Type of Program:



The program supports the research, development and realization of community-engaged arts projects in Ontario. Activities involve professional Ontario artists and community members working together to design, develop and realize collective creative experiences.

Comments on Funding:

There are 3 components to this program:

  1. 1
    Planning with a maximum funding of $7,500
  2. 2
    Project with a maximum funding of $12,500.
  3. 3
    Two-year project with a maximum funding of $20,000.

Up to $3,000 in additional funds are available in any category for mentorship costs of both mentees and mentors.

When It Ends:

Intake opens approximately two months before the deadline


April 21, 2022
October 20, 2022


Applicants must be:

  • professional artists, including co-applicants, who are Ontario residents;
  • ad hoc groups/collectives, based in Ontario, made up of at least 50 per cent professional artists who are Onatrio residents;
  • Ontario-based not-for-profit arts organizations and non-arts organizations;
  • school boards not partnered in OAC’s Artists in Residence (Education) program (for artist fees and travel expenses only);
  • schools run by First Nations or Indigenous education authorities.

Non-arts organizations, schools run by First Nations or Indigenous education authorities, and school boards must have an arts partner. Arts partners can be professional artists, arts collective, ad hoc arts groups, or arts organizations. Organizations applying as new applicants in the Arts Organizations in Communities and Schools: Operating program may apply only for projects taking place in their current fiscal year. 

Applications Steps:


Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system.
Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
Grant notification will be available approximately four and a half months after each deadline.

Documentation Needed:

The application must include:

  1. 1
    basic information about the project
  2. 2
    answers to the questions in the application: split into questions about artistic merit, impact and visibility.
  3. 3
    project budget
  4. 4
    artistic examples: documentation of the applicant's artistic and community work. If applicants do not have documentation of their community work, they must provide two letters of reference.
  5. 5
    support documents: résumés or bios for artists including mentees and other support specialists, letter(s) of confirmation from partners outlining their commitment and contributions to the project, or, for applications to the Planning category in early stages, letter(s) of intent from potential partner(s).

Other Things to Note:

There are three categories within this program:

  1. 1
    Planning: to help cover the costs of co-planning and co-design of the project between artists and communities
  2. 2
    Project: to help cover the costs of realizing a community-engaged arts project
  3. 3
    Two-year project: to help cover the costs of continuous multi-phased community-engaged arts project for two years. This category is available to community-engaged arts collectives and organizations that have received two or more OAC project grants through Community-Engaged Arts or Arts Education grant programs within the last five years.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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