The program supports Ontario-based professional arts organizations to continue to work and participate in the arts community in the context of COVID-19. It 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. This can include activities that assist artists and arts organizations in the short, medium and long term. The program is focused on projects that benefit a large number of artists and/or arts organizations other than the applicant, and particularly those from OAC priority groups. A project partner or partner(s) are required.
Given the objective of the program to have a broad impact, grant recipients are encouraged to share learnings broadly.
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.
This program is funded by the Chalmers Family Fund, established at OAC in 1979 with donations by Floyd. S. Chalmers, Jean A. Chalmers and M. Joan Chalmers.
The program’s priorities are to support:
(See the Priority Group web page on OAC’s website for more information)
November 3, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Important: Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested. Assessors will consider the program priorities when making these decisions.
Eligible project partners:
Ineligible project partners:
The program supports activities that will be of long-term benefit to the partners and/or the intended audience or community of focus, and potentially also the broader arts sector. It supports partners to develop new or adapted models and ways of working that are relevant in an environment of change. This may include developing new approaches to current and future creation, production, presentation and school- and community-based arts engagement projects. It may also include exploring new ways of reaching presenters, audiences and markets. Projects can also explore ways of navigating COVID-19 related public health and safety concerns.
Eligible projects must:
Eligible activies include:
Eligible expenses include:
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.
The activity 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.
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 – Organizational Development Projects.
For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide.