The program supports Ontario writers in the creation of new work and creates and strengthens connections between Ontario writers, publishers, and literary organizations.
This is a third-party recommender program. Using Nova, OAC’s online grant application system, writers apply to the publishers and organizations designated as recommenders for the program. These recommenders assess applications and submit grant recommendations to OAC.
Grants made from this program are made by OAC. Recommenders may not award grants in lieu of payment or impose conditions on applicants or grant recipients. See About Recommender Grants below for more information on the process.
Each recommender may identify priority applicants or areas of activity.
This program runs from September 5, 2018 to January 16, 2019. OAC does not set deadlines in this program. Recommenders set their own schedules for review of applications.
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.
You must be an Ontario resident with a permanent physical address in Ontario and have a recent professional publishing history with, at least:
Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.
The following may not be used to establish eligibility:
Grants through this program fund the time and activities needed to begin new work or continue work in progress for the project(s) described in your application.
Eligible projects may vary in scale from chapbook-length poetry projects and feature magazine articles to full-length books. See the full list of Eligible genres, below.
Important: Artist fees funded through this program must not be construed as a fee paid by a publisher to an artist for any reason.
The activities for which you are requesting funding:
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:
Your application includes:
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.