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Cultural funding

About City of Ottawa Cultural Funding

Ottawa is a vibrant, cultural capital city with a unique identity and a colourful history – a dynamic place in which to live, work, and play. The local arts, heritage, and culture scenes reflect, in both official languages, the vitality of Ottawa’s communities: exceptional homegrown festivals, fairs, and events; emerging and established artists in all disciplines, diverse cultures, historic rural communities and landscapes; and engaging street culture. In 2012, City Council approved the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa, a six-year strategy (2013-2018) that recommended strategic actions and investments to make local cultural organizations more sustainable, thus attracting talent, tourists, and business. “Culture plays a central role in cities, contributing positively to economic indicators, social cohesion measures, environmental initiatives, quality of life, prosperity, happiness, and health.”[1] 

The City of Ottawa values the contribution that local not-for-profit cultural organizations, professional artists and heritage workers make to our community; and annually invests in arts, heritage, and culture through its 18 Cultural Funding and Awards Programs. These programs are managed by the Cultural Funding Support Section and use a peer assessment model in the evaluation process, involving professionals who are active within their cultural community. This Council-approved process is a nationally-accepted best practice and is credible to the arts, heritage, and cultural communities.

2017 Cultural Funding Support Section Values

The Cultural Funding Support Section:

  • assists independent, local, not-for-profit organizations, as well as professional artists and heritage professionals in the presentation of arts and heritage events and activities that reflect a broad representation of communities within Ottawa
  • supports cultural activity that is inclusive of Ottawa’s diverse community, including people from a diversity of ancestries, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, incomes, languages, races and sexual orientations
  • The City of Ottawa is built on unceded Algonquin Anishinabe territory. The Cultural Funding Support Section honours the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation as host nation. 
  • Applicants reflecting Ottawa’s diversity, as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis are welcome and encouraged
  • The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges, and therefore accepts applications in both English and French.

[1] A Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa  (2013-2018)

2016 100% Municipally funded grants and contributions financial information and notice

Notice 

For the following grants and contributions, the amounts listed in this section represent actual grants and contributions disbursed in 2016 by the Corporation of the City of Ottawa, under Section 107 of the Municipal Act. The recipients listed in this section are the organizations or aggregate groupings of private households / individuals who received the funds directly from the City of Ottawa, without the City receiving goods or services in return. The administration of grant and contribution programs funded wholly by the City is governed by the corporate Grants and Contributions Policy.

The information reported may differ from information reported elsewhere on ottawa.ca or to Committee and Council for the following reasons:

  • Certain programs report allocations when they are approved.
  • Final payments to recipients could differ.
  • Certain programs combine municipal grants and contributions with other types of funding when reporting their activity.
  • Certain recipients listed are sponsors who redistribute the funds to other organizations or private households / individuals.
  • Payments made in 2016 may relate to a program that occurred in a prior year, and likewise, payments related to a 2016 program could occur in a future year.
  • Negative amounts represent funds returned to the City in 2016.Recipient names appear as provided and may appear in English, French or in a Bilingual format.

Financial information does not include the following:

  • Purchases of service, which are conditional payments for services delivered by non-governmental organizations for services that are part of a City program, or for which the City has some other form of direct responsibility.
  • Federal and Provincial programs, where money flows through the City of Ottawa.
  • Goods in kind, services, assets and subsidies provided by the City that are not associated with funding programs.

2016 Cultural Funding

 

2015 Cultural Funding Summary Report

Through its Cultural Funding and Awards Programs, the City of Ottawa annually supports the creation, production and presentation of arts, festival, fair and heritage activities undertaken by individuals and not-for-profit professional organizations, as well as, community and amateur groups. The wide range of programs funded by the City creates opportunities for awareness and appreciation of the arts and culture in our community for everyone.

Please consult the 2015 Summary of Cultural Funding for details.

2014 Cultural Funding Summary Report

Through its Cultural Funding and Awards Programs, the City of Ottawa annually supports the creation, production and presentation of arts, festival, fair and heritage activities undertaken by individuals and not-for-profit professional organizations, as well as, community and amateur groups. The wide range of programs funded by the City creates opportunities for awareness and appreciation of the arts and culture in our community for everyone.

Please consult the 2014 Summary of Cultural Funding [PDF - 251K] for details.

2013 Cultural Funding Summary Report

Through its Cultural Funding and Awards Programs, the City of Ottawa annually supports the creation, production and presentation of arts, festival, fair and heritage activities undertaken by individuals and not-for-profit professional organizations, as well as, community and amateur groups. The wide range of programs funded by the City creates opportunities for awareness and appreciation of the arts and culture in our community for everyone.

The City of Ottawa's Cultural Funding and Awards Programs are assessed through a peer review process. Professionals representing specific disciplines and other individuals who are knowledgeable and active in the arts, heritage, festivals or fairs communities are involved in the assessment of applications and allocation of funds.

In 2013, the Cultural Funding Support Section managed 496 funding and awards submissions, held 31 juries and used 5 independent assessors, that resulted in 309 funding allocations.

Please consult the 2013 Summary of Cultural Funding [PDF - 335K] for details.

2012 Cultural Funding Summary Report

Through its Cultural Funding and Awards Programs, the City of Ottawa annually supports the creation, production and presentation of arts, festival, fair and heritage activities undertaken by individuals and not-for-profit professional organizations, as well as, community and amateur groups. The wide range of programs funded by the City creates opportunities for awareness and appreciation of the arts and culture in our community for everyone.

Direct funding to cultural organizations is the most cost-effective way to ensure the delivery of quality cultural activities to the community.  Annual income/expense studies of the local, non-profit cultural sector from 2006 to 2010 show the direct leveraging effect of one municipal dollar of investment to be in the range of $6.28 to $11.70.[1]

“Culture plays a central role in cities, contributing positively to economic indicators, social cohesion measures, environmental initiatives, quality-of-life, prosperity, happiness and health. International capital cities consistently increase their attention to culture, ensuring that local and national culture are supported and employed to market and attract visitors, businesses and new residents.”[2]

In 2006, Ottawa was home to 4,600 artists or 0.9% of the local labour force - slightly higher than the provincial and national averages at 0.8% each. The national capital was also home to 22,500 cultural workers or 4.7% of the total labour force, which was greater than the Canadian average (3.3%) for that year.[3]

The City of Ottawa’s Cultural Funding and Awards Programs are generally assessed through a peer review process. Professionals representing specific disciplines and other individuals who are knowledgeable and active in the arts, heritage, festivals or fairs communities are involved in the assessment of applications and allocation of funds.

In 2012, the Cultural Funding Unit managed 451 funding and awards submissions,  held 30 juries and used 3 independent assessors, that resulted in 276 funding allocations. 

Cultural Funding Programs 

The City of Ottawa’s Cultural Funding Unit is responsible for

the following funding and awards programs:

Funding

Arts Funding Program

The Arts Funding Program addresses the important need for Ottawa residents and visitors to have access to valuable arts programs and services. 

Types of funding include:

  • Project Funding
    • Operating Funding (Annual and Three-Year)
    • Funding to Individual Professional Artists (A and B level)

**2012 was a reporting year for these organizations as they are in the second year of a Three-year funding cycle.

Please note that these organizations were not evaluated by the juries or assessors listed in this report. 

Amateur Arts Organizations 

English Theatre

Jury Members: Sue Fowler-Dacey, Carol Hussey, Kathi Langston

Project Funding

Amount

Youth Infringement Theatre Festival

$3,800
Annual funding Amount
Ottawa Little Theatre $15,200

Film and Video

Jury Members: Kelly Anne Beaton, Steev Morgan, Leuten Rojas

Project Funding

Amount

Digi60 Film Festival Inc.

$5,000

French Theatre

Jury Members: Jennifer Boyes-Manseau, Marie-Thé Morin, Natalie Joy Quesnel

Project Funding

Amount

Théâtre du Village Orléans Inc.

