Northern Arts Projects

By mmuise

The Northern Arts Projects 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.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a grant of:
- up to a maximum of $15,000 for New Works;
- up to a maximum of $15,000 for Presentation;
- up to a maximum of $15,000 for Skills/Career Development;
- up to a maximum of $15,000 for Working with Community.

Deadline: Currently accepting applications

Applicants must be:

  • 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;
  • 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.
    Co-applicant individuals, ad hoc groups, collectives and organizations are eligible. If awarded, the grant is split equally between the two applicants.
Application Steps:

Applicants must complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. They will be able to do this approximately two months before the deadline.

Before applying, applicants must:

1. read the Guide to OAC Project Programs;

2. read the Guide to OAC Assessment; and

3. create or update your profile in Nova.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit completed application which includes:
1. basic information about the project;
2. their answers to application questions;
3. project budget;
4. artistic examples: audio or video documentation, writing examples, images; and
5. supporting documents: résumés or bios; organization’s history; letters of reference, confirmation or commitment; sample session/lesson plan; as appropriate.

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