Ontario Arts Council - Arts Response Initiative: Project Grants for Individuals

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Funding & grants
Individual artists & artist educators
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 1:00pm


The program supports individual Ontario-based professional artists to continue to work and participate in the arts community in the context of COVID-19. It welcomes practical solutions to current challenges and also encourages exploration, adaptation and the development of new ways of working that will help to increase the resilience of Ontario’s arts sector. Projects must be in response to the challenges resulting from the pandemic. Projects can include activities that assist artists in the short, medium and long term.

Deadline dates

October 20, 2020, 1 p.m. ET

  • Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Grant notification will be available no later than four months after the deadline.

Important: This program does not provide juror comments or feedback to applicants, whether successful or unsuccessful.

Grant amount(s)

  • Individuals: $4,000

Eligible applicants

  • professional artists and curators/programmers who are Ontario residents who are eligible in at least one other OAC project program (see definition of professional artist in the Guide to OAC Project Programs)
  • Elders and language/knowledge keepers who are engaged in an artistic practice and are Ontario residents

Important: Individuals cannot apply on behalf of an ad hoc group/collective or organization.

This program funds

The program supports a range of activities that may prepare applicants to carry out their current and future creation, production, presentation and school- and community-based arts engagement projects in an environment of change. This program also supports activities that explore ways to reach presenters, audiences and markets for visibility and/or income opportunities. Projects can also assist applicants to address public health and safety concerns.