$2,000

Théâtre Tremplin

$1,000

Music

Jury Members: Patricia Abbott, Bruce Nicol, Barbara Zuchowicz

Project Funding

Amount

Canadian Showtime Chorus

$3,000

Capital Chordettes Incorporated

$1,500

Harmonia Choir of Ottawa

$2,500

Seventeen Voyces

$2,000

Strings of St. John's Chamber Orchestra

$3,500

Tone Cluster

$4,000

Annual Funding

Amount

Carleton University Choir

$1,500

Les Chansonniers d'Ottawa

$4,000

Three Year Funding

Amount

Canadian Centennial Choir **

$8,160

Cantata Singers of Ottawa **

$18,360

Coro Vivo Ottawa **

$6,120

Kiwanis Music Festival **

$32,640

Visual Arts

Jury Members: Anna Frlan, Judi Miller, Marc Walter

Project Funding

Amount

ARTEAST

$5,000

Chinatown Remixed Collective

$4,000

Crichton Cultural Community Centre

$13,500

Three Year Funding

Amount

Ottawa Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild **

$15,300

 Professional Arts Organizations 

Arts Education & Arts Training – Multidisciplinary 

Jury Members: Hannah Beach, Megan Lafrenière, Sarah McVie

Project Funding

Amount

School of the Photographic Arts : Ottawa

$6,000

Annual Funding

Amount

Gloucester Pottery School

$57,000

One World Arts

$14,000

Propeller Dance

$22,000

Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre

$11,500

Salamander Theatre

$36,500

Three Year Funding

Amount

Orleans Young Players Theatre School **

$50,490

The Ottawa School of Speech and Drama **

$66,300

The School of Dance **

$91,80

Arts Education & Arts Training – Music 

Jury Members: Brian Boychuk, Sara Brooks, Emmanuelle Zeesman

Project Funding

Amount

Ottawa Suzuki Strings

$1,500

Annual Funding

Amount

JazzWorks

$9,000

Leading Note Foundation

$22,000

National Capital Suzuki School of Music

$9,500

Ottawa Children's Choir

$12,000

Ottawa Regional Youth Choir

$4,500

Three Year Funding

Amount

Baobab Tree Drum Dance Community **

$19,890

Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy **

$14,406.50

 Arts Services & Arts Venues

Jury Members: Shahla Bahrami, Jacqueline Pelletier, Dominique Saint-Pierre

Project Funding

Amount

Alliance culturelle de l'Ontario

$3,000

Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM)

$3,000

Bureau artistique et culturel afro-canadien

$3,000

Les Prix Rideau Awards

$4,000

Réseau Ontario des arts de la scène

$10,000

Théâtre Action

$7,000

Annual Funding

Amount

Association des auteures et auteurs de l’Ontario français (AAOF)

$39,000

Three Year Funding

Amount

Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO)

$116,000

Dance

Jury Members: Nova Bhattacharya, Esther América Caron, Alain Pauzé

Project Funding

Amount

Aroha Fine Arts

$4,000

Dusk Dances Ottawa

$6,500

Upasana the Spirit of Dance

$2,500

Annual Funding

Amount

Al-Arz Lebanese Art Group

$14,000

Ottawa Dance Directive

$49,000

Tara Luz Danse

$41,000

 English Theatre

Jury Members: Ian Farthing, Janet Irwin, Laurel Smith 

Project Funding

Amount

Bear & Co.

$3,600

Evolution Theatre

$10,000

Mi Casa Theatre

$5,000

New Theatre of Ottawa

$14,000

Plosive Productions

$5,000

Theatre 4.669

$4,000

Ottawa Stilt Union

$4,000

Ottawa Theatre Network

$1,400

Third Wall Theatre Company

$15,000

Three Year Funding

Amount

A Company of Fools **

$34,170

Odyssey Theatre **

$86,700

Film and Video

Jury Members: Kelly Anne Beaton, Steev Morgan, Leuten Rojas

Project Funding

Amount

Asinabka: Aboriginal Film and Media Arts Festival

$1,500

Three Year Funding

Amount

Independent Filmmakers of Ottawa (IFCO) **

$55,080

SAW Video Association **

$89,760

French Theatre

Jury Members: Jennifer Boyes-Manseau, Marie-Thé Morin, Natalie Joy Quesnel

Project Funding

Amount

Groupe des deux

$9,000

Théâtre Belvédère

$10,000

Annual Funding

Amount

Créations in Vivo

$16,000

Three Year Funding

Amount

Compagnie Vox Théâtre **

$64,260

Théâtre de la Vieille 17 **

$85,680

Le Théâtre du Trillium **

$84,660

Théâtre la Catapulte **

$83,640

Literary Arts – English 

Jury Members: Grant Wilkins, Thea Yateman, Steve Zytveld

Project Funding

Amount

A B Series

$7,400

Bywords

$5,800

Capital Poetry Collective

$4,200

VERSe Ottawa

$7,500

Annual Funding

Amount

Tree Reading Series

$6,900

Three Year Funding

Amount

ARC Poetry Society: National Poetry Magazine **

$33,660

Ottawa Storytellers **

$18,360

Literary Arts – French

Jury Members: Lise Careau, Daniel Castillo Durante, Michel Thérien 

Project Funding

Amount

L'Atelier littéraire des Outaouais

$300

Les Contes Nomades

$6,000

 

Annual Funding

Amount

Les Éditions du Vermillon

$19,000

Three Year Funding

Amount

Les Éditions David **

$37,740

Les Éditions L’Interligne **

$35,416.50

Music

Jury Members: Chris Dearlove, Sandra Graham, Michael Zaugg

Project Funding

Amount

Autumn Melody Collective

$2,500

Capital Brassworks

$5,000

Consort baroque d'Ottawa

$3,000

Ottawa New Music Creators

$5,000

Royal Canadian College of Organists, Ottawa Centre

$2,800

The Chamber Players of Canada

$10,000

Annual Funding

Amount

Opera Lyra Ottawa

$216,100

Ottawa Bach Choir

$11,000

Three Year Funding

Amount

Ottawa Choral Society **

$30,013.50

Ottawa Symphony Orchestra **

$87,720

Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra **

$36,016

Visual Arts

Jury Members: Anna Frlan, Marie Hélène Giguère, Marc Walter

Independent assessor : Deborah Margo

Project Funding

Amount

Blink Collective

$4,000

Bravo-Est – Nuit Blanche Ottawa

$9,000

X Ottawa Photography Festival

$4,000

Enriched Bread Artists of Ottawa

$8,000

Three Year Funding

Amount

Artengine **

$60,180

Gallery 101 **

$76,834.50

Le Centre d'artistes Voix Visuelle **

$15,300

SAW Gallery **

$81,600

Individual Professional Artists 

English Theatre 

Jury Members: Janet Irwin. Ian Farthing, Laurel Smith

B Grant

Amount

Luna Allison

$4,000

Lawrence Aronovitch

$4,000

Nicholas Di Gaetano

$4,000

Film and Video

Jury Members: Kelly Anne Beaton, Steev Morgan, Leuten Rojas

A Grant

Amount

Pixie Cram

$5,500

Paul Gordon

$5,500

Nena Toth

$5,500

B Grant

Amount

Craig Allen Conoley

$4,000

Irina Lyubchenko

$4,000

French Theatre

Jury Members: Jennifer Boyes-Manseau, Marie-Thé Morin, Natalie Joy Quesnel

B Grant

Amount

Guy Marsan

$4,000

Literary Arts – English Poetry & Spoken Word

Jury Members: Henry Beissel, Catherine Kidd, Armand Ruffo

A Grant
Amount

Nadine McInnis

$5,500

Colin Morton

$5,500
B Grant
Amount

Amanda Earl

$4,000

Ben Ladouceur

$4,000

Stephen Newell

$4,000

Craig Poile

$4,000

Literary Arts – English Prose

Jury Members: Mary Borsky, Alan Cumyn, Brian McKillop

A Grant
Amount

Tim Cook

$5,500

Heather Menzies

$5,500

Ian Roy

$5,500

Andrew Steinmetz

$5,500

Nicola Vulpe

$5,500
B Grant
Amount

Rhonda Douglas

$4,000

Shawna Wagman

$4,000

Literary Arts – French  

Jury Members: Lise Careau, Daniel Castillo Durante, Michel Thérien

A Grant

Amount

Danièle Vallée

$5,500

Music

Jury Members: Claudia Cashin-Mack, Frank Koller, Ian Tamblyn

A Grant

Amount

Michael John Dubue

$5,500

Said Musfiq Hashimi

$5,500

Megan Jerome

$5,500

Caroline Leonardelli

$5,500

Dr. Kelly-Marie Murphy

$5,500

B Grant

Amount

Nathanael Larochette

$4,000

Rory Magill

$4,000

Craig Pedersen

$4,000

Catriona Sturton

$4,000

Renée Yoxon

$4,000

Visual Arts

Jury Members: Raymond Aubin, Ola Wlusek, Jinny Yu

A Grant

Amount

Karina Bergmans

$5,500

Tony Fouhse

$5,500

Cheryl Pagurek

$5,500

Cindy Stelmackowich

$5,500

Laura Taler

$5,500

B Grant

Amount

Magida El-Kassis

$4,000

Bing He

$4,000

Karina Kraenzle

$4,000

Natasha Mazurka

$4,000

Christine Mockett

$4,000

Theo Pelmus

$4,000

Amy A. Thompson

$4,000

Tavi Weisz

$4,000

Diversity In The Arts 

Ottawa has a unique cultural identity and is home to a diversity of people and communities. In 2007, City Council approved funds to establish a program that contributes to the artistic activity in distinct and diverse communities.

This fund supports both professional and amateur arts organizations which represent Ottawa’s culturally diverse communities in the production and presentation of artistic activities and events. 

**2012 was a reporting year for these organizations as they are in the second year of a Three-year funding cycle.

Please note that these organizations were not evaluated by the juries or assessors listed in this report.

