The program supports individual Ontario-based professional artists to continue to work and participate in the arts community in the context of COVID-19. It welcomes practical solutions to current challenges and also encourages exploration, adaptation and the development of new ways of working that will help to increase the resilience of Ontario’s arts sector. Projects must be in response to the challenges resulting from the pandemic. Projects can include activities that assist artists in the short, medium and long term.
Note: This program does not support creation, production, presentation/dissemination or school- and community-based arts engagement activities. These activities are supported through OAC’s regular project programs which continue to run as usual, many with expanded eligibility in response to 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
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.October 20, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
- Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
- Grant notification will be available approximately four and a half months after the deadline.
Important: This program does not provide juror comments or feedback to applicants, whether successful or unsuccessful.
Important: Partial grants are not awarded.
- 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.
- artist agents and commercial dealers
- professional arts managers and administrators
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.
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)
- fundraising activities
- faculty or student projects associated with their research, course work or studies
- living and personal expenses
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.
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.