Arts Organizations in Communities and Schools: Operating

Ontario Arts Council

Go to Website

Application is invite only



Contact Information

Loree Lawrence



Phone Number: 416-969-7425


All funds are available in English and French.

Grant Description

This program supports the ongoing operations of Ontario-based, not-for-profit community-engaged arts organizations working in Ontario communities or schools.

This is a partnership program, between school boards and the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), that supports community-engaged artists to work alongside teachers to engage students in creative learning involving creative and critical processes. School boards partner with the OAC over a seven-year period to build capacity for implementing school board-wide arts projects.


Participation in the program is by invitation only. School boards must consult with the program officer to determine their fit for the program, as determined by OAC’s strategic priorities, program priorities, program budget, and administrative capacity of the school board.


    Additional Information

    Organizations must have:
    - at least $75,000 in total revenues for the last fiscal year, and in projected revenues for the current and requested years (for applicants not currently receiving funding from this program)
    - at least two years of sustained, regular, ongoing programming, as of the application date. If your organization does not meet this requirement, consider applying for project funding
    - a range of revenue sources
    - an active board of directors/governing body

    Eligibility Requirements

    Applicant Type
    Artistic Discipline
    Any or All Disciplines
    Funding Type
    Engaging Communities | Operational Funding | Strategic Funding
    Priority Community
    Career Type


    Minimum Fund Amount


    Maximum Fund Amount