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Ontario Arts Council Theatre Project Grants

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The program supports professional theatrical exploration, creation, development, production and presentation, regardless of theatrical tradition, as well as initiatives that benefit the Ontario professional theatre community.

There are five categories:

  • Creation: contribution to the artistic fees of initial exploration and development of a theatrical project or idea, for research, exploration and experimentation.
  • Creation in Residence: contribution to the artistic fee for a residence, with a professional not-for-profit Ontario theatre company, in playwriting or other methods of creation.
  • Development Workshops: contribution to the costs of a workshops or similar development projects; some form of public presentation is necessary.
  • Productions: contribution to the costs of single productions, including shared-production models.
  • Festivals/Theatre Initiatives: contribution to the costs of festivals, or the costs of artists or arts professionals participating in activities and initiatives that significantly benefit the professional theatre community at large and are not related to a single production, including presentations, series, conferences and other public forums, community professional development, administrative collaborations, and other activities with a community impact.

The program gives a higher priority to Canadian work.

Projects can happen in any language except French, although applications must be submitted in English.

Deadline Dates

February 1 and August 1, 2018 1 p.m. ET

Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
Grant notification will be available approximately four months after each deadline.
Grant amount(s)

Creation: maximum $5,000
Creation in Residence: maximum $10,000
Development Workshops: maximum $15,000
Productions: maximum $20,000
Festivals/Theatre Initiatives: maximum $15,000
Important: Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.
Recent changes

The first deadline has changed.
Eligible applicants

professional theatre artists who are residents of Ontario with a permanent physical address in Ontario
ad hoc groups/collectives composed of a majority of Ontario residents
not-for-profit organizations based in Ontario that produce or present professional theatre
organizations must have a permanent physical address in Ontario
Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.

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