If you are interested in inviting an artist or arts organization to work with your community or in your school you can refer to these resources. If you are an artist or arts organization, you are encouraged to complete a profile on these sites as applicable. If you are aware of other resources, please email the Program Administrator.
Until this program opens in Nova, the Ontario Arts Council’s online granting system, program information may change. This includes deadline dates and specific information on eligibility. Be sure to visit this page after the program opens in Nova, but before starting your application.
The program supports the research, development and realization of community-engaged arts projects in Ontario. Activities involve professional Ontario artists and community members working together to design, develop and realize collective creative experiences.
Community-engaged art practices are forms of collective artistic expression. In this field, individuals who aren’t professional artists actively participate in the artistic process, and the artistic process is considered as important as the final artistic product. Both the social and artistic outcomes of community-engaged art have value.
Excerpted from Framing Community: A Community-Engaged Workbook
There are three categories:
Mentorship: up to $3,000 in additional funds are available in any category to cover the costs involved in mentoring professional artists from OAC priority groups, to build their skills and experience in project planning and/or facilitating community-engaged arts projects.
The program’s priorities are to support projects that:
Important: Non-arts organizations, schools run by First Nations or Indigenous education authorities, and school boards must have an arts partner. Arts partners can be professional artists, arts collective, ad hoc arts groups, or arts organizations.
Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.
Important: Organizations applying as new applicants in the Arts Organizations in Communities and Schools: Operating program may apply only for projects taking place in their current fiscal year
The following are not eligible to apply to the Two-Year Project category:
Note: If granted a two-year project, organizations cannot re-apply to this program until the final report is approved.
Important: There is specific funding in the program for artists and health care collaborations. To be eligible for this funding, there must be a partnership between an arts partner and a government-funded health care facility (e.g. hospital, community health centre, long-term care facility, mental health and addictions services).
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:
Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. You will be able to do this approximately two months before the deadline.
Before applying, you must:
Your application includes:
Complete instructions and requirements are in the application in Nova.
For information on how assessors rate applications see the Evaluation Rubric – Community-Engaged Projects.
For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide.
Access: People, regardless of geographic, racial, social, economic or physical realities have equal opportunity to experience the arts and participate in cultural life.
Co-creation: A process to create a final product where non-artists and professional artist(s) work side-by-side and have equal input and impact on the outcome.
Letters of confirmation or intent: Letters confirming participation in the current project must be written by either the arts or non-arts partner(s) on the project who is/are not the applicant are a mandatory item(s). Non-arts community applicants must include letters from their arts partners or artists. Arts applicants must include letters from their non-arts community partner(s) or groups.
Letters must confirm participation in the current project with relevant time period. Letters may additionally speak to community relationship, contribution to the project, expected impacts and value of the project, etc. All letters must be signed, and ideally be written on letterhead. Do not include reference letters. If you cannot get a partner letter, it is recommended that you wait to apply to the next deadline.
(Exception: Applicants to the Planning category who are in the early stages of the project may submit a letter(s) of intent from potential partner(s) instead of a letter(s) of confirmation.)