The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has launched a new website to support Nova, OAC’s new online grant application and management system, which is now live. The dynamic new website and Nova will make it easier for applicants to search for granting programs that best suit a proposed arts activity.
With the launch of the website and the successful completion of Nova pilot testing, most OAC grant applications will now be submitted online. The new application process will be much easier for OAC’s approximately 12,000 applicants each year, and more cost-effective for both applicants and OAC.
With OAC’s move to online applications, many granting programs have changed, and some 2017 deadlines have changed. A few programs now have additional deadlines.
Applicants can log on to Nova and begin the online application process two months in advance of a program deadline.
In preparation for Nova, OAC developed a new Funding Framework organizing all granting programs under the following four streams. The OAC’s six priority groups remain a key focus in all programs.
These four funding streams are not replacing OAC programs, which remain discipline-based, activity-based or priority group-based. However, in order to develop Nova, some OAC programs needed to be streamlined to remove inconsistencies and improve clarity. With the merging of some programs, there are now 35 per cent fewer OAC programs. Where programs are merged under the new funding framework, their budgets have been combined as well. No reductions to 2017-18 program budgets are planned. The OAC is also maintaining its commitment to peer assessment-based decision-making processes.
When OAC held province-wide consultations to develop the 2014 Strategic Plan, Vital Arts and Public Value, the agency received significant feedback. A common theme was that applicants wanted OAC to significantly simplify its programs and processes. The implementation of Nova provided the impetus to review OAC’s program design and find opportunities to standardize programs wherever possible.
Like all new systems, both Nova and the website will evolve over time as OAC adds new functions and responds to feedback. Follow OAC on social media and visit the new website for regular updates.
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