No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:



The program supports the ongoing operations of not-for-profit, professional visual arts organizations in Ontario.

The program’s priority is to support visual arts organizations and artist-run centers that demonstrate a consistent commitment to Ontario’s professional artists, including the payment of exhibition and other professional fees, and to their role in the visual arts and/or craft infrastructure and the region.

When It Ends:



March 3, 2022


Applicant must be/have:

  • Ontario-based, not-for-profit corporations, or national not-for-profit corporations with the head office in Ontario
  • at least $75,000 in total revenues for the last fiscal year, and in projected revenues for the current and requested years (for applicants not currently receiving funding from this program)
  • at least two years of sustained, regular, ongoing programming, as of the application date. If your organization does not meet this requirement, consider applying for project funding
  • a range of revenue sources
  • an active board of directors/governing body.

Artist-run centres and visual arts organizations must pay appropriate professional fees to artists. See current recommended fee schedules established by Canadian Artists Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) and by the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA). Artists’ travel and accommodation costs and per diems are not considered substitutes for artists’ fees to present/exhibit their work.

Additionaly, an incorporated not-for-profit organization must: 

  • be incorporated in Ontario or federally
  • have a head office in Ontario
  • be governed by a volunteer board of directors or an advisory board.

Additionally, a for-profit organization must:

  • be an Ontario-based, Canadian-owned book or magazine publisher eligible for funding in OAC’s publishing programs;
  • be incorporated in Ontario or federally;
  • have a head office in Ontario.

Applications Steps:


Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. Before applying, applicants must create or update their profile in Nova.

Documentation Needed:

The application must include:

  1. 1
    answers to the questions in the application: split into questions about artistic merit, impact and visibility;
  2. 2
    financial and statistical information submitted through Canadian Arts Data / Données sur les arts au Canada (CADAC);
  3. 3
    financial statements of the organization’s last completed year, uploaded to CADAC;
  4. 4
    artistic examples: images or video documentation of applicant organization’s exhibitions and programming, publications;
  5. 5
    supporting documents: publicity materials, catalogues, letters of reference.

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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