Dance Organizations: Operating
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 ongoing operations of not-for-profit, professional dance organizations in Ontario.
February 17, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
- For 2021, the OAC has put a pause on the multi-year cycles of all operating programs. All current operating grant recipients will need to submit a streamlined application that will be reviewed by a panel of peers.
- The OAC will not be accepting new applicants to any operating programs in 2021. Once it is confirmed when this program is accepting new applicants, it will be noted here.
- Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
- Financial and statistical reports must be submitted through Canadian Arts Data / Données sur les arts au Canada (CADAC) before the deadline.
- Grant notification will be available approximately five months after the deadline.
- Grant notification is now available approximately five months after the deadline.
- dance companies that create and produce work by professional choreographers with professional dancers. The company must pay fees to dancers for rehearsals and performances.
- dance presenters/festivals that present dance works created and produced by professional dance artists/companies. Presenters must hire professional dance artists and companies and pay a guaranteed fee for each presentation.
- dance schools that train students for a professional career in dance through a multi-year dance instruction curriculum of no less than ten hours per week. Courses must be accessible to Ontarians through a competitive audition/admission process. The school must earn revenue in many ways, including student tuition fees.
- dance providers that offer artist residencies, career and professional development programs, sharing knowledge and capacity building services, resources and/or opportunities to contribute to the development of Ontario’s professional dance sector.
- Ontario-based, not-for-profit corporations or national not-for-profit corporations with the head office in Ontario
- organizations must have:
- at least $75,000 in total revenues for the last fiscal year, and in projected revenues for the current and requested years (for applicants not currently receiving funding from this program)
- at least two years of sustained, regular, ongoing programming, as of the application date. If your organization does not meet this requirement, consider applying for project funding
- a range of revenue sources
- an active board of directors/governing body
Read the Guide to OAC Operating Programs for more eligibility information.
- dance schools funded as a provincial secondary or post-secondary education institution
- non-arts organizations
- dance service organizations
- municipalities, secondary schools, colleges and/or universities
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 - Operating Programs.
Dance companies create, produce and present dance works; have annual performance activities and full-evening dance programs of their work.
Dance presenters present dance series and/or dance festivals. They hire professional dance artists and companies and pay a guaranteed fee for each presentation.
Dance schools train students for a professional career in dance through a multi-year dance instruction curriculum of no less than ten hours per week. Courses must be accessible to Ontarians through a competitive audition/admission process. The school earns revenue in many ways, including student tuition fees.