Who is eligible?
Established, mid-career or emerging professional artists who:
- are 18 years or older
- are a current resident of the city of Ottawa and have lived in Ottawa for at least one year prior to the application deadline date, or are Algonquin Anishinabe and live within a 150 km radius of Ottawa
- have completed training in the artistic discipline for which they are applying; this can have been achieved through a combination of schooling, apprenticeship, mentorship or collaboration. This includes artists who are self-taught.
- are recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition, have a reasonable body of professional work, have a history of public presentation or publication, seek payment for their work and are dedicated to the independent practice of art in their chosen discipline
What is eligible?
Funding is awarded for the creation and independent production of a single new work in the following disciplines:
Dance – choreography and dance production*
Established performing artists may apply for a first-time choreographic work as an emerging creation artist.
English and French theatre – playwriting, script development (including dramaturgy), and theatre production*
Established performing artists may apply for a first time playwriting project as an emerging creation artist.
English and French literary arts – poetry, long and short fiction, non-fiction, spoken word, and storytelling
Independent film and video – screenwriting, script development, production, and post-production up to the answer print
Individuals who demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of work experience, after the completion of their training in the film industry sector (editor, tech crew, cinematographer, art director) may apply for the production of a first time independent film. Producers are not eligible to this fund.
Music – composing, songwriting, recording of a master of an artist’s work, and concert production*
Commissions may be eligible; please contact your Cultural Funding Officer to determine eligibility.
*Productions are Ottawa-based presentations of an artist’s own work. Presenters showcasing other artists’ work are not eligible to apply for funding.
Visual arts – painting, sculpture, installation, photography, drawing, mixed media, new media, performance and curatorial research and writing
What is not eligible?
- Projects that have been completed on or before the application deadline
- Projects submitted by managers or agents applying on behalf of an artist, ensemble, group or band
- Fundraising projects and initiatives
- Projects involving the manufacture and distribution of a product in multiple copies, such as producing copies of a CD or printing and publishing a book
- Self-promotion or marketing costs such as framing costs, catalogue production, album launches, etc.
- Works of art that are created primarily for commercial purposes
- Arts education/training projects
- Commissioned work (exception: music discipline)
- Documentation of art work
- Professional training or development
- Purchase of equipment, instruments, computers or software
- Presentations that occur outside the limits of the city of Ottawa, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation or Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation
- An applicant may receive funding from the City of Ottawa’s Creation and Production Fund no more than once within a period of two years.
- 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
- An applicant who has received City funding for a previous project must have completed the project and submitted a Final Report before reapplying. Subsequent applications will not be considered until the Final Report has been approved.
- 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.
Meeting all eligibility requirements does not guarantee funding.
Peer assessors will use the following assessment criteria to evaluate your request for funding.
Artistic merit (principal criterion)
- Strength of the proposed body of work and its relationship to previous work
- Strength of artistic vision and goals
- Artistic excellence and innovation
- Technical competence
- Access to your work by the local community
- Strength of involvement of other artists (where relevant)
- Contribution to the artistic discipline
- Viability of the project (realistic goals, appropriate planning)
- Effective budgeting
- Track record
Cultural funding results
All applicants will receive an email notification from the CFSU informing them of the results. We aim to provide results to all applicants within six months of the application deadline. We cannot share results over the phone.
All results are final. There is no appeal of peer assessors’ decisions regarding the merit of your proposed activities or the peer assessment committee’s recommendation of a funding amount. The CFSU allows for reconsideration, but only in cases where a review of the application and the committee’s deliberations reveals evidence that the application was not assessed according to the publicly-stated procedure and assessment criteria.
Please be advised that artistic feedback will not be provided to the applicant.
If you are not awarded funding
Try again! If you do not receive funding, you are encouraged to try again. The program’s limited envelope cannot fund all applicants, regardless of their merit.