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Arts & Cultural Grants

Arts & Cultural Grants

Ontario Creates - Industry Development Program

Ontario Creates Industry Development Program provides support to Ontario’s established trade and event organizations to offer initiatives, events and activities with long-term impacts on growth and sustainability in the book, magazine, film, television, and interactive digital media sectors.

Deadline: November 7, 2019 by 5:00pm (for activities commencing from December 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020)

Successful Industry Development Program applicants will receive funding for activities that expand skills, business capacity, market share, sales, and innovation. Activities must demonstrate the potential for measurable results for Ontario companies that create and sell content in the book, magazine, film, television, and interactive digital media sectors, and/or any combination of these sectors.

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Celebrate Markham Grant

The City of Markham recognizes outstanding people and ideas with awards, grants, and funding.

The Celebrate Markham Grant Program gives funding to not-for-profit organizations in Markham. This grant:

  1. Supports community events and programs;
  2. Encourages community inclusivity;
  3. Enhances Markham’s reputation as a destination City for visitors and tourists.

Applications are accepted every September for this yearly grant program. You can apply for the following grants:

  • Cultural Events and Programs: $5,000;
  • Major Community Festivals: $10,000

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Community Improvement Plan: Grants for Office Redevelopment and Downtown Revitilization in Richmond Hill

Application Deadline: TBC

The CIP outlines three grant programs that businesses and property owners can utilize:

Tax Increment Equivalent Grant (TIEG) for Office The Tax Increment Equivalent Grant supports the development of new office space that is 1,600 square meters or greater within the Town’s Centres and Corridors as well as the Newkirk and East Beaver Creek Business Parks through the return of portions of property taxes over a 10-year period.

Building Renovation Grant Program The Building Renovation Grant Program provides grants of up to $50,000 for building renovations resulting in the creation of new office space within the Downtown Local Centre, Oak Ridges Local Centre and the Newkirk and Beaver Creek Business Parks.

Façade Improvement, Landscape and Signage Grant The Façade Improvement, Landscape and Signage Grant provides grants ranging in value from $1,000 to $32,500 for projects that are related to the revitalization of the Downtown Local Centre.

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Indigenous Cultural Fund 

Application Deadline: Multiple and ongoing deadlines for each of the three granting categories under this program.

The Ontario Arts Council's Indigenous Culture Fund (ICF) was created to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, culture and way of life. The new fund is administered by Indigenous staff members at the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), on behalf of the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS). 

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Town of Aurora Recreation Grant Policy and Procedure

The Culture & Recreation Grant Policy has identified two major goals:

  1. To provide temporary financial assistance (maximum three years within a five-year period) to community culture and recreation-based programs.  These grants are to be used to assist these groups in becoming stable community organizations and strong partners with the Town.
  2. To provide programs that have no other Municipal funding assistance, but are recognized as a culture and recreational community program meritorious of Council's support.

Deadlines: March and September

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Whitchurch-Stouffville Community Events

Community groups that are interested in receiving funding for their cause are encouraged to apply to the Town for grants.  Council will have two intake periods for community grants, donations and in-kind sponsorship applications.  For ALL 2019 requests, the intake dates are:

You will be asked to include information on your organization, a budget for the organization/program and other relevant information on how the grant will be used to better support the Whitchurch-Stouffville community.

Please click here to access the grant application and application guidelines.

Feel free to contact Joan Crosbie, Manager of Culture and Community Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 905-640-1910 x 2470 with any questions.

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Events, Arts, and Activations Funding Program (Danforth Mosaic BIA)

Deadline: ongoing- submit applications at least 90 days before event. 

The Danforth Mosaic Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an organization that represents over 600 businesses along Danforth Avenue from Jones Avenue to Westlake Avenue. The goal of this program is to foster and enhance events, arts, and activations within the Danforth Mosaic BIA neighbourhood that will benefit the business district and will make the neighbourhood a livelier and more vibrant place to live and visit. The Board of the Danforth Mosaic BIA is interested in sponsoring events of various sizes – from small local events to larger community events. Learn more. 

Granting & Funding Agencies 

 

Ontario Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council is an arm's-length agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. OAC's grants and services to professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations support arts education, Aboriginal arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Franco-Ontarian arts, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, touring, and visual arts.

