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Cultural funding summary reports

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.

2018 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. 
  • The Cultural Funding Support Section is committed to supporting cultural activities that respond to the Calls to Action of Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  • 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.

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

2018 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 2018 Summary of Cultural Funding [ PDF - 369 KB ] for details.

2017 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 2017 Cultural Funding Summary Report [ PDF - 456 KB ] for details.

2016 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 2016 Summary of Cultural Funding [ PDF - 404 KB ] for details.

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