineligible applicants

  • Organizations that primarily distribute Canadian literature
  • Organizations that primarily publish books and/or magazines
  • Non-arts organizations
  • Municipalities, colleges and/or universities

More about eligibility for OAC’s operating programs

To apply

  • Answers to annual or multi-year application questions;
  • Financial and statistical information through Canadian Arts Data / Données sur les arts au Canada (CADAC). New applicants will need to register for an account with CADAC;
  • Financial statements of your organization’s last completed year, uploaded to CADAC;
  • Support documents: a link to your website and samples of recent marketing materials.