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Ontario Arts Council


Lizzy Braoudakis

Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7412

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.

National and International Residency Projects


The program provides Ontario artists with financial support to pursue professional development opportunities outside the province. The program aims to:

  • provide support at a time in an artist’s career when artistic growth and renewal will have an impact
  • provide freedom to experiment, be exposed to new influences, take risks and grow personally and professionally without the pressure of producing
  • provide access to new cultural surroundings and, in turn, a broader perspective
  • encourage networking and relationship-building to promote an exchange of artistic views across national and international boundaries.


Program priorities include residencies taking place in Quebec that facilitate the exchange of artistic viewpoints and contribute to the establishment of enduring ties between Quebec and Ontario artists.

Deadline Dates

May 2 and November 1, 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)

  • Quebec Residency: maximum $10,000
  • National/International Residency (excluding Ontario and Quebec): maximum $10,000

Special funds are allocated for residencies taking place in the province of Quebec through an arrangement between OAC and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (CALQ).

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

Recent changes

  • There are new deadline dates.

Eligible applicants

In order to apply to the National and International Residency program you must:

  • be a professional Ontario-based artist with a permanent physical address in Ontario
  • be an individual working in any of the disciplines supported by OAC
  • have creative and administrative control and responsibility for the direction of your project
  • have had an active professional artistic practice for at least three years


  • You may only receive a National and International Residency grant once every three years.
  • You may not apply to this program if you currently have a Chalmers Arts Fellowship grant and have not completed and reported on the project.

Ineligible applicants

  • Ad hoc groups/collectives, ensembles, co-applicants, producers, organizations
  • Students enrolled in any educational institution or any learning program on a full- or part-time basis and at any level of study
  • Municipalities, colleges and/or universities

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

This program funds

  • Projects that allow research in and exploration of artistic practice.
  • Projects that are self-directed, including a mentorship with an experienced and trusted advisor or teacher with whom a work plan has been developed, or involve participation in a formal residency program at a recognized institution. Such projects may include key participants, such as collaborating artists.

Important: Projects must occur over an uninterrupted period of time, from a minimum of one week to a maximum of 12 weeks. Projects must take place outside of Ontario, at a single location or multiple destinations.

  • Eligible expenses:
    • travel
    • per diems (meal allowance) and accommodation
    • residency and/or workshop fees where applicable
    • mentor fees where applicable (up to $500 per day)

This program does not fund

  • Residencies in Ontario
  • Fundraising
  • Capital expenses
  • Projects whose primary activity is the creation of new work. A residency may involve creation activity, but this should not be the main focus of the project.
  • Projects whose primary activity is teaching or offering workshops
  • Projects whose primary activity is the reworking of existing material
  • Projects that pursue the production of art, such as commissions, exhibitions, catalogues, rehearsals, performances, tours, publishing audio recording and video, television and film production
  • Accredited college or university programs
  • Projects connected to student work
  • Research by professors
  • Auditions, showcases and trade fairs and other self-promotional activity

Ineligible expenses:

  • costs of materials
  • costs attributed to home-based overhead such as: rent; living expenses for a spouse, partner, dependants; childcare
  • costs attributed to collaborating artists

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 results.


  • You cannot apply to this program if you have an overdue final report in any OAC grant program.
  • If you have applied for a residency and have not yet received confirmation of your participation, you may still apply to the program. In this case, if a grant is awarded to you a cheque would be issued to you only once a letter of invitation has been submitted to OAC.

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
  • Artistic examples: Provide two examples of your artistic work. Each of the following is considered one example:
    • Three minutes of audio or visual support material; or
    • Five digital still images; or
    • Written support material (e.g. script, book or zine samples) maximum 5 pages
  • Support documents:
    • Mandatory: applicant’s résumé (maximum 2 pages), letter of reference (maximum 1 page) from an individual who is not participating in your project, which must include the writer’s name, position/occupation and indicate how long and in what capacity they have known the applicant.
    • Optional: Submit, as applicable, bios of mentor/key participant(s); letter of invitation from a residency that specifies the dates of your stay, any fees, and bursary or in-kind support offered to the artist; letter of confirmation from mentor (maximum 1 page).