Jury Members: Maria Gomez Umana, Rachel James, Aki Watanabe

Independent Assessor: Christine Tremblay 

Project Funding

Amount

Caribbean Nations Canada Organization

$3,000

Federation of Ottawa Chinese-Canadian Community Organizations

$5,500

Gharana Arts

$10,000

Latin American Festival Latino

$9,000

Loyal Kigabiro

$5,500

Ottawa Chinese-Canadian Heritage Centre

$2,000

Svitanok Ukrainian Dance Society

$3,000

Three Year Funding

Amount

Oto-Wa Taiko **

 $13,260

Arts Service Agreement Program 

The Arts Service Agreement Program is designed to address the needs of Ottawa’s arts service organizations that assist the City in building and maintaining a solid infrastructure of arts services and facilities.

The services and activities of these organizations have had a major impact on the development of the broader local arts community. Funding to these organizations remains an important part of the recommended strategies and actions highlighted in the City’s Renewed Action Plan – For Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa (2013-2018)

2012 was a reporting year for organizations who received Three Year Operating Funding. 

*Annual organizations were assessed by an Independent Assessor.

 *Independent Assessor: Jocelyne Harvey

Annual Funding

Amount

Great Canadian Theatre Company *

$370,967

Three Year Funding

Amount

AOE - Arts Council

$240,094

Council for the Arts in Ottawa

$140,463

La Nouvelle Scène

$193,575

Ottawa School of Art *

$351,228

MASC

$60,527

The Ottawa Art Gallery

$291,130

The City of Ottawa’s Arts Court building facility operating model is a shared arrangement between the City and local arts partners working together to provide professional arts programs and services. 

Organization

Amount

Ottawa Arts Court Foundation *

In 2012, City Council approved funding for the management of the Arts Court theatre while OACF investigated ways to restructure.

$182,267

Ottawa Fringe Festival

One time start-up funding for the management of the Arts Court theatre.

$11,000

Council for the Arts in Ottawa

One time funding was provided for specific components of the Arts Court Redevelopment initiative.

$7,796

Heritage Funding Program

The objectives of the Heritage Funding Program are to spark, support and promote activity in all heritage disciplines related to fostering awareness and appreciation of the distinct local history and heritage of Ottawa and its communities. 

Types of funding include:

  • Funding to Historical Societies
  • Project Funding

Historical Societies

Organization

Amount

Cumberland Township Historical Society

$1,000

Gloucester Historical Society

$2,300

Goulbourn Township Historical Society

$3,000

Historical Society of Ottawa

$1,500

Huntley Township Historical Society

$1,500

Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum

$2,000

Rideau Township Historical Society

$2,500

Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l’histoire d’Orléans

$2,000

Heritage Projects

Jury Members: Leslie Maitland, Louise-Anne Laroche, Paule Doucet

Individual

Amount

Andrew Waldron

$5,000

Hagit Hadaya

$3,450

Mike Artelle

$3,000

Terence M. Currie

$1,000

Organization

Amount

Conseil économique & social d’Ottawa-Carleton

$4,000

Dickinson Square Heritage Management Inc.

$2,000

Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair Organizing Committee

 $3,500

Poets Pathway

    $3,000

Rideau Township Historical Society - Dickinson House Committee

    $6,000

Rockliffe Park Residents Association – Heritage Committee

$1,102

Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l'histoire d'Orléans

    $8,150

The Beechwood Cemetery Foundation

    $2,500

Vintage Stock Theatre

    $4,000

Workers History Museum / Musée de l’histoire ouvrière

  $1,500

Community Museum Service Agreement Program 

The Community Museum Service Agreement Program supports community museums and provides them with the resources necessary to enhance capacity and to improve facilities, research, programming, exhibits, publications and visitor services in support of telling the Greater Ottawa Story. 

Organization

Amount

Bytown Museum

$314,900

Diefenbunker, Canada's Cold War Museum

$241,964

Goulbourn Museum

$173,736

Muséoparc Vanier Museopark

$198,469

Nepean Museum and Fairfields House

$408,923

Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum

$159,638

Watson's Mill Manotick Inc.

$193,135

Heritage Service Organization Service Agreement Program

The Heritage Service Organization Service Agreement Program supports key local heritage service organizations that have a city-wide mandate to provide a broad range of professional services such as advocacy, networking, access to information, research, marketing and education.  

Organization

Amount

Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa (CHOO/COPO)

$163,392

Heritage Ottawa

$14,448

Ottawa Museum Network

$293,477

Partnership Program For Major Festivals & Fairs 

The Partnership Program for Major Festivals and Fairs supports major local festivals and fairs that have city-wide impact, are held annually for two consecutive days or more

and have a budget of over $30,000. 

Festivals and Fairs enrich the lives of residents and visitors alike through the presentation of a wide variety of activities that increase understanding and appreciation of the unique character of our community.  Festivals and Fairs celebrate our cultural heritage, and shine a spotlight on contemporary artists and art forms. 

Arts Festivals

Music Festivals Jury: Aïda Aoun, Adrian Cho, André Massicotte

Multidisciplinary Festivals Jury: Doug McArthur, Peter Ryan, Anne Troise

Project Funding

Amount

Carnival of Cultures

$19,000

Music and Beyond Performing Arts

$59,000

Ottawa Fringe Festival

$45,500

Annual Funding

Amount

Canada Dance Festival

$60,000

Festival franco-ontarien (2006) Inc.

$108,378

Oneness-World Communications - Ottawa International Writers’ Festival

$51,000

Ottawa Folk Festival

$84,000

Westfest

$20,500

Three Year Funding

Amount

Canadian Film Institute – Ottawa International Animation Festival

$58,500

Ottawa Chamber Music Society

$143,400

Ottawa International Children's Festival

$83,500

Ottawa Jazz Festival

$130,400

Fairs

Jury Members: Donna Cooper, Andrew Simms, Bert Vedder

Annual Funding

Amount

Carp Agricultural Society – Carp Fair

$27,500

Cumberland Township Agricultural Society – Navan Fair

$27,500

Metcalfe Agricultural Society – Metcalfe Fair

$27,500

Richmond Agricultural Society – Richmond Fair

$27,500

Community Builder or Cultural Heritage Festivals

Jury Members: Sharon Fernandez, Jacques Murigande, Kevin Waghorn

Project Funding

Amount

Aboriginal Experiences – Summer Solstice Arts Festival

$32,500

Canadian Turkish Heritage Foundation – Ottawa Turkish Festival

$10,000

Capital Vélo Fest Inc.

$5,000

House of PainT – Festival of Urban Arts & Culture

$12,000

Irish Society of the National Capital Region – Irish Week

$4,000

Kombite Outaouais – Haïti en fête

$5,500

Orléans Festival d’Orléans

$7,000

Osgoode Village Association – Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival

$10,000

Settimana Italiana – Italian Week

$24,000

Annual Funding

Amount

Pride Committee Ottawa-Gatineau - Pride Week

$30,000

Tourism Festivals

Jury Members: Stéphane Brochu, Caron Fitzpatrick, Joe Pavia

Project Funding

Amount

Canadian Tulip Festival

$75,000

Ottawa Fashion Week

$10,000

Rideau Canal Festival

$10,000

Annual Funding

Amount

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

$50,000

Ottawa Bluesfest

$100,000

Festival Service Agreement Program 

The Festival Service Agreement Program is designed to address the particular needs of local organizations that assist the City in building a solid infrastructure of services to cultural organizations.  

The services and activities of Ottawa Festivals have a major impact on the development of the broader local festival, fair and special event communities, and contribute significantly to the overall growth and development of this sector in Ottawa. 

Three Year Operating

Amount

Ottawa Festivals d’Ottawa

$199,295

Firestone Collection Of Canadian Art Management Agreement 

Originally established by Ottawa residents O.J. and Isobel Firestone in the early 1950s, the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art is a significant collection of works that spans the modern period (1900-1980). 

In 1972, the Firestone family donated their collection to the Ontario Heritage Foundation.  

In 1992, the Foundation transferred ownership of this collection to the City of Ottawa with custodianship given to the Ottawa Art Gallery.   

The Ottawa Art Gallery receives a grant each year to care for, manage and exhibit the City-owned Firestone Collection of Canadian Art. 

Organization

Amount

The Ottawa Art Gallery

$88,343

Rural Arts Initiative 

The Rural Arts Initiative supports artistic activity in rural areas. MASC, a longstanding community organization, has been awarded funding towards its existing Rural Arts Initiative program. Funding has resulted in increased arts programming in both French and English rural schools, and rural arts residencies. 

Organization

Amount

MASC

$25,000

Cultural Facilities Fund 

The Cultural Facilities Fund supports improvements to cultural facilities and venues in Ottawa by providing matching funds to eligible cultural organizations for facility renovation projects, equipment purchases or capital feasibility studies. 

