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Diversity in the Arts Fund

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 Diversity in the Arts Fund

The Diversity in the Arts 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.

Organizations

Program Objectives 

  • To spark and support the creation, production, presentation, exhibition, and dissemination of the literary, performing, media and visual arts within Ottawa’s bilingual and culturally diverse community.
  • To support educational, training and service organizations that foster the development of the arts in Ottawa and help promote the visibility of our diverse communities as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
  • To support local professional artists of all disciplines and backgrounds.
  • To support community-based artistic activities that develops local arts audiences and celebrates the City of Ottawa’s diverse communities.
  • To support activities that address the priorities identified in the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage, and Culture in Ottawa (2013 - 2018)

Diversity in the Arts Fund

Through this fund the City of Ottawa welcomes and encourages submissions from applicants of diverse origins and cultural communities.

This program is available to collectives and not-for-profit organizations with an arts mandate, in the production and presentation of artistic activities and events that represent Ottawa’s culturally diverse communities.

Projects proposed by non-arts groups will be considered, provided that they have an arts focus and are 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 singular activity. Proposed activities 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 have rarely exceeded $10,000. Receipt of a project grant in previous years does not guarantee subsequent funding.

Application Deadline

The 2018 deadline date was Monday, November 6, 2017 at 4pm 

Application Form

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.

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.

Report Form

Diversity in the Arts 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 Inquiries

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

Marie-Christine Feraud
613-580-2424 ext. 23915

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