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Ontario Arts Council


Lucy Gouveia

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

Final Report Forms

To report on a recommender grant awarded up to March 31, 2017, email finalreport@arts.on.ca to request a final report form, indicating the program for which you are submitting a report.

To report on a recommender grant awarded since June 2017, complete and submit your final report in Nova.

Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators


To assist theatre creators to develop new work.

This is a third-party recommender program. Applications are made to and funding decisions are made by the theatre companies enrolled in the program.


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 2017 and January 2018. There are no deadlines in this program. Recommender theatre companies will set their own schedules for review of applications.

Grant amount(s)

  • The minimum amount you can apply for is $1,000; the maximum is $5,000.
You may receive more than one Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators grant in any one year, towards one project or for different projects. You may receive recommendations from more than one recommender in the same year.

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

Recent changes

  • 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.

Ineligible applicants

  • Organizations
  • Non-professional applicants
  • Employees or board members of the recommending theatre organization, or immediate family members of staff or board members
More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

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; and
  • 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 for Project Programs 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

  • An application to the recommender theatre company
  • Artistic examples as required by the recommender theatre company

Recommender Deadlines and Contacts

The program is active between September 2017 and January 2018. Recommender theatre companies will set their own schedules for review of applications.

Applicants should review recommender’s 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.
See the list of recommenders