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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.

Purpose

The program supports the ongoing operations of not-for-profit, professional dance organizations in Ontario.

Deadline dates

February 17, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
  • In 2022 this program is in year 3 of a three-year cycle and is accepting new applicants.
  • Applications are available in Nova about 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 about five months after the deadline.
Important:
  • Normally, OAC operating programs only accept new applicants in year one of their multi-year cycle. This year is an exception: most operating programs, including this one, are open to new applicants in 2022.
  • After this year, 2023 will be the next deadline open to new applicants to this program.
  • Participation in this program is by invitation only. Potential new applicants must contact the program officer at least one month before the deadline to be considered for an invitation. This process will involve one or more discussions between OAC and the potential applicant to determine its eligibility to and fit with the program, what grant amount to request, and other particulars.

Recent changes

  • After being paused last year, multi-year cycles have resumed for all operating programs. The timing of cycles for some programs has been adjusted. A program that was in year 1 in 2020 may now be in year 1 again, for example.

Eligible applicants

  • 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.
  • other dance-centered organizations with a primary purpose to support professional dance artists, through administration, publicity and marketing, career and professional development, capacity building, and other services and/or programs that 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.

Ineligible applicants

  • dance schools funded as a provincial secondary or post-secondary education institution
  • non-arts organizations
  • arts service organizations (see Arts Service Organizations: Operating)
  • municipalities, colleges and universities

To apply

Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. You will be able to do this about 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.

Program-specific definitions

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.