The OAC recognizes and values the distinctive nature of the arts produced in Ontario’s Northern regions. We believe that the arts are essential to the quality of life, cultural identity, social well-being and economic prosperity of Ontario. We recognize the specific challenges and costs to creating, presenting and accessing the arts in the North. Applicants who live and work in the North are encouraged to apply to any program in which their activities are eligible. In addition, OAC has a program that specifically meets the needs of northern artists.
You are eligible to apply to Northern Arts Projects if you live in northern Ontario, or your ad hoc group/collective or organization is based in the North.
The program supports the creation, production and presentation of artwork; professional development; and community arts engagement initiatives that benefit communities in northern Ontario. The program has 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
The program’s priorities are to:
- foster the development and growth of the arts in northern Ontario
- recognize and value the distinctive nature of the arts produced in Ontario’s northern regions
- support northern Ontario artists at any stage in their professional careers, recognizing that creating, producing and promoting their work is essential to the artistic diversity and regional representation of Ontario
- support the arts and arts service organizations in northern Ontario to build capacity and infrastructure
- provide northern audiences with access to arts experiences
- support projects that are inclusive and accessible to audiences, participants, and community members
June 3 and November 8, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
- The application form will be available in Nova about two months before the deadline.
- You will find out whether you got a grant about four and a half months after each deadline.
- New Works: maximum $15,000
- Presentation: maximum $15,000
- Skills/Career Development: maximum $15,000
- Working with Community: maximum $15,000
- professional artists who reside in northern Ontario, for at least one year prior to submitting an application, and continue to live for at least eight months each year in northern Ontario
- not-for-profit organizations with a head office in northern Ontario; non-arts organizations must demonstrate appropriate arts expertise and directly involve arts professionals as paid artists or advisory committee members
- Canadian-controlled professional arts and literary book and magazine publishers with a head office in northern Ontario, including Canadian-owned for-profit publishers (see Program-Specific Definitions below)
- ad hoc groups and collectives based in northern Ontario, and are made up of at least 50 per cent professional artists and/or arts professionals who reside in northern Ontario and continue to live for at least eight months each year in northern Ontario
- northern Ontario-based First Nations and schools run by First Nations or Indigenous Education Authorities
Note: Co-applicant individuals, ad hoc groups, collectives and organizations are eligible. If awarded, the grant is split equally between the two applicants.
Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.
- colleges, universities and municipalities
- for-profit organizations (with the exception of eligible publishers – see Program-Specific Definitions below)
- organizations receiving OAC operating funding; they may be a participant in a group project, but cannot be the applicant or co-applicant
What this program funds
- creation and production of new works in all artistic disciplines
- exhibitions, single and series presentations, concerts, literary readings, book fairs, festivals and publications
- skills/career development:
- for individuals to participate at conferences, workshops, seminars, short-term courses, mentorships, festivals or other similar opportunities, provincially, nationally or internationally
- for organizations, collectives and ad hoc groups to present conferences, workshops or seminars, or to carry out projects that will benefit northern artists in their artistic or career development
- community-engaged arts projects in communities and schools, collaborations, residencies and initiatives that engage community members in a creative process
- editorial, production, circulation, marketing and promotion costs of publishing eligible arts or literary books or magazines; and sales, distribution, and administrative costs if directly related to an eligible publication
This program also supports:
- childcare and other dependant care fees enabling individuals to take part in the project (this does not include regular, ongoing expenses)
- expenses related to making the project accessible to audience members and project participants (other than the applicant) who are Deaf or have a disability
- Note: Applicants to this program who identify as Deaf or as having a disability may apply for supplementary funds for their own accessibility expenses through Accessibility Fund: Project Support.
What this program does not fund
- fundraising activities, competitions and contests
- major capital expenditures, including buying, leasing or renovating buildings and purchase of major equipment
- portfolios or promotional packages
- self-publishing (with the exception of artists’ books)
- music videos (with the exception of professional live documentation of a performance)
- touring projects
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 results
Final report requirements
If you receive a grant, you must complete the project and submit a final report in Nova. See Terms and Conditions – receipt of OAC project grant funds for more information on reporting obligations.
In your final report, you will need to provide:
- a description of the project undertaken and its outcomes, including details on any minor or approved changes to what had been outlined in the application
- a 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 details on 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