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Touring Projects (Categories 1 and 3)

Grants to Ontario Nonprofits, Groups,
and Artists for Touring Arts Programming

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

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10/16/19 1:00 PM ET - Deadline for Category 1 and 3 applications only.


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Grants to Ontario nonprofit arts organizations, ad hoc groups and collectives, and professional artists to support touring exhibitions, arts events, and performances both within Ontario and outside the province. Some applicants will be require to contact the Funding Source to determine eligibility. For projects taking place outside the province, priority is given to activities that enhance the profile of Ontario artists and take their work into new markets. Tours that are primarily self-presentations are not a priority in this program.

The program contributes to the travel, accommodation, per diem, insurance, shipping and other logistics costs of touring, if not covered by presenter(s).

Eligible tours must:

- Include a minimum of three engagements outside the applicant’s home city:

- The tour may be contiguous or non-contiguous, keeping in mind the efficient use of funds.
- Engagements may be with the same presenter or venue only if touring different works.
- For the Significant public arts festival/event category, the tour may include fewer than three engagements.
- For school touring within Ontario, engagements may take place in the applicant’s home city.

- Include guaranteed presentation fees:

- For school touring within Ontario, significant in-kind support (such as venue, volunteers, promotion, etc.) can be used in lieu of a guaranteed presentation fee.
- For independent media arts touring, significant in-kind support (e.g. venue, volunteers, promotion, etc.) can be used in lieu of a guaranteed presentation fee.

- Include artists’ fees paid in accordance with union rates or recommended industry standards
- Be presented to a public audience, or to a student audience for school tours
- Include a range of revenue sources, such as presentation fees, box office, merchandise sales, personal/organizational contribution, fundraising, other grants, etc.

Eligible expenses include:

- Travel, ground transportation, visas, transportation of freight and equipment, insurance and related costs
- Per diems (daily meal allowance) and accommodations of artists and technical personnel while on tour at rates defined by appropriate collective agreements or reflective of where the tour is taking place
- Marketing or promotional costs specific to the tour, including the hiring of a marketing manager or publicist
- For school touring in Ontario, fees and salaries of artists and technical personnel while on tour, if not covered by the presentation fees
- For independent media arts touring, fees and salaries of artists and technical personnel while on tour, if not covered by the presentation fees

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153151

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Category 1 - Tour (minimum 3 stops): Requesting up to $30,000

- Category 2 - Large-Scale Tour (minimum 3 stops): minimum $30,001 - maximum $75,000

- Category 3 - Tour to a Significant Public Arts Festival/Event: maximum $30,000

Term of Contract:

The activities for which you are requesting funding cannot start before three months after the deadline date, and must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

- Categories 1 and 3: professional artists with a permanent physical address in Ontario working in an arts practice supported at OAC
- Categories 1 and 3: ad hoc groups/collectives with a permanent physical address in Ontario working in an arts practice supported at OAC
- Categories 1, 2 and 3: not-for profit arts organizations, as well as eligible for-profit book and magazine publishers, with a permanent physical address in Ontario working in an arts practice supported at OAC

An Individual must:

- Be a professional artist/arts professional

The OAC defines a professional artist/arts professional as someone who has developed skills through training or practice, is recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition, has a history of public presentation or publication, seeks payment for her or his work and actively practices his or her art. Short breaks in artistic work history are acceptable.

- Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, or have an application pending for permanent resident status and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.
- Be a resident of Ontario who has lived in Ontario for 12 consecutive months prior to making a grant application, and
- Live in Ontario no less than eight months a year.

Ad hoc groups/collectives must:

- Have 50 per cent of their members residing in Ontario
- be comprised of at least two members who are Ontario-based professional artists, artistic leaders or arts professionals, who will be responsible for the administration of the grant on behalf of the ad hoc group/collective
- Not be a corporation
- Be able to deposit a grant cheque in the name of the ad hoc group/collective

Note: Ad hoc groups/collectives may be formed for a one-time project (ad hoc group) or have ongoing activity (collective).

Incorporated not-for-profit organizations must:

- Be incorporated in Ontario or federally
- Have a head office in Ontario
- Be governed by a volunteer board of directors or an advisory board

Ineligible applicants:

- Municipalities, colleges and/or universities
- Student ensembles (choirs led by professional Ontario artists excepted)
- Students enrolled full-time in an educational institution (more than two courses)

This program does not fund:

-Pre-tour planning, rehearsals or pre-production
- Creation, production or restaging of work
- School tours taking place outside of Ontario
- School tours that have as their primary activity skill development, creative workshops, arts education workshops or hands-on activities in schools or communities (see OAC’s Artists in Communities and Schools Projects program)
- Tour activity supported by OAC’s Ontario Dances, Theatre Connects, or Connexions théâtres programs
- Performances, readings or exhibitions at a convention, conference, symposium, trade/industry fair or arts marketplace
- Book tours whose primary purpose is not public readings or the performance of literary works
- Competitions, juried art shows, award ceremonies and pow-wows
- Fundraising
- Capital expenses

Ineligible expenses include:

- Fees and salaries of artists (school touring in Ontario and independent media arts touring excepted)
- Fees and salaries of technical personnel (school touring in Ontario and independent media arts touring excepted)
- All pre-tour administration and all tour booking salaries
- Costs associated with non-essential personnel on tour
- Production and publication of exhibition catalogues or souvenir programs
- Expenses attributed to home-based overhead, such as rent, etc.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline Dates:

- March 6 and October 16, 2019, 1 p.m. ET (Categories 1 and 3)
- June 27, 2019, 1 p.m. ET (Categories 1, 2 and 3)

Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline. Grant notification will be available approximately three months after each deadline.

Important: Applicants to Category 3 must contact the program officer to determine eligibility.

Category 2 requests are only eligible at the June deadline.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Elizabeth Braoudakis, Program Administrator

Ontario Arts Council
121 Bloor Street East, 7th Floor
Toronto, ON M4W 3M5

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