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Shoshana Wasser

Associate Director of Public Affairs and Communications
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058

Webinars: Learn the basics of applying for an OAC grant

April 15, 2021

Applying for an arts grant can be confusing or overwhelming. This spring, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is offering a series of webinars for Ontario-based artists and arts groups to learn the basics of applying for OAC funding.

These webinars are for people who:
  • have never applied for an arts grant before
  • have an idea for an arts project in mind and are wondering how to apply for funding
  • have applied for a grant before, but did not receive one
  • want to learn more about what makes a successful application

OAC program officers will cover topics such as:
  • Artist eligibility: Who can apply? How do I know whether I’m eligible for funding? What does it mean to be a professional artist?
  • Organization/group eligibility: What kinds of groups are eligible for funding? Do we need to be incorporated or registered as a charity?
  • Funding opportunities: Where can I find out about OAC grants? How can I tell which programs I can (and should) apply for? Can I apply for more than one grant?
  • How the grant application process works: Who decides which applications get approved? How do they make their decisions? How long will it take for me to find out my result?
  • Tips for an effective application: Are there common mistakes that applicants make?

Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. We encourage you to submit general questions about OAC funding in advance when you register for the event. (You can also send written questions during the webinar through Zoom’s Q&A feature.)

If you already have a project in mind, and you have a specific question about your project, please email info@arts.on.ca, and we will forward your question to an appropriate staff member.


Webinar Dates

In English

  • April 22, 2021: 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. (Registration is closed. This session is at full capacity.)
  • May 20, 2021: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. (Registration is closed)
  • May 27, 2021: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET. (Registration is closed)

In French

  • April 29, 2021: 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. (Registration is closed.)


  • ASL/English sign language interpretation and English captioning will be provided for the English sessions.
  • LSQ/French sign language interpretation and French captioning will be provided for the French session.
  • If you have any other accessibility or accommodation needs, please contact communications@arts.on.ca.


If you missed one of our introductory webinars to OAC's programs, below is the recording from the April 22 webinar.