The program supports the creation, production and presentation of art work; professional development; and community arts engagement initiatives that benefit communities in northern Ontario. There are four categories:
- New works: to help cover the costs of creation and production of new works in all artistic disciplines
- Presentation: to help cover the costs of presenting artistic work
- Skills/Career development: for artists to undertake skills and career development projects and for groups presenting projects that will benefit northern Ontario artists
- Working with community: to help cover the costs of community-engaged arts projects
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
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
- Artistic examples: audio or video documentation, writing examples, images
- Support documents: résumés or bios; organization’s history; letters of reference, confirmation or commitment; sample session/lesson plan; as appropriate.
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.
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.
Arts professionals: includes artists, arts managers, curators and arts programmers.
Professional Arts and Literary Book and Magazine Publishers
- have published no fewer than two eligible books or magazine issues (see below) in the 12 months prior to the program deadline, unless that publisher is an online magazine that has posted content regularly for the last 12 months
- pay contributors’ fees or royalties and issue contributors’ contracts
- primarily publish work by writers who are not owners, staff, or editors of the publication
Eligible Arts and Literary Books
Eligible books, for the purposes of applications from professional book publishers, are created by citizens or residents of Canada, and are in English, French, or an Indigenous language.
Translations into French, English or Indigenous languages of Canadian-authored works are eligible if they meet all other eligibility criteria.
Eligible books are works of literary, artistic, or cultural importance in the genres of fiction; poetry; drama; comics and graphic novels; works for children and young adults; and creative and literary non-fiction (including but not limited to literary and arts criticism; autobiography, biography, memoir and essays).
- devote the majority of their content to the publication of original art and literature, critical commentary on the arts or substantive cultural commentary
- primarily publish work by writers and artists that are residents of Northern Ontario