The program supports the ongoing operations of not-for-profit, professional visual arts organizations in Ontario.
The program’s priority is to support visual arts organizations and artist-run centres that demonstrate a consistent commitment to Ontario’s professional artists, including the payment of exhibition and other professional fees, and to their role in the visual arts and/or craft infrastructure and the region.
March 5, 2024, 1 p.m. ET
- In 2024, this program is in year 1 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.
- After this year, 2027 will be the next deadline open to new applicants to this program.
- Potential new applicants (organizations that did not receive a grant from this program last year) must contact the program officer at least one month before the deadline to request approval to apply. 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.
The application questions and evaluation rubric have been reworked to better align with OAC’s current strategic plan.
- Ontario-based, not-for-profit corporations, or national not-for-profit corporations with the head office in
- 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
- Artist-run centres and visual arts organizations must pay appropriate professional fees to artists. See current
recommended fee schedules established by Canadian Artists Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC)
and by the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA). Artists’ travel and accommodation costs and per diems are not
considered substitutes for artists’ fees to present/exhibit their work.
Read the Guide to OAC Operating Programs for more eligibility information.
- non-arts organizations
- municipalities, colleges and/or universities
- public art galleries (must apply to the Public Art Galleries: Operating program).
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:
- your answers to the application questions
- financial and statistical information submitted through Canadian Arts Data / Données sur les arts au Canada (CADAC)
- financial statements of your organization’s last completed year, uploaded to CADAC
- artistic examples: images or video documentation of your organization’s exhibitions and programming, publications
- supporting documents: publicity materials, catalogues, letters of reference
Complete instructions and requirements are in the application in Nova.
For information on how assessors rate applications see the Evaluation Rubric - Operating Programs.
Visual arts organizations: exhibit, present, produce and/or distribute the work of professional Ontario visual artists and craft artists. They include artist-run art galleries, visual arts festivals and presenters, visual arts production centres and distributors, craft organizations with facilities for programming and production.
Artist-run centres: collectives or cooperatives of professional artists that operate as not-for-profit organizations. Founded and primarily directed by professional artists, their activities include production, presentation, distribution and documentation. Artist-run centres provide opportunities for the development of professional Ontario artists and for public interaction with a diverse range of arts activity.