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Ontario Arts Council


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 Projects


This program supports Ontario-based not-for-profit, professional literary organizations that present Canadian literature to the public, promote Canadian literature, engage literary artists in arts education activity, or assist literary artists hone their craft, in order to sustain a healthy literary community.

Deadline Dates

February 22, 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)

  • Festivals and fairs: maximum $12,000
  • Series and slams: maximum $12,000
  • Marketing, promotion and distribution: maximum $12,000
  • Artists in communities: maximum $12,000
  • Professional development: maximum $12,000

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 formerly called Literary Festivals and Organizations: Projects.
  • The deadline has changed.
  • The maximum grant is now $12,000 for all applicants.
  • Eligibility criteria have been simplified and clarified.

Eligible applicants

  • Ad hoc groups/collectives and not-for-profit organizations with a permanent physical address in Ontario.

Ineligible applicants

  • Book or magazine publishers
  • Libraries, schools, or post-secondary institutions (a library or school can be the venue but not the applicant or organizing host)
  • Municipalities, colleges and/or universities
  • Organizations that receive a grant in the Literary Organizations: Operating and Publishing Organizations: Operating programs.
  • 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.
Important: Organizations applying as new applicants in the Literary Organizations: Operating program may apply only for projects taking place in their current fiscal year.

This program funds

  • Literary festivals and fairs
  • Reading series, storytelling series and slams
  • Literary organizations that promote Canadian literature
  • Organizations that engage writers or other literary artists in community-based arts education activity
  • Writers’ collectives, writers’ circles or other literary groups that provide artistic or professional development support to professional literary artists

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

This program does not fund

  • Events or organizations that do not pay fees to participating or performing writers and artists.
  • Events or activities that take place outside of Ontario.
  • The publication of books or magazines, unless in support of a broader activity.
  • Fundraising or promotional activities of organizations or groups.
  • Capital expenses and equipment purchases.
  • Academic or scholarly conferences.

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.

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;
  • Support documents: applicant’s history and key participants’ bios, one or two catalogues, brochures, posters, programs, flyers, video, or other materials.