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Ontario Arts Council

Contact

Christina Akrong

Program Officer
647-258-5075 / 1-800-387-0058 ext. 5075

Alana Forslund

Northwestern Representative
807-632-4575 / 1-866-391-2221

Philippe Mesly

Program Administrator
416-961-1660 ext. 5144 / 1-800-387-0058 ext. 5144

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.

Market Development Travel: Northern Arts

Purpose

This program supports northern Ontario professional artists, arts collectives and arts organizations to travel to promote their work, build their profile and develop relationships with arts presenters in Ontario, Canada and abroad.

Deadline Dates

This program has an open deadline.

  • This means that applications are accepted at any time until the program budget is spent.
  • You must apply a minimum of four weeks before your departure date or the date of the event.
  • Grant notification will be available approximately four weeks after an application has been submitted.

Grant amount(s)

  • Within Ontario (all regions): $1,000
  • Within Canada and the U.S.: $1,500
  • Outside Canada and the U.S.: $2,000
Important
  • Grant recipients residing in and travelling from an isolated or fly-in community will receive a $1,500 grant supplement.
  • Partial grants are not awarded.
  • OAC will not accept requests for changes to your funded activity. If you are unable to complete the activity as proposed, you will be required to return the grant.

Recent changes

  • This is a pilot program administered and assessed by OAC staff in the Northern Arts, and Touring and Audience Development sections.

Eligible applicants

  • Professional artists who are residents of northern Ontario, have a permanent physical address in northern Ontario, have lived in northern Ontario for at least one year before making this application, and reside in northern Ontario for at least eight months of each year.
  • Ad hoc groups/collectives of artists or arts professionals with a permanent physical address in northern Ontario, made up of at least 50 per cent professional artists or arts professionals living in northern Ontario at least eight months each year.
  • Incorporated not-for-profit arts organizations with a permanent physical address in northern Ontario.
Important
  • You can receive one Market Development Travel: Northern Arts grant per year.

Ineligible applicants

  • Non-arts organizations.
  • Arts presenters and representatives of presenter networks.
  • Arts agents.
  • Municipalities, schools, colleges and universities.

Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.

This program funds

Grants support travel to attend or participate in art exhibitions, showcases, festivals, arts networking events, conferences and symposia. Arts presenters, curators, directors, programmers or publishers must be in attendance at the event.

Eligible expenses:
  • Registration fees.
  • Travel costs (ground/air transportation, accommodation and per diem). Travel must be at least 100 kilometres from your permanent physical address.
  • Promotional materials.

This program does not fund

  • Creating, rehearsing and/or producing work(s).
  • Attending an annual general meeting of a membership-based organization.
  • Artist residencies.
  • Fees to artists and arts administrators.
  • Touring projects, building on an existing tour, or activity that has been awarded a grant through OAC’s Touring Projects.
  • Production costs (costumes, scenery and other staging requirements).
  • Administration costs.
  • Venue or studio rental.
  • Professional development, apprenticeship or mentorship projects.
  • Fundraising activities or capital expenses including purchase of equipment.

Activity timing

The activity for which you are requesting funding:
  • Cannot start before the date your application is submitted.
  • Cannot finish before you receive your grant results.
  • Must be completed no more than one year after you receive the grant results.

Important: You are not eligible to apply to any OAC program if you have an overdue or unapproved final report in any OAC grant program as of the deadline. You may have an outstanding final report for a project that is not yet completed. 

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:
  • Describe how the project contributed to the development of marketing your work regionally, nationally and/or internationally.
  • List the prospective and/or confirmed engagements that are, or may be, a result of the project.
  • List the arts presenters, curators, publishers, directors, etc., you reached in your project, including their affiliations.
  • Provide 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.

Important
OAC may contact you after the submission of your final report to gather additional information on the longer term impact of the grant.

To apply

  • Applicant’s CV/résumé/bio/organization history.
  • An invitation, registration or other proof of participation from the host/organizer of the event.
  • Letter of support from a person who is knowledgeable about the event and who can attest to the importance of your participation.
  • Information about the event.
  • List of the prospective arts presenters that may attend the event.

Program-specific definitions

Market development: A strategy to expand an artist’s or arts organization’s potential market for their artistic work by connecting with new presenters, producers, distributors and/or engagers.

Arts Presenter: An organization or arts professional that selects artistic programming for public presentation, pays a guaranteed fee for each presentation and covers the presentation costs. An arts presenter can be a curator, director, programmer, publisher, etc.

Arts showcase: An event that brings together a number of arts presenters and programmers, rather than the general public. These events introduce artists to new markets.

Conference/symposium: A meeting convened to network and discuss matters of common concern that provides for a formal exchange of views with experts in the arts sector.

Northern Ontario: includes the Far North, Northwest, and Northeast regions of the province. This includes the Manitoulin, Parry Sound and Nipissing districts and all regions north of these districts.

Isolated or fly-in communities: Northern Ontario communities that have infrequent flights, have no roads leading in or out or have restricted road access, and that have a higher cost of living.