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Youth in culture pilot program

Program Guidelines

Deadlines for application

  • March 16, 2020
  • The September deadline has been postponed to March 2021

One complete copy of the application must be emailed to

The application must be received by 4 p.m. on the deadline date. Applications received after a deadline date will be considered for the following deadline.

The Cultural Funding Support Unit aims to provide results to all applicants of this program within eight (8) weeks of the application deadline.

Program objectives

  • To support cultural development of youth aged 18-30 towards professional careers in arts, heritage or culture
  • To empower youth to identify needs and gaps in their career development, and to support initiatives that lead to or benefit the applicant’s career in arts, heritage or culture
  • To provide direct funding to eligible applicants (youth aged 18-30)
  • To support activities that address the priorities identified in the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa (2013 - 2018).

First time grant applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their projects.

The City will provide funding to successful projects to a maximum of $1,000

Grant writing assistance

Cultural Funding Officers are available to help you prepare your grant application in the following ways:

  • Meet with you, one-on-one, to discuss eligibility of your project, requirements of the program and answer any questions about the application and evaluation process
  • Review a draft version of your application prior to the deadline. Drafts can be emailed at any time up until Monday, March 2nd, 2020 directly to your funding officer and feedback will be provided by telephone within a week’s time

Funding priorities

Following the peer-assessment evaluations of submitted proposals, the Cultural Funding Support Section (CFSS) will look at prioritizing applications from the following Indigenous and equity-seeking communities:

  • Algonquin Anishinabe Host Nation
  • First Nations
  • Inuit
  • Métis
  • Francophones
  • Immigrants/Newcomers
  • People Living in Poverty
  • People of Colour
  • People with Visible and Invisible Disabilities
  • Deaf People
  • Rural Residents
  • Seniors/Older Adults
  • Women+
  • Youth


Who is eligible?

Eligible applicants must:

  • be between the ages of 18 and 30
  • be an Ottawa resident, or be Algonquin Anishinabe and living within 150 km radius of Ottawa

What is Eligible?

You must demonstrate that the proposed project furthers your professional career in the arts, heritage or cultural sectors.

This program is intended to provide you with an artist fee and/or cover project/living expenses relating to:

  • creation & production: research, creation, production, and presentation projects relating to arts, heritage, or culture
  • training: masterclasses, workshops, residencies and other training opportunities in the arts, heritage, cultural festival or agricultural fair sectors (including administration and/or management training)
  • mentorship: opportunities for youth to work with mentors within the arts, heritage, festivals and fairs sectors. Mentors include established cultural workers, professional artists, or elders/knowledge keepers

Examples of eligible projects

Creation projects:
  • To complete a series of paintings
  • To produce a play
  • To conduct genealogy and/or historical research
  • To create your traditional dance regalia
Training projects:
  • To cover expenses, including travel, related to taking a masterclass
  • To provide you with an artist/administrator fee during an unpaid internship with an arts, heritage, or cultural organization (including festivals)
  • To take a course in a First Nations, Inuit, or Metis language
Mentorship projects:
  • To receive mentorship from an elder in beadwork
  • To workshop with an established storyteller
  • To work with a recognized knowledge keeper on a language preservation project

Who is NOT eligible

  • organizations, including collectives
  • individuals who have received three or more grants from this program
  • City of Ottawa employees or elected representatives may not apply for individual cultural funding or awards. City of Ottawa staff are required to act in compliance with the City of Ottawa Employee Code of Conduct and all applicable laws and regulations

What is NOT eligible

  • projects that are not related to the arts, culture or heritage sectors
  • commercial initiatives, sales and commissions
  • projects that have been completed prior to the application deadline date
  • projects that are part of your school, college or university’s curriculum
  • fundraising initiatives
  • projects paid for entirely through other sources
  • projects that are eligible for funding under the City of Ottawa’s Creation and Production Fund for Professional Artists (for more information visit


  • an applicant may only submit one application at a time within this program
  • an applicant may only receive one funding allocation for the same activity

Meeting all eligibility requirements does not guarantee funding.

Assessment criteria

Applications are assessed according to the specific criteria listed below.


  • relevance of the proposed project as it relates to the applicant’s previous cultural experiences
  • strength of the goals and objectives
  • Clear intent to pursue a career in arts, heritage or culture


  • benefit to the applicant’s career development in arts, heritage or culture

Effective planning

  • Realistic goals and appropriate planning
  • Effective and appropriate budgeting


All funding recipients are required to submit a final report detailing how they used the funding awarded to them. This report must be submitted to and approved by the CFSS either:

  • following completion of the funded activities or
  • twelve months after receipt of the funds or
  • at the time of subsequent application to the program

Without a Report approved by the CFSS, you will be deemed ineligible for subsequent funding.

Application forms & contact information

Please note: You must download the form onto your computer and open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete. Any information added to the form through a web browser will be lost when the form is downloaded, printed, or saved.

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 with 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.

Youth in Culture Pilot Program Report form [ PDF - 166 KB ]

Please note: You must download the form onto your computer and open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete. Any information added to the form through a web browser will be lost when the form is downloaded, printed, or saved.

Contact Us

Mariella Montreuil :

General inquiries

For general information, technical issues, or to request an application form, contact