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Ontario Arts Council


Elizabeth Braoudakis

Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7412

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.

Market Development Travel Assistance


This program supports professional Ontario artists, arts professionals, ad hoc groups/collectives and arts organizations to travel to promote their work to arts presenters, in order to expand their market and build networks for future opportunities for their art work. Grants support an individual to travel to a recognized arts marketplace/event or undertake self-directed travel to connect with arts presenters. The program provides a travel subsidy with a quick turnaround time to allow applicants to generate or respond to new market development opportunities.

Note: Arts presenters are intermediaries between artists and their potential audiences and markets; they may include (but are not limited to) programmers, curators, artistic directors, distributors, broadcasters, publishers, booksellers and gallerists.

See Program-specific definitions, below, for examples of recognized arts marketplaces.


  • applicants travelling to events or locations for the first time
  • OAC priority group applicants
  • support a range of events (OAC may limit the number of Market Development Travel grants awarded to support travel to a single event)
  • opportunities that offer a high level of engagement between the applicant and presenters (e.g. invitations to showcase or exhibit work)

Deadline dates

This program has no specified deadlines.

  • The 2020-2021 program is open April 2020 and accepts applications on a continual basis until the program budget is spent.
  • The 2020-2021 program may close at any time and will close by January 29, 2021 at the latest.
  • Grant notification will be available approximately eight weeks after an application has been submitted.

Grant amount(s)

  • Ontario: $750
  • Canada (all other provinces and territories): $1,000
  • United States: $1,500
  • Outside Canada and United States: $2,000


  • applicants in Northern Ontario may request supplementary funds of $500
  • applicants in remote, isolated and fly-in communities in Northern Ontario may request supplementary funds of $1,000
  • applicants may be awarded only one Market Development Travel grant per OAC program year (April 1 – March 31)
  • you may submit one Market Development Travel Assistance application at a time
  • if you have submitted one Market Development Travel Assistance application during the program year, you cannot submit another application until you have received notification that your application has not been successful
  • partial grants are not awarded
  • a grant in this program will count as one grant toward your three-grant limit for 2019
  • changes or delays to the funded activity are not permitted in this program; if you are unable to complete the activity as proposed, you will be required to return the grant

Recent changes

  • The program is open to applicants from all artistic practices/disciplines supported by the OAC. It is based on 2017-18 pilot programs for Dance and Northern Arts.
  • Grants received in this program count towards a recipient’s three-grant limit for 2019.

Eligible applicants

  • professional artists and arts professionals who are Ontario residents, and that have been awarded an OAC project grant in the past five years
  • ad hoc groups/collectives of at least two artists and arts professionals with a permanent physical address in Ontario, with at least 50 per cent living in Ontario at least eight months of the year; ad hoc groups/collectives must have been awarded an OAC project grant in the past five years
  • incorporated not-for-profit professional arts organizations with a permanent physical address in Ontario, and that have been awarded an OAC operating grant or project grant in the past five years
  • Ontario-based, Canadian-owned for-profit book or periodical publishers that are eligible for funding in OAC’s publishing programs, and that have been awarded an OAC operating grant or project grant in the past five years

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

Ineligible applicants

  • applicants who have not been awarded an OAC operating or project grant in the past five years
  • arts presenters and representatives of presenter networks
  • artist agents and commercial dealers
  • municipalities, schools, colleges and/or universities
  • community and semi-professional choral organizations, semi-professional youth orchestras, community orchestras, choral training organizations/groups (see Music Definitions web page)
  • students enrolled full-time in an educational institution


  • Staff members of organizations or publishers are not eligible to apply as individuals if they are travelling to represent their organization. The organization or publisher must be the applicant.
  • If you are identified as a participant in a project that has been supported by a Market Development Projects grant, you are not eligible to apply as an individual to Market Development Travel Assistance for the same activity.

This program funds

Grants support applicants to:

  • travel to participate in recognized events (showcases, art fairs, trade shows, festivals, conferences, networking events). Applicants must demonstrate that arts presenters will be in attendance
  • undertake self-directed travel to connect with at least two arts presenters; applicants must provide documentation of at least two confirmed meetings with arts presenters

Travel must be at least 100 kilometres from the applicant’s permanent physical address.

