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Ontario Arts Council


Myles Warren

Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7422

Rohana Buzamlak

Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7416

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.

Deadline dates

February 14, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
  • In 2019 this program is in year one of a three-year cycle and is accepting new applicants.
  • 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 in June 2019.


  • New applicants must contact the program officer to discuss eligibility.
  • 2022 is the next deadline open to new applicants to this program.

Eligible applicants

  • dance companies, dance presenters, dance schools or dance organizations that support 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
  • dance service organizations
  • municipalities, secondary schools, colleges and/or universities

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:

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.