Jury Members: Rachel Crête, Guillaume Houët, Amanda Putz 

Organization

Amount

Artengine

$2,350

Bytown Museum

$5,750

Cumberland Township Agricultural Society – Navan Fair

$2,000

Gallery 101

$2,604

Independent Filmmakers of Ottawa Inc. (IFCO)

$7,000

La Nouvelle Scène

$6,500

Les Éditions L’Interligne

$3,161

Loyal Kigabiro

$6,520

Ottawa Bluesfest

$6,500

Ottawa Festivals D’Ottawa

$3,000

Ottawa Children’s Festival de la jeunesse

$6,500

Ottawa Jazz Festival

$5,400

Ottawa School of Art

$4,000

Pinhey’s Point Foundation

$2,580

SAW Video Association

$6,500

Enriched Bread Artists of Ottawa

$3,660

The School of Dance

$3,975

Watson’s Mill Manotick

$7,000

Capacity Building Fund

The Capacity Building Fund is aimed at assisting organizations to build organizational sustainability. The fund supports initiatives that increase capacity in fundraising, governance, marketing, and strategic planning.  

The Capacity Building Fund is currently under review. In 2012, an interim process was implemented that focused on strengthening the capacity of organizations undertaking major cultural facility development projects of $1million or more. 

Jury Members: Tony Pan, Melissa Rombout, Anne Troise

Organization

Amount

La Nouvelle Scène

$20,000

Ottawa Art Gallery

$20,000

Ottawa Bluesfest

$20,000

SAW Video Association

$20,000
 

Awards 

Ottawa Book Awards / Prix du livre d’Ottawa 

The Ottawa Book Awards / Prix du livre d’Ottawa recognize published books of literary excellence written by local authors. Since its introduction in 1986, the award program has succeeded in shining a light on the local writing community and celebrating its accomplishments. 

English Fiction

Jury Members: Phil Hall, Kate Jaimet, Claire Holden Rothman

Author

Award

Winner

Jamieson Findlay

$7,500

Finalists

Alan Cumyn

$1,000

Elizabeth Hay

$1,000

Frances Itani

$1,000

Shane Rhodes

$1,000

English Non-Fiction

Jury Members: Tim Cook, Valerie Knowles, Susan Lightstone

Author

Award

Winner

Ruth B. Phillips

$7,500

Finalists

Damien-Claude Bélanger

$1,000

Murray Brewster

$1,000

Robert R. Fowler

$1,000

Craig Oliver

$1,000

French Fiction

Jury Members: Lysette Brochu, Jean Mohsen Fahmy, Stefan Psenak

Author

Award

Winner

Estelle Beauchamp

$7,500

Finalists

Andrée Christensen

$1,000

Maurice Henrie

$1,000

Alain Bernard Marchand

$1,000

Monia Mazigh

$1,000

Karsh Award 

Ottawa City Council established the Karsh Award in 2003 to honour the late photographers, Yousuf and Malak Karsh. 

The award is presented every other year to a local professional artist for outstanding work in a photo-based medium. 

Jury Members: Martha Hanna, Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Melissa Rombout

Winner

Award

Rosalie Favell

$7,500

Endowment

Rich Little Endowment Fund For The Performing Arts 

The Rich Little Endowment Fund was designed to assist young performers in the continuation of pre-professional training in the performing arts (dance, theatre and music). 

In 2012, four local arts training organizations with solid track records of providing pre-professional arts training to young adults were invited to act as third-party recommenders in a partnership approach to award funding. Each organization selected two to three deserving students to receive grants through the Rich Little Endowment Fund.  

Organization

Amount

Ottawa Regional Youth Choir

$800

Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy

$600

The Ottawa School of Speech and Drama

$1,200

The School of Dance

$1,200

[1] Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, City of Ottawa, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and  2010 Revenue/Income Studies

[2] A Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa  (2013-2018)

[3] Mapping Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada’s Large Cities, Hill Strategies Inc., 2010

2011 Cultural Funding Summary Report

Through its Cultural Funding and Awards Programs, the City of Ottawa annually supports the creation, production and presentation of arts, festivals, fairs and heritage activities undertaken by individuals and not-for-profit professional organizations, community and amateur groups.  The wide range of programs funded by the City creates opportunities for awareness and appreciation of the arts and culture in our community for everyone.

Cultural Funding and Awards Programs are generally assessed through a peer review process that engages professionals representing specific disciplines and other individuals who are knowledgeable and active in the arts, heritage, festivals or fairs community in the assessment of applications and allocation of funds.

In 2011, the Cultural Funding Unit managed 471 funding and awards submissions and held 28 juries that resulted in 282 funding allocations.

Arts Funding Program

The Arts Funding Program addresses the important need for Ottawa residents and visitors to have access to valuable arts programs and services.  Direct funding to cultural organizations is the most cost-effective way to ensure the delivery of quality arts activities to the community.

Types of funding include:

  • Project Funding
  • Operating Funding (Annual and Three Year) 
  • Funding to Individual Professional Artists (A and B level)

Amateur Arts Organizations 

English Theatre

Jury Members: Heather Jamieson, Barry Karp, Lara MacIver
 

Project funding Amount
Youth Infringement Theatre Festival  $3,500
Annual funding Amount
Ottawa Little Theatre $11,500
Film and Video

Jury Members: Izabel Barsive, Sabrina Mathews, David Poole
 

Project funding Amount
Digi60 Film Festivals Inc. $3,500
French Theatre 

Jury Members: Steve Arnold, Tibor Egervari, Lisa L'Heureux
 

Project funding Amount
Théâtre du Village Orléans Inc. $5,000
Théâtre Tremplin $6,000
Multidisciplinary Events

Jury Members: Nathanael Larochette, Wendy Hartley, Marie-Camille Lalande
 

Project funding Amount
Crichton Cultural Community Centre $17,500
Guerilla Magazine  $1,000
House of PainT Collective $5,000
Music

Jury Members: Brigitte Amyot, Margaret Cook, Doreen Taylor-Claxton
 

Project funding Amount
Capital Vox Jazz Choir $1,000
Harmonia Choir of Ottawa $2,000
Kanata Haven Youth Centre $2,000
Ottawa Classical Choir $1,000
Podium 2012 Ottawa $8,000
Strings of St. John's Chamber Orchestra $3,500
Tone Cluster $3,000
Annual funding Amount
Carleton University Choir $2,500
Les Chansonniers d'Ottawa $2,500
Musica Viva Singers of Ottawa $3,750
Three year funding Amount
Canadian Centennial Choir $8,000
Cantata Singers of Ottawa $18,000
Coro Vivo Ottawa Inc. $6,000
Kiwanis Music Festival $32,000
Visual Arts

Jury Members: Karen Goetzinger, Lynda Hall, Mary Tsai-Davies
 

Project funding Amount
ARTEAST $3,000
Chinatown Remixed Collective $5,000
Labyrinth Collaborations $1,000
Three year funding Amount
Ottawa Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild $15,

Professional Arts Organizations


Arts Education and Training - Multidisciplinary 

Jury Members: Dale Taylor, Laurie Koensgen, Sonia Lismer
 

Project funding Amount
Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre $10,000
The School of the Photographic Arts : Ottawa $4,500
Annual funding Amount
Gloucester Pottery School $52,500
One World Arts $11,000
Propeller Dance $19,500
Salamander Theatre for Young Audiences $33,000
Three year funding Amount
Orléans Young Players Theatre School $49,500
The Ottawa School of Speech and Drama $65,000
The School of Dance $90,000
Arts Education and Training - Music

Jury Members: Donna Klimoska, Kirsten Carlson, Laura Nerenberg
 

Annual funding Amount
JazzWorks $9,000
Leading Note Foundation $17,500
National Capital Suzuki School of Music $10,000
Ottawa Children's Choir $12,000
Ottawa Regional Youth Choir $5,000
Three year funding Amount
Baobab Tree Drum Dance Community $19,500
Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy $14,124
Arts Services / Venues

Jury Members: Natalie Bernardin, Suzanne Lambert, Marie-Hélène Leblanc
 

Project funding Amount
Les Prix Rideau Awards $4,000
Réseau Ontario des arts de la scène inc. $15,000
Théâtre Action $5,000
Annual funding Amount
L’Association des auteures et auteurs de l’Ontario français (AAOF) $37,000
Dance

Jury Members: Hannah Beach, Tony Chong, Bageshree Vaze
Independent Assessor: Andrea Rowe
 

Project funding Amount
Dusk Dances Ottawa $6,000
Upasana the Spirit of Dance  $4,000
Annual funding Amount
Ottawa Dance Directive $45,000
Tara Luz Danse $49,000
English Theatre

Jury Members: Lynn Cox, Graham Cuthbertson, Laurel Smith
 

Project funding Amount
Canadian Theatre Festival Society $6,500
Evolution Theatre $7,500
Gruppo Rubato $4,000
Mi Casa Theatre  $5,000
New Theatre of Ottawa $6,500
Plosive Production $5,000
SubDevision $5,000
The Ottawa Stilt Union $4,000
The Ottawa Theatre Network $2,000
Third Wall Theatre Company $21,500
Three year funding Amount
A Company of Fools Inc. $33,500
Odyssey Theatre $85,000
Film and Video