Eligible expenses:

  • transportation
  • accommodation and per diems
  • registration and booth fees
  • promotional materials

This program does not fund

Ineligible activity:

  • creating, rehearsing and/or producing works
  • professional development, apprenticeship or mentorship projects and artist residencies
  • attending an annual general meeting of a membership-based organization
  • touring projects, building on an existing tour, or activity that has been supported through an OAC Touring Projects grant
  • competitions, juried art shows and award ceremonies
  • fundraising activities

Ineligible expenses:

  • materials and production costs
  • venue or studio rental
  • fees to artists, arts administrators and technicians
  • expenses attributed to home-based overhead, such as rent, etc.
  • capital expenses including purchase of equipment

Activity timing

The activity for which you are requesting funding:

  • cannot start earlier than eight weeks after you submit your application
  • must be completed no more than one year after you receive the grant results

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.

Note: OAC may contact you after the submission of your final report to gather additional information on the long-term impact of the grant.

Final reports for this program require grant recipients to provide:

  • description of how the project contributed to the development of the market for your work regionally, nationally and/or internationally. Include information on presenters reached, and prospective and confirmed engagements that were a result of the travel.
  • 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.

Before applying, you must:

  • read the Guide to OAC Project Programs
  • create or update your profile in Nova

Your application includes:

  • basic information about the project
  • your answers to application questions
  • support documents:
    • applicant’s résumé/bio or organization history
  • for travel to a recognized event: event and registration information, invitation or other proof of participation
  • for self-directed travel: letters indicating confirmed meetings with at least two arts presenters
  • letter of support from a person who is familiar with your work and can speak to the potential impact of your project

Complete instructions and requirements are in the application in Nova.

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

Applications to this program are reviewed by an internal committee of OAC staff. Applications are prioritized based on the program’s purpose and priorities and with consideration to the potential impact of the activity to develop the applicant’s market for their work.

Program-specific definitions

Market development: strategy to expand an artist’s or arts organization’s market for their artistic work by connecting with new arts presenters.

Arts professionals: artists, arts administrators, community animators, curators, programmers, technicians and arts educators who are engaged in creating, producing, promoting, performing, presenting, distributing and/or programming artistic work.

Northern Ontario: includes the Far North, Northwest, and Northeast regions of the province. This includes the Manitoulin, Parry Sound and Nipissing districts and all regions north of these districts.

Remote, isolated and fly-in communities: northern Ontario communities that have infrequent flights, have no roads leading in or out, or have restricted road access.


Arts marketplace: event that connects artists and arts organizations with arts presenters and programmers, rather than the general public, in order to expand their market and build networks for future opportunities for their artwork.


Arts marketplaces may include: performing arts markets, art fairs, biennales, conferences, showcases, trade shows or fairs, festivals (that include an industry component or program that presenters attend), and Indigenous festivals or powwows that feature a marketplace or trade show.


The following are representative examples of recognized market development events (but not a comprehensive list):

  • Art fairs, biennales and trade shows: Armory Show, Art Athina, Art Toronto, Art Basel, Art Basel Miami, Art Dubai, Biennale de Bamako, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Dak’Art: African Contemporary Art Biennale, Foire d’art alternatif du Sudbury, Frieze Art Fair, Handwerk & Design (Munich), Havana Biennale, Indian Trader’s Market at Gathering of Nations (Albuquerque), Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto, International Design Show Toronto, Johannesburg Biennale, Santa Fe Indian Market, Sao Paulo Biennale, Schmuck International Jewellery Fair, SOFA Chicago, Supermarket (Stockholm)
  • Book fairs: Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Book Expo America, Art Toronto, Frankfurt Book Fair, Guadalajara International Book Fair, London Book Fair, Salon du livre de Toronto, Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury, Salon international du livre de Québec, Toronto Comic Arts Fair, Comic Arts Brooklyn
  • Conferences: Canadian Art Education Association, Conference for Community Arts Education (US), Performing the World, Pulse Ontario Dance
  • Media arts festivals: ImagineNative, Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs (Toronto), Berlinale, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, IndieCade (International Festival of Independent Games), International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Sundance Film Festival, Sunny Side of the Doc (La Rochelle)
  • Performing arts or multidisciplinary festivals: Avignon Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Manito Ahbee Festival (Winnipeg), PuSh Festival, Riddu Riddu Festival (Norway), sākihiwē festival (Manitoba), Unlimited Festival (London)
  • Performing arts marketplaces: Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP/NYC), Australia Performing Arts Market (APAM), Chamber Music America (CMA), CINARS Biennale (International Exchange for the Performing Arts), Contact Ontarois, Internationale Tanzmesse NRW, IPAY, Ontario Contact, PAMS (Performing Arts Market in Seoul), Rencontres Internationales (Festival TransAmériques), Stage 49 at Gathering of Nations (Albuquerque), Tokyo Performing Arts Market (TPAM), World Music Expo (WOMEX)