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Major arts, cultural festivals, agricultural fairs programs

About the programs

Deadline for application

  • November 23, 2020

Major arts and cultural festivals program

Program objectives

  • To support major local arts and cultural festivals that attract audiences and that celebrate the artistic and creative expression of Ottawa’s artistic and cultural communities
  • To enhance the quality of life in Ottawa by providing opportunities for community participation, social interaction and cultural involvement
  • To build the capacity and increase the sustainability of the local arts and cultural festivals sectors

Major agricultural fairs program

Program objectives

  • To support major local agricultural fairs that attract audiences and that celebrate the distinct rural nature of their communities through their operations, community engagement and event activities.
  • To enhance the quality of life in Ottawa by providing opportunities for community participation, social interaction and cultural involvement
  • To build the capacity and increase the sustainability of the local fairs

Application form

Please contact Infoculture for more information.

Activity report on previous funding

If funding was previously received from the City of Ottawa, an activity report detailing how the funds were used must be submitted at the completion of the project, or attached to a subsequent application. Applicants who fail to provide an activity report on previous funding will not be eligible to apply for subsequent City of Ottawa funding.

Please contact Infoculture to request a report form.

Contact us

General inquiries

For general information, technical issues, or to request an application form, contact infoculture@ottawa.ca.

Program inquiries

For specific information on your submission, or to discuss eligibility, contact:

Adrija Kličius
Arts and Cultural festivals

Marlène Barré
Agricultural fairs

Direct deposit information

Please be advised that the City of Ottawa’s Financial Services Unit is moving to the use of an automated Direct Deposit system solely in providing all payments, including Cultural Funding allocations.

If you have not already registered your organization’s banking information, please complete the Direct Deposit Form. PDF opens in a new tab or window and mail it with a physical original voided cheque or a physical original encoded deposit slip, or a physical original letter from the vendor's bank to the following address:

City of Ottawa
Accounts Payable, PO Box 3426 Stn D
Ottawa ON K1P 0B9

No photocopies will be accepted. Questions may be directed to Accounts Payable at 613.580.2424 extension 27888 or by email to vendormaster@ottawa.ca mailbox.

How to submit support material

Support material is an essential part of your application and plays a vital role in the jury’s assessment. Include examples that relate most closely to the proposed project. 

Support material must be submitted via links. You may NOT include any support material as attachments to your email submission. You can submit your support material one of three ways:

  1. Submitting support material through a file hosting platform, such as Google Drive, Onedrive or DropBox: Create one folder of your application that includes all supporting documents required: artistic samples, CVs, board list, financials, and promotional material. You must grant us permission to edit and download the files so that we may retrieve them. Include the link and description of your items on the support material pages in the application.
  2. Submitting support material using a file transfer service, such as WeTransfer: If you do not want to upload your support material to a file hosting platform, you can send your application documents using WeTransfer. Create one folder for your application on your desktop. Include all supporting documents required, including artistic examples, CVs, board list, financials, and promotional material. Insert infoculture@ottawa.ca as the recipient. WeTransfer will allow you to select this folder from your computer and send it directly to us, regardless of the size.
  3. Submitting audio and video files through YouTube, Vimeo, soundcloud, bandcamp, etc. links. Include the links to your audio or video recordings on the support material page in the application.

For all submissions:

  • Include your name on each file and folder.  
  • Make sure we have a description of what we are looking at on the material support page.
  • Adhere to the program’s limits on submitting support material. If the supporting documents provided exceed program application limits, assessors will be instructed to restrict their review time.
  • The total time allotted to review all audio and video files in jury cannot exceed 7 minutes per application. Please select your recordings with this time constraint in mind. 
  • Accepted file formats:
    • Text-based documents: PDF
    • Images: .jpg or .png
    • Audio files: .mp3
    • Video files: .mpeg, .mp4 or .wmv
  • All files must be compatible with Windows OS. QuickTime files are not accepted (.mov or .aiff) .
  • Mailed submissions are not accepted. 
  • Test all electronic materials to ensure readability and quality.
  • Please note that the City of Ottawa is not liable for files saved to any of the above mentioned platforms.