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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.

Ontario Arts Presenters Projects


The program supports the presentation of arts events or series in Ontario that contribute to the development of appreciative and knowledgeable audiences for the arts in Ontario. There are two categories:

  • Volunteer collectives, groups or organizations
  • Municipalities, colleges and universities


The program’s priorities are to support:

  • presentation/exhibition of Ontario artists/arts organizations eligible for support from OAC granting programs;
  • presentation of arts events or series in underserved or remote communities in Ontario;
  • outreach and audience engagement activities;
  • collaborations among touring and local artists/arts organizations and local communities; and
  • activities that contribute to arts education, public participation and community involvement in the arts in Ontario.

Deadline Dates

February 22 and September 19, 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)

  • Volunteer collectives, groups or organizations: maximum $10,000
  • Municipalities, colleges and universities: maximum $10,000

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. Projects should include a range of revenue sources.

Recent changes

  • There are new deadline dates.
  • There are new categories.

Eligible applicants

Applicants must:

  • be Ontario-based volunteer-led ad hoc groups/collectives or not-for-profit organizations, with a permanent physical address in Ontario; or
  • be Ontario municipalities, colleges or universities


  • present or produce professional Ontario artists, arts professionals, arts groups, collectives or organizations; and
  • select artistic programming for public presentation in their local community; and
  • select their programming guided by an artistic vision

Ineligible applicants

  • Individuals
  • Arts presenters that have paid programming staff or leadership (college, university and municipal arts presenters excepted)
  • Co-presenters (only one application per arts event/series will be accepted)
  • For-profit organizations
  • Ad hoc groups/collectives or unincorporated organizations composed mainly of students and non-professionals

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

This program funds

  • Arts festivals, performing arts series (including youth and family series) and other artistic experiences in Ontario communities for a public audience
  • A series must include a minimum of two different events or presentations on different dates.

For projects to be eligible, presenters must:

  • hire professional artists and pay them a guaranteed fee for each presentation or exhibition
  • provide the venue and supply technical and promotional support
  • display a thorough knowledge of audiences in their communities and of the professional arts community, and may organize outreach and audience development activities in support of their artistic programming.

Eligible expenses include:

  • Ontario artists’ engagement or exhibition fees
  • Contributions to artists’ per diems and accommodation
  • Event production costs including rentals
  • Contributions to artists’ travel, transportation and related costs
  • Marketing and promotional costs directly incurred for the presentation of events or series

This program does not fund

  • Events or activities that take place outside of Ontario.
  • Attendance at Ontario Contact or other showcases.
  • Attendance at a public presentation of an artist’s work, an opening night, acceptance of a prize, annual general meetings of an arts service organization, a showing or showcase at a trade or industry fair, participation as a workshop leader or a guest speaker at a convention, conference or symposium.
  • Competitions.
  • Performances, exhibitions, events or activities by students and non-professionals.
  • Programming supported by OAC’s Ontario Dances, Theatre Connects or Connexions théâtres programs.
  • Programming supported by OAC’s Aide à la diffusion artistique – projets program.
  • Projects in which the primary activity is skill development, creative workshops, arts education workshops or hands-on activities in schools or communities (see OAC’s Artists in Communities and Schools Projects programs).
  • Creation or commission of co-produced work.
  • Professional development.

Ineligible expenses include:

  • Creating, commissioning, co-producing and rehearsing a work
  • Costs attributed to overhead, including office rent and administration
  • Capital expenses

Activity timing

The activities for which you are requesting funding:

  • cannot start before you receive your grant results date; and
  • must be completed no more than two years after you receive the 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
  • Artistic examples: Include one to three examples of the work of an artist/arts organization that will be presented by your organization. Each of the following is considered one example:
    • Up to two minutes of audio/visual example (maximum: 5 minutes), or
    • Up to five images, or
    • Up to three pages of literary examples
  • Support documents:
    • Mandatory: one signed letter of agreement, which must include the fee(s) and/or in-kind support to be provided to the artist/arts organization, the dates of the presentation and the work to be presented; programming schedule.
    • Optional: website and/or examples of promotional materials (such as brochures, flyers, posters), biographies of key artists or histories of arts groups being presented.