Jury Members: Izabel Barsive, Sabrina Mathews, David Poole
 

Three year funding Amount
Independent Filmmakers of Ottawa Inc. (IFCO) $54,000
SAW Video Association $88,000
French Theatre

Jury Members: Steve Arnold, Tibor Egervari, Lisa L'Heureux
 

Project funding Amount
Théâtre Belvédère $9,000
Annual funding Amount
Créations in Vivo $20,000
Three year funding Amount
Compagnie Vox Théâtre $63,000
Le Théâtre de la Vieille 17 $84,000
Le Théâtre du Trillium $83,000
Théâtre la Catapulte $82,00
Literary Arts - English

Jury Members: Susan McMaster, Marcus McCann, Randall Ware
 

Project funding Amount
A B Series $6,500
Bywords $4,900
Capital Poetry Collective $4,400
Tree Reading Series $6,500
VERSe Ottawa $6,500
Three year funding Amount
ARC: Poetry Society $33,000
Ottawa Storytellers $18,000
Literary Arts - French 

Jury Members: Michel Lavoie, Jacques Gauthier, Jean-Marc Barrette
 

Project funding Amount
Les Contes Nomades $7,000
Annual funding Amount
Les Éditions du Vermillon $24,000
Three year funding Amount 
Les Éditions David $37,000
Les Éditions L’Interligne $34,722
Music

Jury Members: Jill LaForty, Robin Moir, Nicole Presentey 
 

Project funding Amount
Capital Brassworks $5,000
Consort baroque d'Ottawa $4,300
Ottawa Jazz Orchestra $5,000
Ottawa New Music Creators $5,000
Royal Canadian College of Organists, Ottawa Centre $3,200
Annual funding Amount
Opera Lyra Ottawa $211,860
Ottawa Bach Choir $11,000
Three year funding Amount
Ottawa Choral Society $29,425
Ottawa Symphony Orchestra $86,000
Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra $35,310
Visual Arts

Jury Members: Marie-Anne Breton, Deborah Margo, Lee-Anne Martin
 

Project funding Amount
Blink Collective $1,500
Three year funding Amount
Artengine $59,000
Gallery 101 $75,328
Le Centre d'artistes Voix Visuelle $15,000
SAW Gallery $80,00

Individual Professional Artists


Dance

Jury Members: Hannah Beach, Tony Chong, Bageshree Vaze
 

A Grant Amount
Anjali Patil $5,500
English Theatre 

Jury Members: Lynn Cox, Graham Cuthbertson, Laurel Smith
 

A Grant Amount
Janet Irwin $5,500
B Grant Amount
Kris Joseph Lizuck $4,000
Brad Long $4,000
Kate Smith $4,000
Film and Video

Jury Members: Izabel Barsive, Sabrina Mathews, David Poole
 

A Grant Amount
Penny McCann $5,500
B Grant Amount
Sara Gold $4,000
John Graham $4,000
Andrea Megan Turnbull $4,000
Vera Wabegijig $4,000
French Theatre

Jury Members: Steve Arnold, Tibor Egervari, Lisa L'Heureux
 

B Grant Amount
Élise Gauthier  $4,000
Literary Arts - English Poetry

Jury Members: Michelle Desbarats, Angela Carr, Kevin Matthews
 

A Grant Amount
David O'Meara $5,500
Shane Rhodes $5,500
B Grant Amount
Sergio Guerra $4,000
Brenda Leifso $4,000
Sandra Ridley $4,000
Mark Robertson $4,000
Deanna Young $4,000
Literary Arts - English Prose

 Jury Members: Elisabeth Harvor, Monique Polak, Richard Taylor
 

A Grant Amount
Charlotte Gray $5,500
Christian McPherson $5,500
Sandra Nicholls $5,500
B Grant Amount
Anita Dolman $4,000
Kim Kilpatrick $4,000
Scott Randall $4,000
Kathleen Wilker $4,000
Literary Arts - French

Jury Members: Michel Lavoie, Jacques Gauthier, Jean-Marc Barrette
 

A Grant Amount
Michel A. Thérien $5,500
Music

Jury Members: Dr. Maya Badian, Lynn Miles, Mike Tremblay
 

A Grant Amount
John Armstrong $5,500
Michel Bénac $5,500
James Bryson $5,500
Roddy Ellias $5,500
John Geggie $5,500
Jan Jarvlepp $5,500
Rolf Klausener $5,500
Maria Knapik-Sztramko $5,500
Rachel Laurin $5,500
Ralitsa Tcholakova $5,500
B Grant Amount
Dave Halabisky $4,000
Peter Hum $4,000
Erin Felepchuk $4,000
David Norris $4,000
Shannon Rose $4,000
Catriona Sturton $4,000
Visual Arts

Jury Members: Rosalie Favell, Andrew Morrow, Jean-François Lacombe
 

A Grant Amount
Anna Frlan $5,500
Dipna Horra $5,500
Ralph Nevins $5,500
Cheryl Pagurek $5,500
Christos Pantieras $5,500
Uta Riccius $5,500
Michael Schreier $5,500
Cindy Stelmackowich $5,500
Howie Tsui $5,500
Justin Wonnacott $5,500
B Grant Amount
Caleb Abbott $4,000
Alli Asudeh $4,000
Melanie Authier $4,000
Martin Golland $4,000
Jonathan Hobin $4,000
Yvonne Wiegers $4,00

Diversity in the Arts

Ethno-cultural performing arts and multi-disciplinary events

In 2007, City Council approved funds to establish a program that supports artistic activity in distinct and diverse communities.

Jury Members: June Joe, Trina Mathers-Simard, Yvon Sogolo
Independent Assessor: Richard Lebel
 

Project funding Amount
Centre africain d'accueil de developpement et d'intégration (CAADI) $4,000
Deshantari of Ottawa-Carleton $1,800
Federation of Ottawa Chinese-Canadian Community Organizations $5,850
Ghanaian Languages and Culture Association $1,000
Indigenous Culture and Media Innovations $7,200
Indigenous Media Collective $6,300
Latin American Festival Latinoamericano $8,400
Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society $5,400
Ontario South Asian Community Association $7,000
Svitanok Ukrainian Dance Society $7,200
Vietnamese Canadian Centre $2,000
Three year funding Amount
Oto-Wa Taiko $13,000

Arts Service Agreement Program

The Arts Service Agreement Program is designed to address the particular needs of Ottawa’s arts service organizations that assist the City in building and maintaining a solid infrastructure of arts services and facilities.

The arts service organizations participating in this program are key community partners who deliver on the strategic directions outlined in the Ottawa 20/20 Arts Plan.  The services and activities of these organizations have had a major impact on the development of the broader local arts community, and continue to do so through support from the City of Ottawa.

Independent Assessors: Micheline Chevrier, Pauline Conley, Patricia Grattan, Jocelyne Harvey, Francois Lachapelle, Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Victoria Steele, Dale Taylor
 

Annual funding Amount
Great Canadian Theatre Company  $363,693
Ottawa Arts Court Foundation $183,023
Ottawa School of Art $344,341
Three year funding Amount
Arts Ottawa East $235,386
Council for the Arts in Ottawa $137,709
La Nouvelle Scène $189,779
MASC $58,850
The Ottawa Art Gallery $285,422

Heritage Funding Program

The objectives of the Heritage Funding Program are to spark, support and promote activity in all heritage disciplines related to fostering awareness and appreciation of the distinct local history and heritage of Ottawa and its communities. 

Types of funding include:

  • Funding to Historical Societies
  • Project Funding

Historical Societies

Organization Amount
Cumberland Township Historical Society $1,000
Gloucester Township Historical Society $2,500
Goulbourn Township Historical Society $3,000
Historical Society of Ottawa  $1,500
Huntley Township Historical Society $3,000
Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum $3,000
Rideau Township Historical Society $2,500

Heritage Projects

Jury Members: Dave Bullock, Jean-Yves Pelletier, Mike Steinhauer
 

Organization Amount
Cumberland Lions Club $4,500
Goulbourn Township Historical Society $1,500
Just Kiddin' Theatre $6,500
Ontario Archaeological Society, Ottawa Chapter $4,500
Osgoode Township Historical Society $1,500
Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair Organizing Committee $3,000
Poets Pathway $4,500
Rideau Township Historical Society - Dickenson House Committee $5,400
Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l'histoire d'Orléans (SFOPHO) $4,375
The Beechwood Cemetery Foundation $2,599
Vintage Stock Theatre $4,000
Workers History Institute $1,50

Community Museum Service Agreement Program

The Community Museum Service Agreement Program supports community museums and provides them with the resources necessary to enhance capacity and to improve facilities, research, programming, exhibits, publications and visitor services in support of telling the Greater Ottawa Story.
 

Organization Amount
Bytown Museum $308,726
Diefenbunker, Canada's Cold War Museum $237,220
Goulbourn Museum $170,330
Muséoparc Vanier Museopark $194,578
Nepean Museum $402,474
Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum $135,693
Watson's Mill Manotick Inc. $189,349

Heritage Service Organization Service Agreement Program

The Heritage Service Organization Service Agreement Program supports key local heritage service organizations that have a city-wide mandate to provide a broad range of professional services such as advocacy, networking, access to information, research, marketing and education.  This program was designed to support the implementation of the Council approved Arts and Heritage Plan and Museum Sustainability Plan.

Independent Assessor: Susan McLeod-O’Reilly
 

Organization Amount
Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa (CHOO/COPO) $161,208
Heritage Ottawa $14,204
Ottawa Museum Network $289,723

Partnership Program for Major Festivals & Fairs

The Partnership Program for Major Festivals and Fairs supports local festivals and fairs that have city-wide impact, are held annually for two consecutive days or more and have a budget of over $30,000.

Festivals and fairs enrich the lives of residents and visitors alike through the presentation of a wide variety of activities that increase understanding and appreciation of the unique character of our community.  Festivals and fairs celebrate our cultural heritage, and shine a spotlight on contemporary artists and art forms.

Arts Festivals

Cultural Identity Festivals Jury: Audrey Keedy, Louise Michaud, Simone Saint-Pierre
Multidisciplinary Festivals Jury: Gail Anglin, Shainna Laviolette, Amanda Putz
 

Project funding Amount
Carnival of Cultures $18,500
Kombite Outaouais - Haïti en fête $11,500
Music and Beyond Performing Arts $59,000
Ottawa Fringe Festival $44,000
Annual funding Amount
Canada Dance Festival Society $65,000
Festival franco-ontarien (2006) inc. $108,378
Oneness-World Communications - Ottawa International Writers’ Festival $49,000
Ottawa Folk Festival $84,000
Ottawa International Children's Festival $77,000
Westfest $20,000
Three year funding Amount
Ottawa Chamber Music Society $141,400
Ottawa International Animation Festival $56,206
Ottawa Jazz Festival $127,260

Fairs

Jury Members: David Bullock, Tony Baas, Donna Cooper
 

Annual funding Amount
Carp Agricultural Society $30,000
Cumberland Township Agricultural Society $24,500
Metcalfe Agricultural Society $26,000
Richmond Agricultural Societ $29,500

Community Builder or Cultural Heritage Festivals

Jury Members: Chris White, Leanne L'Hirondelle, John Rapp
 

Project funding Amount
Aboriginal Experiences - Summer Solstice Arts Festival $30,000
Canadian Turkish Heritage Foundation - Ottawa Turkish Festival $12,000
Irish Society of the National Capital Region - Irish Week $4,000
Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival $10,000
Settimana Italiana - Italian Week $24,000
Annual funding Amount
Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival $26,000
Pride Committee Ottawa-Gatineau - Pride Week $29,000

Tourism Festivals

Jury Members: Stephen Daze, Caron Fitzpatrick, Anne Troise
 

Project funding Amount
Rideau Canal Festival $13,000
Annual funding Amount
Canadian Tulip Festival $137,000
Ottawa Bluesfest $77,0

Festival Service Agreement Program

The Festival Service Agreement Program is designed to address the particular needs of local organizations that assist the City in building a solid infrastructure of services to cultural organizations.  The services and activities of Ottawa Festivals have a major impact on the development of the broader local festival, fair and special event community, and contribute significantly to the overall growth and development of this sector in Ottawa.

Independent Assessors: Joe Pavia, Marie-Jeanne Musiol 
 

Three year operating Amount
Ottawa Festivals $195,388

Firestone Collection of Canadian Art Management Agreement

Originally established by Ottawa residents O.J. and Isobel Firestone in the early 1950s, the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art is a significant collection of works that spans the modern period (1900-1980).  In 1972, the Firestone family donated their collection to the Ontario Heritage Foundation.  In 1992, the Foundation transferred ownership of this collection to the City of Ottawa with custodianship given to the Ottawa Art Gallery.  The Ottawa Art Gallery receives a grant each year to care for, manage and exhibit the City-owned Firestone Collection of Canadian Art. 
 

Organization Amount
The Ottawa Art Gallery $86,611

Rural Arts Initiative

The 2011 Rural Arts Funding Initiative supports artistic activity in rural areas.  MASC, a longstanding community organization, has been awarded funding towards its existing Rural Arts Initiative program.  Funding has resulted in increased arts programming in both French and English rural schools, and rural arts residencies.  
 

Organization Amount
MASC $25,000

Cultural Facilities Fund

The Cultural Facilities Fund supports improvements to cultural facilities and venues in Ottawa by providing matching funds to eligible cultural organizations for facility renovation projects, equipment purchases or capital feasibility studies.

Jury Members: Mark Delorme, Laurie Koensgen, Henriette Riegel
 

Organization Amount
Artengine $3,750
Carp Agricultural Society $5,000
Créations In Vivo $3,750
Gloucester Pottery School $4,331
Independent Filmmakers of Ottawa Inc. (IFCO) $6,500
La Nouvelle Scène $6,500
Muséoparc Vanier Museopark $650
Orléans Young Players Theatre School $1,400
Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum $4,000
Ottawa Arts Court Foundation $7,000
Ottawa Jazz Festival $6,000
Ottawa Little Theatre $6,000
SAW Video Association $3,000
The Ottawa School of Speech and Drama $2,489
Tree Reading Series $585

Arts Capacity Building Fund

The Arts Capacity Building Fund is aimed at assisting organizations to build organizational sustainability.  The fund supports initiatives that increase capacity in fundraising, governance, marketing, and strategic planning.  Municipal funding must be 50 percent matched from a new or expanded revenue source.

Jury Members: Meg Hamilton, Michèle Matteau, David Poole 
 

Organization Amount
Festival franco-ontarien (2006) inc. $6,000
La Nouvelle Scène $10,000
Le Théâtre du Trillium $9,789
Ottawa Chamber Music Society $9,789
Ottawa International Animation Festival $8,000
Ottawa International Children's Festival $7,500
Ottawa Jazz Festival $9,789
Ottawa School of Art $3,150
Propeller Dance $10,500
SAW Video Association $6,000
The Ottawa Art Gallery $12,000
The School of Dance $8,000

Shenkman Arts Centre Start-up Funding

The Shenkman Start-up Funding supports the City’s arts partner organizations for increased responsibilities related to service provision and programming that resulted from their move to the new municipal arts centre.
 

Organization Amount
Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO) $25,000

Ottawa Book Awards / Prix du livre d’Ottawa

The Ottawa Book Awards / Prix du livre d’Ottawa recognize published books of literary excellence written by local authors.  Since its introduction in 1986, the award program has succeeded in shining a light on the local writing community and celebrating its accomplishments.

English Fiction

Jury Members: Lori Weber, Blaine Marchand, Ian Roy
 

 Author Amount
Winner  -  Eric Enno Tamm $7,500
Finalist  -  Tim Cook $1,000
Finalist  -  Charlotte Gray $1,000
Finalist  -  Roy MacGregor $1,000
Finalist  -  Lawrence Martin $1,000

English Non-fiction

Jury Members: John Geddes, Kerry Pither, Sarah Jennings
 

Author Amount
Winner  -  Gabriella Goliger $7,500
Finalist  -  Elisabeth Harvor $1,000
Finalist  -  Sandra Ridley $1,000
Finalist  -  Dean Steadman $1,000
Finalist  -  Max Turner $1,000

French Non-fiction

Jury Members: Patricia Smart, Anne Trépanier, Yves Frenette
 

Author Amount
Winner  -  Lucie Joubert $7,500
Finalist  -  Nicole V. Champeau $1,000
Finalist  -  Daniel Poliquin $1,000

Karsh Award

Ottawa City Council established the Karsh Award in 2003 to honour the late photographers, Yousuf and Malak Karsh.  The award is presented every other year to a local professional artist for outstanding work in a photo-based medium.  The next award is in 2012. 

Rich Little Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts

The Rich Little Endowment Fund was designed to assist young performers in the continuation of pre-professional training in the performing arts (dance, theatre and music).

In 2011, four local arts training organizations with solid track records of providing pre-professional arts training to young adults were invited to act as third-party recommenders in a partnership approach to award funding.  Each organization selected two to three deserving students to receive grants through the Rich Little Endowment Fund.
 

Organization Amount
Ottawa Regional Youth Choir $800
Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy $600
The Ottawa School of Speech and Drama $1,200
The School of Dance $1,200

2010 Cultural Funding Summary Report

Through its Cultural Funding and Awards programs, the City of Ottawa annually supports the creation, production and presentation of arts, festivals, fairs and heritage activities undertaken by individuals, professional organizations, community and amateur groups. The wide range of programs funded by the City creates opportunities for awareness and appreciation of the arts and culture in our community for everyone.

The Cultural Funding and Awards Programs are generally assessed through a peer review process. Professionals representing specific disciplines and other individuals who are knowledgeable and active in the arts, heritage, festivals or fairs community are involved in the peer review.

In 2010, the Cultural Funding Unit managed 460 funding and awards submissions and held 29 juries that resulted in 298 funding allocations being awarded.

The Cultural Funding Unit is responsible for the following funding and awards programs:

Arts Funding Recipients

The Arts Funding Program addresses the important need for Ottawa residents and visitors to have access to valuable arts programs and services. Direct funding to not-for-profit cultural organizations is the most cost-effective way to ensure the delivery of quality arts activities to the community. All applicants are evaluated through a peer review process, using the publicly articulated, Council-approved evaluation criteria.

Types of funding include: (1) Project Funding, (2) Operating Funding (which includes Three-Year and Annual), (3) Funding to Individual Professional Artists (which includes A and B level grants)

**Note: In 2010, organizations receiving Three-Year Operating Funding are currently in their final reporting year of the three-year funding cycle. These organizations were not assessed by the juries listed below.

Amateur Arts

English Theatre

Project Funding

Amount

Savoy Society of Ottawa

$3,000

Jury Members: Kate Hurman, Bruce Bissonnette, Victoria Steele

Amateur Arts – French Theatre

Project Funding

Amount

Théâtre Tremplin

$5,000

Jury Members: Dominique Lafon, Marc-André Charette, Natalie Joy Quesnel

Music

Project Funding

Amount

Bytown Beat Chorus

$1,250

Capital Chordettes Inc.

$1,000

Musica Viva Singers

$3,750

Sons of Scotland Pipe Band

$1,500

Strings of St. John's Chamber Orchestra

$3,500

Tone Cluster

$3,000

Annual Funding

Amount

Canadian Centennial Choir

$7,500

Carleton University Choir

$3,000

Les Chansonniers d’Ottawa

$4,500

University of Ottawa Choir

$2,000

Three Year Funding**

Amount

Coro Vivo Ottawa

$5,885

Kiwanis Music Festival – National Capital Region

$28,837

Jury Members: Jury Members: Garth Hampson, Karen Holmes, Frances Macdonnell

Multidisciplinary Events

Project Funding

Amount

Crichton Cultural Community Centre (Lumière Festival)

$19,000

Hintonburg Community Association, Arts Committee

$4,000

House of PainT

$5,000

Labyrinth Collaboration

$4,000

Jury Members: Barbara Gamble, Audrey Churgin, David O’Meara

Visual Arts
Project Funding Amount
Arteast

$5,000

Chinatown Remix

$5,000

Crichton Cultural Community Centre (Corridor Gallery)

$3,300

Annual Funding

Amount

Ottawa Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild

$12,000

Jury Members: Barbara Gamble, Audrey Churgin, Mike Steinhauer

Professional Arts Organizations

Dance

Project Funding

Amount

10 Gates Dancing Inc.

$6,000

Aroha Fine Arts

$6,000

Cultural Horizons

$1,000

Ottawa Choreographic Centre

$26,000

Propeller Dance

$15,000

Annual Funding

Amount

Tara Luz Dance

$46,000

Three Year Funding **

Amount

Al Arz Lebanese Art Group

$28,248

Jury Members: Joanna de Souza, Andrea Rowe, Lisa Hebert

Film and Video

Project Funding

Amount

Available Light Screening Collective

$6,000

Three Year Funding **

Amount

Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa (IFCO)

$54,142

SAW Video Association

$83,781

Jury Members: Phil Caron, Robert Rooney, Véronique Couillard

Literary Arts - English
Project Funding

Amount

A B Series

$4,800

Bywords

$4,699

Canadian Festival of Spoken Word

$7,500

Capital Poetry Collective

$2,800

Maple Tree Literary Supplement

$500

Tree Reading Series

$6,500

Annual Funding

Amount

Ottawa Storytellers

$16,000

Three Year Funding**

Amount

ARC: Poetry Society

$32,100

Jury Members: Sandra Ridley, Kathryn Hunt, Alan Cumyn

Literary Arts - French

Project Funding

Amount

Les Contes Nomades

$6,000

L’Atelier littéraire des Outaouais

$200

Annual Funding

Amount

Les Éditions David

$31,000

Three Year Funding **

Amount

Les Éditions l’Interligne

$34,722

Les Éditions du Vermillon

$26,750

Jury Members: Ed Garnier, Margaret Michèle Cook, Monique Ostiguy

Music

Project Funding

Amount

Autumn Melody Collective

$4,500

Capital BrassWorks

$5,000

Chamber Players of Canada

$4,000

Consort baroque d’Ottawa

$4,100

Ottawa Pocket Opera

$4,000

Royal Canadian College of Organists

$3,000

Seventeen Voyces

$3.500

Three Year Funding **

Amount

Cantata Singers of Ottawa

$20,009

Opera Lyra Ottawa

$211,860

Ottawa Choral Society

$29,425

Ottawa Symphony Orchestra

$84,744

Thirteen Strings Chamber Music Orchestra

$35,310

Jury Members: Kevin James, Wendy Robbins, Donna Klimoska

Theatre – English

Project Funding

Amount

Evolution Theatre

$8,500

Deluxe Hot Sauce

$5,000

Ditto Productions

$5,500

Mi Casa Theatre

$5,000

Ottawa Stilt Union

$4,000

Sleeping Dog Theatre

$7,500

Annual Funding

Amount

Third Wall Theatre Company

$24,000

Three Year Funding **

Amount

A Company of Fools

$32,100

Odyssey Theatre

$84,744

Jury Members: Kate Hurman, Bruce Bissonnette, Victoria Steele

Theatre - French

Project Funding

Amount

Groupe des deux

$4,000

Annual Funding

Amount

Création in Vivo

$16,000

Three Year Funding **

Amount

Compagnie Vox Théâtre

$58,850

Théâtre de la Vieille 17

$90,629

Théâtre du Trillium

$88,275

Théâtre la Catapulte

$80,036

Jury Members: Dominique Lafon, Marc-André Charette, Natalie Joy Quesnel

Visual Arts

Project Funding

Amount

Blink

$1,500

X Ottawa Photography Festival

$5,000

Annual Funding

Amount

Le Centre d’artistes Voix Visuelle

$15,000

Three Year Funding **

Amount

Artengine

$57,673

Galerie SAW Gallery

$79,426

Gallery 101

$75,328

Jury Members: Eric Chan, Emily Falvey, Penny Cousineau-Levine

Arts Education & Arts Training – Multidisciplinary

Project Funding

Amount

Ottawa Little Theatre

$4,000

Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre

$8,000

Just Kiddin Theatre

$4,000

Trans Art Collective

$2,350

Annual Funding

Amount

Gloucester Pottery School

$42,000

World Inter-Action Mondiale

$14,000

Three Year Funding **

Amount

MASC

$58,850

Orleans Young Players Theatrical School

$23,540

Ottawa School of Speech and Drama

$53,500

Salamander Theatre for Young Audiences

$36,487

The School of Dance

$87,098

Jury Members: Katherine Stauble, Jennifer Cayley, Maureen Smith

Arts Education & Arts Training – Music

Annual Funding

Amount

Jazzworks

$8,000

National Capital Suzuki School of Music

$10,000

Ottawa Children’s Choir

$12,000

Ottawa Regional Youth Choir

$5,000

Leading Note Foundation

$15,000

Three Year Funding **

Amount

Baobab Tree Drum Dance Community

$18,190

Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy

$14,124

Jury Members: Victor Nesrallah, David MacAdam, Laura Nerenberg

Arts Services – French Multidisciplinary

Annual Funding

Amount

L’Association des auteures et auteurs de l’Ontario français (AAOF)

$35,000

Project Funding

Amount

L’Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM)

$5,000

Société artistique rhythm ‘n’ zouk

$7,000

Réseau Ontario des arts de la scène inc.

