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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 in to Nova, see the Nova User Guide. You will find the report form in your Nova profile, under Action Items. For inquiries regarding reporting requirements, contact us at finalreport@arts.on.ca.

Arts Response Initiative: Project Grants for Individuals

The Arts Response Initiative was a one-time reallocation of funds to address the challenges faced by the arts community in 2020. There will be no further deadlines.



The program supported individual Ontario-based professional artists to continue to work and participate in the arts community in the context of COVID-19.


The program’s priorities are to support:

  • applicants from the six OAC priority groups to ensure equitable access for all Ontarians:
    • Artists of Colour
    • Deaf Artists and Artists with Disabilities
    • Francophone Artists
    • Indigenous Artists
    • New Generation Artists (18-30 year olds)
    • Artists Living In Regions Outside Toronto

(See the Priority Group web page on OAC’s website for more information)

  • projects that will help applicants address significant barriers to continuing their practice due to COVID-19
  • projects that have the potential to benefit the applicant’s career in the long term

Deadline dates

The Arts Response Initiative was a one-time reallocation of funds to address the challenges faced by the arts community in 2020. To find out more about activities supported by OAC programs see the Grants Advanced Search.

Grant amount(s)

  • Individuals: $4,000
Important: Partial grants are not awarded.

Eligible applicants

  • professional artists and curators/programmers who are Ontario residents who are eligible in at least one other OAC project program (see definition of professional artist in the Guide to OAC Project Programs)
  • Elders and language/knowledge keepers who are engaged in an artistic practice and are Ontario residents

Important: Individuals cannot apply on behalf of an ad hoc group, collective or organization.

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

Ineligible applicants

  • artist agents and commercial dealers
  • professional arts managers and administrators

What this program funds

The program supports a range of activities that may prepare applicants to carry out their current and future creation, production, presentation and school- and community-based arts engagement projects in an environment of change. This program also supports activities that explore ways to reach presenters, audiences and markets for visibility and/or income opportunities. Projects can also assist applicants to address public health and safety concerns.


  • Experimentation is welcome and it is okay if the results are inconclusive or different from what was anticipated.
  • Projects may include more than one activity or phase.

Eligible projects must:

  • be in response to the challenges resulting from COVID-19. This may include activities that are needed or that have become especially important for an artist to continue their practice in the context of the pandemic.

Eligible activities include:

  • research and planning
  • documenting artistic work (for example, photographing visual arts pieces)
  • upgrading technology
  • website development  
  • developing knowledge and/or skills in administration, technology and digital platforms and/or artistic practice
  • marketing artistic work to presenters and to audiences
  • creating and adapting workspaces

 Eligible expenses include:

  • project administrative fees and expenses (including time spent on the administration of the project by the applicant)
  • a contribution towards the purchase of equipment and software up to a maximum of $2,000 in total, as needed to achieve the goals of the project. This may include, but is not limited to electronics, workspace materials and health and safety items.
  • consultant fees
  • technician fees
  • trainer/mentor and course registration fees
  • website costs
  • space/venue rental (including virtual or digital)
  • shipping costs
  • dependent care costs
  • marketing costs (for example, development of marketing materials, web hosting and dissemination)

Note: Applicants may apply for up to 100 per cent of the project costs but are encouraged to seek revenue from a variety of sources, where possible.

What this program does not fund

  • creation, production, presentation and school- and community-based arts engagement projects, including artist fees paid for such activity (for more information on OAC’s regular programs, see the Grants web page)
  • travel
  • fundraising activities
  • faculty or student projects associated with their research, course work or studies
  • living and personal expenses

Activity timing

The activity for which you are requesting funding:

  • cannot start before the deadline
  • cannot finish before you receive your grant results
  • 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 the project undertaken and its outcomes, including details on any minor or approved changes to what had been outlined in the application
    • Note: It is okay if the results are inconclusive or different from what was anticipated.
  • documentation and/or an explanation of how you acknowledged or will acknowledge OAC support for your project.
    • The OAC logo should appear on any public information related to the funded activity, including online and print material; attach a sample/screenshot.

To apply

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:

  • basic information about the project
  • your answers to application questions
  • support documents: CV, résumé or biography

Complete instructions and requirements are in the application in Nova.

For information on how assessors rate applications see the Evaluation Rubric – Professional Development Projects.

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