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Ontario Arts Council

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Lucy Gouveia

Program Administrator
416-969-7432
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7432

Final Report Forms

All final reports are completed and submitted in Nova, OAC’s online granting system. This now includes grants received through a paper application process. For instructions on how to log into Nova, see the Nova User Guide. You will find the report form in your Nova profile, under Action Items. For enquiries regarding reporting requirements, contact us at finalreport@arts.on.ca.

Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators

Purpose

To assist theatre creators to develop new work.

This is a third-party recommender program. Using Nova, OAC’s online grant application system, theatre creators apply to theatre companies designated as recommenders for the program (a maximum of ten applications per year). These recommenders assess applications and submit grant recommendations to OAC.

See About Recommender Grants below for more information on the process.

Priorities

Individual recommender theatre companies may have priority areas of activity or applicants; see each theatre company’s information when the program is active.

Deadline Dates

The program is active between September 2018 and January 2019. OAC does not set deadlines in this program. Recommender theatre companies set their own schedules for review of applications.

See the Recommenders for Theatre Creators page for application deadlines.

Grant amount(s)

  • minimum $1,000, maximum $5,000
You may receive more than one Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators grant in any one program year (September 2018 – January 2019), towards one project or for different projects. You may receive recommendations from more than one recommender in the same program year. You may apply for a maximum of ten Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators each program year.

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

If you are awarded more than one grant in a single third-party recommender program year, these grants will count as one grant toward your three-grant limit for 2018. The recommender programs are: Indigenous Visual Artists’ Materials, Exhibition Assistance, Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators and Recommender Grants for Writers.

Recent changes

  • Applications are now submitted to recommenders through Nova.
  • Recommenders no longer notify applicants. All applicants are notified by OAC through their Nova account.
  • The number of applications that an applicant may submit in a program year has been capped at ten.
  • If you are awarded more than one grant in a single third-party recommender program year, these grants count as one grant toward your three-grant limit for that year.
  • The program was previously known as Theatre Creators’ Reserve.

Eligible applicants

  • professional theatre artists who are residents of Ontario with a permanent physical address in Ontario
  • ad hoc groups/collectives composed of a majority of Ontario residents

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

Ineligible applicants

  • organizations
  • non-professional applicants
  • employees or board members of the recommending theatre organization, or immediate family members of staff or board members

This program funds

  • any type of creation activity by eligible applicants

This program does not fund

  • creation of non-theatre work – e.g. film, radio or TV, fiction, poetry, etc.
  • workshop costs
  • productions

Activity timing

The activities for which you are requesting funding:
  • cannot start before the recommender theatre’s deadline
  • cannot finish before you receive your grant results, up to six weeks after the recommender theatre’s deadline
  • must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results

Final report requirements

If you receive a grant you must submit a final report upon completion of the project. See Terms and conditions – receipt of OAC project grant funds for more information on reporting obligations. Complete and submit the report in Nova.


Final reports for this program require grant recipients to provide:

  • description of your achievements with the support of this grant
  • if this piece has been produced, describe how OAC funding has been acknowledged

To apply

Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. Before applying, you must create or update your profile in Nova.

 

Your application includes:

  • basic information about the project
  • your answers to application questions
  • name of recommender you are applying to
  • artistic examples as required by the recommender theatre company
  • support documents

Complete instructions and requirements are in the application in Nova.

 

For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide.

About recommender grants

Recommenders are organizations authorized by OAC to receive applications, review them and make grant recommendations. OAC allocates a budget to each of the participating recommenders. 

Within six weeks of an application deadline, the recommender will notify OAC of their grant recommendations. Funding recommendations are reviewed by OAC for final eligibility, and OAC then sends you an email letting you know that your notification letter is available online in Nova. 

If recommended a grant, individuals must enter their Social Insurance Number (SIN) and acknowledge the notification letter in Nova. OAC then sends the grant cheque by regular mail. 

Important
  • Recommender grants are outright grants to artists from OAC and cannot be represented as any form of payment to or from the recommender, or to or from any member or director thereof.
  • Under no circumstances should the grant be considered as a substitute for a commission fee.

Conflict of interest

If you have a conflict of interest with a recommender, you may not apply to that recommender. An applicant is in a conflict of interest if they are:
  • a staff or board member of the recommender organization
  • an immediate family member of a staff or board member
To further avoid conflicts of interest, recommenders:
  • will not have applicants and members of their immediate family participate in the assessment of applications to the recommender
  • cannot recommend grants that will be paid back to the recommender organization in any fashion
 

Recommender Deadlines and Contacts

The program is active between September 2018 and January 2019. Recommender theatre companies will set their own deadlines. 
 
Applicants should review recommenders’ priorities and websites to determine which recommenders are the best match for a particular project. 
 
Once OAC is informed that a recommender’s allocation has been fully awarded, we will adjust their record to indicate that they are no longer accepting applications.  
 
The link below will direct you to a searchable database of recommenders for this program.

 
Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators – Recommenders