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Ontario Arts Council


Zhe Gu

Toll-free in Ontario: ​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7459

Lisa Wöhrle

Associate Officer
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7419

Caroline Cotter

Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7455

Final Report Forms

All final reports are completed and submitted in Nova, OAC’s online granting system. This now includes grants received through a paper application process. For instructions on how to log into Nova, see the Nova User Guide. You will find the report form in your Nova profile, under Action Items. For enquiries regarding reporting requirements, contact us at finalreport@arts.on.ca.

Literary Organizations Projects

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.


This program supports Ontario-based not-for-profit, professional literary organizations that present Canadian literature to the public, promote Canadian literature, engage literary artists in arts education activity or assist literary artists hone their craft, in order to sustain a healthy literary community.

Deadline dates

February 21, 2019, 1 p.m. ET

  • Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Grant notification will be available approximately four months after the deadline.

Grant amount(s)

  • Festivals and fairs: maximum $12,000
  • Performance series and slams: maximum $12,000
  • Artists in communities: maximum $12,000
  • Professional development: maximum $12,000
  • Marketing, promotion and distribution: maximum $12,000

Important: Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.

Eligible applicants

  • ad hoc groups/collectives and not-for-profit organizations with a permanent physical address in Ontario

Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.

Ineligible applicants

  • book or magazine publishers
  • libraries, schools, or post-secondary institutions (a library or school can be the venue but not the applicant or organizing host)
  • municipalities, colleges and/or universities
  • organizations that receive a grant in the Literary Organizations: Operating and Publishing Organizations: Operating programs
  • organizations that receive an operating grant in other OAC programs, with the exception of organizations mandated to serve one or more of the OAC priority groups

Important: Organizations applying as new applicants in the Literary Organizations: Operating program may apply only for projects taking place in their current fiscal year

This program funds

  • literary festivals and fairs
  • reading series, storytelling series, slams and other types of professional literary performances
  • literary organizations that promote Canadian literature
  • organizations that engage writers or other literary artists in community-based arts education activity
  • writers’ collectives, writers’ circles or other literary groups that provide artistic or professional development support to professional literary artists

This program does not fund

  • events or organizations that do not pay fees to participating or performing writers and artists
  • events or activities that take place outside of Ontario
  • the publication of books or magazines, unless in support of a broader activity
  • fundraising or promotional activities of organizations or groups
  • major capital expenditures, including buying, leasing or renovating buildings and purchase of major equipment
  • academic or scholarly conferences

Activity timing

The activities 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

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
  • final budget
    • If the budget you submit shows a surplus of more than $250 (revenues as compared to expenses), you may be required to repay the surplus amount to OAC.
  • documentation and/or an explanation of how you acknowledged or will acknowledge OAC support for your project. This should include samples of OAC logo recognition on any promotional or other materials produced in conjunction with the project, such as publications, brochures, posters, invitations, websites, or videos/films. This could also include a description of verbal acknowledgement at public events or the intention to include OAC acknowledgement in associated future activities/materials

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:

  • basic information about the project
  • your answers to application questions
  • project budget
  • support documents: applicant’s history and key participants’ bios, one or two catalogues, brochures, posters, programs, flyers, video or other materials

Complete instructions and requirements are in the application in Nova.

For information on how assessors rate applications see the Evaluation Rubric – Activity Projects.

For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide.