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Equity and inclusion in the arts fund - Annual operating funding

Equity and inclusion in the arts fund - Annual operating funding

Annual Operating Funding to Sustain Community

Annual operating funding is available to organizations that have a proven track record with the CFSU and provide year-round programming.

First time applicants to the annual operating category

A meeting with Marie-Christine Feraud to review your organization’s eligibility and readiness to stream into the annual operating category must be scheduled prior to applying. A summary of the previous year’s application evaluation will be provided to aid in preparing for the transition.

To be eligible for annual operating funding an organization must be:

  • a recipient of 2 consecutive project grants through one of the CFSU’s funding programs  or 
  • a recipient of annual operating funding through one of the CFSU’s funding programs that wants to transfer to the Equity and Inclusion in the Arts Fund

Additionally, an organization must:

  • be mandated in the arts and representing/celebrating an Indigenous or equity-seeking community 
  • be incorporated as a not-for-profit
  • have their office/mailing address within the limits of the city of Ottawa, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation or Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation
  • have the majority of their programming and event(s) within the city of Ottawa, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation or Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation
  • have a minimum of 3 members in their Board of Directors that meet regularly
  • have at least 50% of their Board of Director members residing within the Ottawa region


Who is NOT eligible?

  • individuals
  • for-profit organizations/ventures
  • crown corporations and government agencies
  • organizations whose activities come under the jurisdiction of other levels or departments of government (school boards, hospitals, universities, social services, military programs, business improvement associations, etc.)
  • political parties
  • organizations that receive operating funding through other programs administered by the CFSU
  • organizations that have an outstanding final report with the CFSU
  • a City of Ottawa employee or an elected representative*

*City of Ottawa Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services Department staff may not hold a key position within an organization requesting cultural funding from the city. Exception: where staff participation has been approved as one of the duties of their position.

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. For further inquiries, please contact your Cultural Funding Officer.

What is NOT eligible?

  • fundraising activities and initiatives that benefit a third party
  • commercial ventures, art sales
  • activities involving the manufacture and distribution of product in multiple copies
  • activities where participation is conditional upon partaking in the religious activities of the organization
  • capital purposes (i.e., purchase of land or facilities, large renovation or restoration projects, etc.)

Meeting all eligibility requirements of the program does not guarantee funding.

How to apply

To apply to the annual operating category, please contact Marie-Christine Feraud.