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Arts Funding Program

Cultural Funding Support Section Values

The Cultural Funding Support Section (CFSS) 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.

The City of 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. 

Submissions from 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.

About the Arts Funding Program

The Arts Funding Program supports professional artists and not-for-profit arts organizations in the creation, production, presentation, exhibition and dissemination of the literary, media, performing and visual arts within the bilingual and culturally diverse framework of Ottawa. The program also supports the educational, training and service organizations that foster the development of the arts in Ottawa.

Individuals

Program Objectives

  • To support local professional artists of all disciplines and backgrounds
  • To support the creation and production of new works in literary, performing, media and visual arts within Ottawa’s bilingual and culturally diverse community
  • To support activities that address the priorities identified in the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage, and Culture in Ottawa (2013-2018)

Creation and Production Fund for Professional Artists

This fund supports the creation and production of new work or completion of works in progress in all artistic disciplines by professional individual artists residing in the City of Ottawa. The fund provides grants to emerging, mid-career, and established artists.

Applications from artistic collaborations comprised of up to three professional and local artists are also accepted under this program.  

Application Deadline

The 2018 deadline date is Monday, December 11, 2017 at 4pm.

Application Forms for Professional Artists

Please note: fillable PDF forms may no longer be completed through web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and others. Please first download the form onto your computer and open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete. Any information added to the form through the web browser will be lost when the form is downloaded to your computer.

Organizations

Program Objectives

  • To spark and support the creation, production, presentation, exhibition, and dissemination of the literary, performing, visual and media arts, and independent film and video within Ottawa’s bilingual and culturally diverse community.
  • To support the educational, training and service organizations that foster the development of the arts in Ottawa.
  • To support local professional artists of all disciplines and backgrounds.
  • To support community-based artistic activities that develop local arts audiences and communities.
  • To support activities that address the priorities identified in the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage, and Culture in Ottawa (2013-2018)

Project Funding

Project Funding is available to collectives and not-for-profit organizations with an arts mandate. A project proposed by a non-arts group will be considered, provided that it has an arts focus and is produced in partnership with a professional arts organization, collective or professional artist(s). 

Projects are to be carried out within a specific timeframe and consist of a single activity. The activity must possess strong artistic merit, as determined by the assessment committee, and produce an impact on the community and the discipline. The budget must include sources of revenue other than the City’s contribution. Project grants in recent competitions rarely exceeded $10,000. Receipt of a project grant in previous years does not guarantee subsequent funding.

Project Funding Application Forms

The 2018 forms will be posted this fall.

Please note: fillable PDF forms may no longer be completed through web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and others. Please first download the form onto your computer and open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete. Any information added to the form through the web browser will be lost when the form is downloaded to your computer.

Annual Operating Funding

Annual Operating Funding is available to established, incorporated as not-for-profit arts organizations that have been in existence for at least two years, possess an arts mandate and have a minimum two year history of providing regularly-scheduled artistic programming to the community throughout the year. Recognition for excellence in their artistic discipline and financial stability must be demonstrated. Arts organizations must receive at least one project funding allocation before being considered for operating funding.

(please contact us​ for a copy of the Annual Operating Guidelines and Application Form)

Three-Year Operating Funding

Three-Year Operating Funding is available to established, incorporated as not-for-profit arts organizations that have been in existence for at least four years.  Applicants must have received Annual Operating funding through the City of Ottawa’s Arts Funding Program for at least one year, have an arts mandate, be recognized for excellence in their artistic discipline, provide annual programming to the community, demonstrate long-range financial stability and be able to articulate their long-term artistic visioning and planning. 

(please contact us for a copy of the Three-Year Operating Guidelines and Application Form) 

Application Deadline

The 2018 deadline date is Monday, January 15, 2018 at 4pm

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.

Individual Report Form

Arts Funding Report Form - Individuals - Creation and Production Fund

Organization Report Form

Arts Funding Report Form - Organizations - Project Funding

Please note: fillable PDF forms may no longer be completed through web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and others. Please first download the form onto your computer and open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete. Any information added to the form through the web browser will be lost when the form is downloaded to your computer.

Contact Us

Program inquires

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

English Literary Arts
English Theatre
French Theatre
Amateur Arts

Marlène Barré
613-580-2424 ext. 28517

French Literary Arts
Arts Services & Arts Venues

Anik Després
613-580-2424 ext. 27208

Dance 
Independent Film and Video
Visual Arts 

Arts Training & Arts Education (Multidisciplinary organizations)
Marie-Christine Feraud
613-580-2424 ext. 23915

Music
Arts Training & Arts Education (Music organizations)
Amateur Arts 

Adrija McVicar
613-580-2424 ext. 23231

General inquiries

For general information or to request an application form, contact:

Infoculture
613-580-2424, ext. 29404
 

Direct Deposit Information

Please be advised that over the next year, the City of Ottawa’s Financial Services Unit will be 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 and send to Financial Services mailing address as indicated.

For all inquiries, please contact Financial Services Unit:

Peggy Li  613-580-2424, ext 13910

Henry Wang 613-580-2424, ext 23747