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Major Arts and Cultural Festivals and Major Agricultural Fairs Programs

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 Major Arts and Cultural Festivals and Major Agricultural Fairs Programs

Major Arts and Cultural Festivals Program

Program Objectives

  • To support major local arts and cultural festivals that attract audiences and that celebrate the artistic and creative expression of Ottawa’s artistic and cultural communities
  • To enhance the quality of life in Ottawa by providing opportunities for community participation, social interaction and cultural involvement
  • To build the capacity and increase the sustainability of the local arts and cultural festivals sectors

Major Agricultural Fairs Program

Program Objectives

  • To support major local agricultural fairs that attract audiences and that celebrate the distinct rural nature of their communities through their operations, community engagement and event activities.
  • To enhance the quality of life in Ottawa by providing opportunities for community participation, social interaction and cultural involvement
  • To build the capacity and increase the sustainability of the local fairs

Application Deadline

The 2018 deadline date was Monday, November 27, 2017 at 4pm 

Application Form

Please contact us for more information.

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 to 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.

Please contact us for a copy of the appropriate report form.

Contact Us

Program Inquiries

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

Agricultural Fairs
Marlène Barré
613-580-2424 ext. 28517

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

Arts Festivals
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