In 2013-2014, OAC funded 1,737individual artists and 1,095 organizations in 223 Ontario communities, for a total of $52.1 million. Learn More

CanExport

The Government of Canada’s CanExport Program will provide up to $50 million over five years in direct financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada seeking to develop new export opportunities and markets, particularly high-growth priority markets and sectors. CanExport is expected to assist up to 1,000 exporters per year across the country. Learn More

Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in music, theatre, writing and publishing, visual arts, dance, media arts, and integrated and circus arts – fostering and promoting the arts in Canada since 1957. Learn More

Town of Georgina: Economic Development and Community Building Grant Program

Deadline: February 1, May 1 and September 1

The Economic Development and Community Building Grant Program provides financial assistance to programs/events that serve to promote the Town of Georgina externally, generates economic opportunities for the local business community and provides for the betterment of the Community. 

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Ontario Trillium Foundation

One of the largest grantmakers in Canada, Ontario Trillium Foundation is unique for its deployment of 330 volunteers to review and analyze more than 3,000 grant applications each year. To make great grants that help create vibrant and healthy communities, program staff rely on our volunteers to bring their knowledge of local community needs and sectoral expertise to the grant review process.

OTF awards approximately 1,500 grants each year to community-based not-for-profits and charitable organizations in the arts, recreation, environment and human and social services sectors. An agency of the Ontario government with an annual budget of over $100 million, OTF is always looking for ways to be a more effective grantmaker as well as a thought leader.

In 2013, the Ontario Trillium Foundation celebrated thirty years of granting. The Foundation marked this important milestone with a reflection on its successes, challenges, and lessons learned over the past three decades. Learn More

First Nations Writers Grant Proposal Handbook & Guidance

The First Peoples' Cultural Council is a First Nations-run Crown Corporation with a mandate to support the revitalization of Aboriginal language, arts and culture in British Columbia. We provide funding and resources to communities, monitor the status of First Nations languages and develop policy recommendations for First Nations leadership and government. For many of us, writing a grant application or proposal can seem overwhelming. Simply figuring out which funding program to apply to can be confusing and explaining our ideas clearly on an application form isn’t always easy.

Arts staff at FPCC developed the Artist Grant Proposal Writing Handbook to offer suggestions and clarify the process of writing an arts grant proposal. Learn More

 

 

ArtsBuild Ontario and Community Forward Foundation have established The Energize Microloan Fund to provide Ontario’s nonprofit arts organizations with the opportunity to make their spaces more energy efficient and contribute to global greening efforts with access to capital and ArtsBuild Ontario’s programs and services.

This fund will provide nonprofit arts organizations small loans from $2,500 to $5,000 at an interest rate of 3.5%* that can be used for the purpose of funding projects that could reduce their energy consumption or towards plans, reports or audits needed to qualify for/or understand the energy efficiency of their buildings.

- See more at: http://www.artsbuildontario.ca/financing/energize-microloan-for-the-arts/#sthash.fduReqAD.dpuf

ArtsBuild Ontario and Community Forward Foundation have established The Energize Microloan Fund to provide Ontario’s nonprofit arts organizations with the opportunity to make their spaces more energy efficient and contribute to global greening efforts with access to capital and ArtsBuild Ontario’s programs and services.

This fund will provide nonprofit arts organizations small loans from $2,500 to $5,000 at an interest rate of 3.5%* that can be used for the purpose of funding projects that could reduce their energy consumption or towards plans, reports or audits needed to qualify for/or understand the energy efficiency of their buildings.

- See more at: http://www.artsbuildontario.ca/financing/energize-microloan-for-the-arts/#sthash.fduReqAD.dpuf

ArtsBuild Ontario and Community Forward Foundation have established The Energize Microloan Fund to provide Ontario’s nonprofit arts organizations with the opportunity to make their spaces more energy efficient and contribute to global greening efforts with access to capital and ArtsBuild Ontario’s programs and services.

This fund will provide nonprofit arts organizations small loans from $2,500 to $5,000 at an interest rate of 3.5%* that can be used for the purpose of funding projects that could reduce their energy consumption or towards plans, reports or audits needed to qualify for/or understand the energy efficiency of their buildings.

- See more at: http://www.artsbuildontario.ca/financing/energize-microloan-for-the-arts/#sthash.fduReqAD.dpuf
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York Region Arts Council, YRAC

395 Mulock Drive,
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 4Y9

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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