$15,000

Les Prix Rideau Awards

$4,000

Jury Members: Chantal Rodier, Guy Thibodeau, Shahla Bahrami

Individual Arts Grants

Dance

Individual Funding – A Grant

Amount

Anjali Patil

$5,500

Juliana Pulford

$5,500

Kai Whitcomb

$5,500

Individual Funding – B Grant

Amount

Erika Mills

$4,000

Maria Sabaye Moghaddam

$4,000

Jury Members: Merrilee Hodgins, Joanna de Souza, Kathy Armstrong

Film and Video

Individual Funding – A Grant

Amount

Izabel Barsive

$5,500

Sharon Katz

$5,500

Michael Ostroff

$5,500

Brian Singleton

$5,500

Individual Funding – B Grant

Amount

Pixie Cram

$4,000

John Graham

$4,000

Roger Wilson

$4,000

Jury Members: Phil Caron, Robert Rooney, Véronique Couillard

Literary Arts – English Prose

Individual Funding – A Grant

Amount

Rachna Gilmore

$5,500

Elisabeth Harvor

$5,500

Ian Roy

$5,500

Alan Cumyn

$5,500

Andrew Steinmetz

$5,500

Individual Funding – B Grant

Amount

S. Lesley Buxton

$4,000

Jury Members: Rhonda Douglas, Michael Blouin, Gabriella Goliger

Literary Arts – English Poetry

Individual Funding – A Grant

Amount

jw curry

$5,500

Ian Keteku

$5,500

Rob McLennan

$5,500

Colin Morton

$5,500

Individual Funding – B Grant

Amount

Luna Allison

$4,000

Nathanael Larochette

$4,000

Christine McNair

$4,000

Mark Robertson

$4,000

Jury Members: Rhonda Douglas, Michael Blouin, Mehdi Hamdad

Literary Arts – French

Individual Funding – A Grant

Amount

Maurice Henrie

$5,500

Gilles Lacombe

$5,500

Michel A. Therien

$5,500

Jury Members: Ed Garnier, Margaret Michèle Cook, Monique Ostiguy

Music

Individual Funding – A Grant

Amount

Nenad Duplancic

$5,500

Wayne Eagles

$5,500

Roddy Ellias

$5,500

Steven Gellman

$5,500

Megan Jerome

$5,500

Patrick Johnson

$5,500

Colin Mack

$5,500

Mel M’rabet

$5,500

Kelly-Marie Murphy

$5,500

Kuljit Sodhi

$5,500

Kurt Walther

$5,500

Individual Funding – B Grant

Amount

Gareth Auden-Hole

$4,000

Allan Gauthier

$4,000

Mehdi Hamdad

$4,000

Kyrie Kristmanson

$4,000

Rory Magill

$4,000

Jason Redmond

$4,000

Bernard Stepien

$4,000

Jill Zmud

$4,000

Jury Members: Phil Jenkins, Don Wallace, John Armstrong

Theatre - English

Individual Funding – A Grant

Amount

Kevin Orr

$5,500

Individual Funding – B Grant

Amount

Denise Chong

$4,000

Emily Pearlman

$4,000

Jury Members: Kate Hurman, Bruce Bissonnette, Victoria Steele

Visual Arts

Individual Funding – A Grant

Amount

Rosalie Favell

$5,500

nichola feldman-kiss

$5,500

Tony Fouhse

$5,500

Adrian Göllner

$5,500

Deborah Margo

$5,500

Individual Funding – B Grant

Amount

Kate Barry

$4,000

Rehab Nazzal

$4,000

Amy Schissel

$4,000

Bozica Radjenovic

$4,000

Jury Members: Eric Chan, Emily Falvey, Penny Cousineau-Levine

Ethno–Cultural Performing Arts and Multi- Disciplinary Events

In 2007, City Council approved funds to establish a program that supports artistic activity in distinct and diverse communities.

Multidisciplinary

Project Funding

Amount

Centre Africain d'Accueil de Développement et d'Intégration (CAADI)

$4,000

Federation of Ottawa Chinese-Canadian Community Organizations

$5,500

Indigenous Culture and Media Innovations

$15,000

Latin American Festival Latino Americano

$5,000

Odawa Native Friendship Centre

$5,000

Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society

$5,000

Svitanok Ukrainian Dance Society

$10,000

Thai Dance Troupe of Ottawa

$5,500

Annual Funding

Amount

Coalition of New Canadians For Arts and Culture

$10,000

Oto-Wa Taiko

$10,000

Jury Members: Maria Sabaye Moghaddam, Nathanaël Larochette, Tito Medina

Arts Service Agreements Program

The Arts Service Agreement Program is designed to address the particular needs of Ottawa’s local cultural organizations that assist the City in building and maintaining a solid infrastructure of arts services and facility development.

The arts service organizations participating in this program are key community partners who deliver on the strategic directions outlined in the Ottawa 20/20 Arts Plan. The services and activities of these organizations have had a major impact on the development of the broader local arts community, and continue to do so through support from the City of Ottawa.

Multidisciplinary

Organization

Amount

Arts Ottawa East

$205,386

Council for the Arts in Ottawa

$137,709

Great Canadian Theatre Company

$363,693

La Nouvelle Scène

$189,779

Ottawa Art Gallery

$285,422

Ottawa Arts Court Foundation

$183,023

Ottawa School of Art

$319,341

Heritage Funding Program

The objectives of the program are to spark, support and promote activity in all heritage disciplines related to the development of, and awareness around the distinct local history and heritage of Ottawa and its communities.

The Heritage Funding Program includes these principal components:

  • Funding to Historical Societies
  • Project Funding for: (1) research and documentation of local history, (2) heritage education, (3) preservation of local artefacts, (4) exhibits and historical events

Historical Societies

Organization

Amount

Cumberland Township Historical Society

$ 1,500

Gloucester Historical Society

$ 2,500

Goulbourn Township Historical Society

$ 3,000

Historical Society of Ottawa

$ 3,000

Huntley Township Historical Society

$ 3,000

Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum

$ 3,000

Heritage Projects

Recipient

Amount

Andrew Fleck Child Care Services

$ 4,000

British Isles Family History of Greater Ottawa

$ 1,000

Canadian Ski Museum

$ 5,000

Cumberland Lions Club Inc.

$ 4,500

Dorothy Meyerhof

$ 1,500

Groupe RADIXCO

$ 2,000

Jaku Kombit

$ 1,500

Heritage Committee of the Rockliffe Park Residents Association

$ 1,000

Jean Yves Pelletier

$ 4,000

New Edinburgh Community Alliance

$ 1,500

Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair Organizing Committee

$ 3,000

Pinhey's Point Foundation

$ 5,000

PubliArt Inc.

$ 2,000

Rideau Township Historical Society

$ 3,000

Steven Artelle

$ 3,000

Vietnamese Canadian Centre

$ 3,000

Vintage Stock Theatre

$ 4,000

Woodroffe North Community Association

$ 3,500

Jury Members: Anik Després, David Flemming, Henriette Riegel

Community Museums Service Agreement Program

The Community Museums Service Agreement Program supports community museums and provides them with the resources necessary to enhance capacity and to improve facilities, research, programming, exhibits, publications and visitor services in support of telling the Greater Ottawa Story.

Organization

Amount

Bytown Museum

$ 299,153

Diefenbunker, Canada's Cold War Museum

$ 229,864

Goulbourn Historical Society and Museum

$ 165,048

Muséoparc Vanier Museopark

$ 188,545

Nepean Museum

$ 312,475

Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum

$ 159,638

Ottawa Workers’ Heritage Centre

$ 30,402

Watson's Mill Manotick Inc.

$ 183,478

Independent Assessor: Susan McLeod-O’Reilly

Heritage Service Agreement Program

The Heritage Service Organizations Service Agreement Program supports key local Heritage Service Organizations which have a city-wide mandate to provide a broad range of professional support services such as advocacy, networking access to information, research, marketing and education. This program was designed to support the implementation of the Council approved Arts and Heritage Plan and Museum Sustainability Plan.

Service Organizations

Amount

Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa (CHOO COPO)

$ 159,208

Heritage Ottawa

$ 12,204

Ottawa Museum Network

$ 287,723

Partnership Program for Major Festivals and Fairs

The Partnership Program for Major Festivals and Fairs supports major local festivals and fairs that have citywide impact, are held annually for two consecutive days or more and have a budget of over $30,000.

Festivals and Fairs enrich the lives of local residents through the presentation of a wide variety of activities that celebrate or increase our level of understanding and appreciation of the unique character of our community. These services also celebrate our cultural heritage, and shine the spotlight on contemporary artists and art forms.

Arts Festivals

Project Funding

Amount

Carnival of Cultures

$17,000

Kombite Outaouais

$10,000

Music and Beyond

$55,000

Ottawa Fringe Festival

$42,000

Ottawa Reggae Festival

$8,000

Annual Funding

Amount

Canada Dance Festival

$64,000

Festival Franco-ontarien

$105,378

Ottawa Bluesfest

$80,000

Ottawa Children’s Festival de la Jeunesse

$73,000

Ottawa Folk Festival

$80,000

Ottawa International Writer's Festival

$47,000

Westfest

$20,000

Three Year Funding **

Amount

Ottawa International Jazz Festival Inc.

$126,000

Ottawa International Animation Festival

$55,650

Ottawa Chamber Music Society

$140,000

Music Festivals Jury: André Massicotte, Victor Nesrallah, Adrija McVicar
Cultural Identity Festivals Jury: Chantal Rodier, Lynn Cox, Yvon Soglo
Multidisciplinary Festivals Jury: Alan Cumyn, John Geggie, Renata Soutter
 

Community Builder or Cultural Heritage Festivals

Project Funding

Amount

Aboriginal Experiences, Arts and Culture (AEAC)

$20,000

Canada Day Arts Festival

$3,000

Central Canada Exhibition Association

$19,000

Irish Society of the National Capital Region (Irish Week)

$2,000

Italian Week

$24,000

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