Ontario Arts Council Grants: Funding Guide for Business Owners

This guide covers current Ontario Arts Council (OAC) grants, and other funding programs, forOntario entrepreneurs.

This is our dedicated “hub” page for OAC funding programs. We’ll continuously update this page to reflect changes in programs – so bookmark this page and check back often for updates!

OAC Mandate

The mandate of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is to foster the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians.

The arts are essential to the quality of life, cultural identity, social well-being and economic prosperity of Ontario. Access to and participation in the arts enhances lives, fosters creativity and innovation, and strengthens communities. OAC is committed to ensuring equitable access for everyone, with particular emphasis on the following six priority groups, and the organizations that serve them and the public:

  • Artists of colour,
  • Deaf artists and artists with disabilities,
  • Francophone artists,
  • Indigenous artists,
  • New generation artists (18-30 years old),
  • Artists living in regions outside Toronto.

OAC envisions an Ontario where:

  • People of all ages and communities experience, feel connected to and value the arts.
  • The arts sector is resilient and healthy.
  • Ontario artists and arts organizations are recognized locally, nationally and internationally for their work.
  • The arts reflect the diversity of stories of all of Ontario’s people and communities.

OAC Priorities

OAC’s priorities include:

  • Supporting the creation, production, and presentation of vital art in Ontario,
  • Funding of grants and services that increase skills and capacity in the arts sector,
  • Encouraging more public participation in and appreciation of the arts,
  • Continuously improving in fostering a vital and sustainable arts sector.

You can learn about OAC’s priorities by reading its 2021-22 Business Plan.

Types of Funding OAC Offers

OAC offers financial incentives, including grants and more.
OAC provides operating grant programs and project grant programs.

OAC Funding Programs

OAC offers programs that fall under the following categories:

  • Creating and Presenting, and
  • Building Audiences and Markets.

Below are links to OAC’s grants under each category:

  • Creating and Presenting
  • Building Audiences and Markets

Eligible applicants for any grant can also apply for the Accessibility Fund: Project Support. The program provides supplementary funds to Deaf- and disability-identifying project grant recipients to help them remove barriers to accessibility they may face while completing their OAC-funded project.

OAC Contact

OAC Head Office:

Ontario Arts Council
121 Bloor Street East, 7th Floor
Toronto, ON M4W 3M5

Phone: 416-961-1660 | 1-800-387-0058 (toll-free in Ontario)

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