Other Grants



Ontario Arts Council




Purpose: Funds professional development and skills building opportunities.  Applicants can request funding for training, mentoring, or apprenticing in all contemporary and traditional art forms.

Eligibility: This program is open to Ontario-based Aboriginal arts professionals and arts professionals of colour.

Deadline: May 1st.  One deadline per year.



Purpose: To provide grants up to $10,000 to artists working with film, video and digital media as independent artist-controlled art forms. The program supports those working in a range of media production formats, including video, film, audio and digital.

Eligibility: This program is open to Ontario-based emerging media artists. Eligible projects are independent productions initiated by the applicant (director) where the applicant has creative and editorial control. Projects with budgets under $75,000 are eligible.

Deadline: November 1st, 2016. One deadline per year.

Check out this great deck from Mark Haslam's (OAC Media Arts Officer) presentation on Media Arts Grants



Purpose: To provide production grants to artists working with film, video and digital media as independent artist-controlled art forms.

Eligibility: This program is open to Ontario-based professional media artists who have completed at least two independent works. Projects with budgets of $300,000 or less, in the following categories, are eligible: documentary, drama, experimental, animation, dance film/video, media art installation, new media and any fusion thereof.

Deadlines: April 15 and October 1. Two deadlines per year.



Objective: Chalmers Arts Fellowships are grants intended for individual professional artists in Ontario to conduct self-directed research to further develop their artistic practice and creative ability in ways likely to generate long-term artistic and career development. These grants support artists to examine and experiment with style, technique, process, method or content; conduct research that targets an issue or concern in their artistic practice; or research, investigate and/or gather historic information. 
The program supports artists at any stage of their career development, from emerging to established, including artists whose work reflects Ontario’s linguistic and cultural diversity, or Aboriginal and Franco-Ontarian identities.

Eligibility: This program is open to professional Ontario-based artists. In addition, in order to apply to the Chalmers Arts Fellowships program applicants must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, 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; 0. 0.
  • Be a resident of Ontario for at least one year before the application is made; .
  • Continue to live in Ontario at least eight months a year, with the following exceptions:
    • Artists who live in Ontario may leave the province for up to one year and continue to be eligible for OAC support if the absences are temporary (e.g. educational or artistic opportunities) and they do not also apply for support from the jurisdiction of their temporary residence.
    • Artists living permanently in Quebec municipalities in the National Capital region who:
      • are applying to the OAC in French
      • have been recognized as Ontario artists
      • contribute actively to the artistic life of Ontario
      • have not sought assistance from the Quebec government for the same activity
      • work in one of the disciplines supported at OAC: arts education, community arts, crafts, dance, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, visual arts.

 Applications will not be accepted from:

  • applicants who have received two Chalmers Arts Fellowships
  • members of a college or university faculty (contractually limited appointment or tenure stream appointment)
  • co-applicants, groups, ensembles, collectives or organizations (incorporated not-for-profit . or for-profit)
  • undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate students enrolled full- or part-time in an academy, school, college or university, regardless of the program of study
  • arts administrators
  • individuals who have submitted an application or have a grant in progress for the following . OAC grant programs: Chalmers Professional Development Grants, Access and Career . Development, National and International Residency and/or Ontario-Quebec Artist Residencies
  • individuals who have any overdue or incomplete OAC post-project reports.

N.B. Chalmers Arts Fellowships neither support film production or post-production, nor dance or music videos.

Deadline: June 16, 2014. One deadline per year.



Purpose: To develop opportunities for Aboriginal artists to engage with Aboriginal communities, and to strengthen the relationship of Aboriginal organizations and communities with the arts and with Aboriginal artists.

Eligibility: This program is open to professional, Ontario-based Aboriginal artists, including artists’ collectives and non-profit Aboriginal organizations, centres and councils. 

The OAC does not fund activities, events or projects that have taken place before the program deadline date or that have been completed before the results of the competition have been announced.

Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to call with questions about their applications before the deadline. Because so many applicants call during the weeks before the deadline, please call with questions as far in advance as possible.

Deadlines: February 15 / September 15



Objectifs: Le programme Avance médias vise à aider les artistes francophones indépendants qui utilisent les arts médiatiques comme moyen d'expression créatrice. Il accorde aux particuliers des subventions de projet pour le développement ou la production de nouvelles oeuvres cinémato-graphiques, vidéographiques ou de nouveaux médias ayant un contenu de langue française.

Admissibilité: Il doit s'agir de projets indépendants entrepris par le candidat et sur lesquels il possède le contrôle et pleine liberté d'expression créative. Seuls sont admissibles les projets où la liberté artistique du réalisateur n'est pas limitée par d'autres sources de financement. Aucune restriction ne s'applique au format des films ou des vidéos ni aux méthodes de production technologiques. Ce programme appuie une vaste gamme de genres: oeuvres dramatiques, expérimentales ou d'animation, le documentaire, et les installation vidéos.

Date limite: le 1ière octobre



Purpose: The program provides grants of $500 to $1,500 to assist individual artists with costs related to presenting their work in an exhibition. Grants are made through third-party recommenders (public art galleries, artist-run centres and arts service organizations) throughout the province. Artists must apply directly to a recommender located in the zone in which they live. Approved applications are forwarded to OAC by the recommender once the decision to award a grant has been made.

SAW Video is one of three media art recommenders for the OAC's Exhibition Assistance program. The program provides grants to assist Ontario artists at all stages of their careers. SAW Video's typical grant award is $750.

Applicants must apply in advance of their exhibitions as funds cannot be awarded retroactively. SAW Video supports installation, performance and online exhibitions in all forms of media art including video, film, new media and audio.

Eligibility: This program is open to Ontario-based professional visual artists, craft artists and media artists who have a confirmed, upcoming public exhibition. Exhibitions in Ontario, other Canadian provinces and international locations are all eligible.

2013/14 Exhibition Assistance Program Guidelines and Application Form.

Recommenders establish their own application deadlines for exhibition assistance, or may decide to accept applications on an ongoing basis. SAW Video accepts applications for media art exhibition assistance from artists across Ontario. SAW Video 2013/14 deadlines are August 1 and December 12, 2014.

For more information about what to submit, eligible costs and general guidelines, visit the OAC website. Alternatively, contact SAW Video’s administrator at admin@sawvideo.com or the centre’s programmer at programming@sawvideo.com. Application forms and guidelines may also be picked up in person at SAW Video.

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Canada Council for the Arts




Research/creation and production grants are available to established, mid-career and emerging artists. Scriptwriting grants are available to established and mid-career artists only.

Research/Creation Grants

  • Established and mid-career artists: $3,000 to $60,000
  • Emerging artists: $3,000 to $20,000.

Production Grants

  • Established and mid-career artists: $3,000 to $60,000
  • Emerging artists: $3,000 to $20,000.

Scriptwriting Grants

Mid-career and established artists: $3,000 to $20,000.

Deadlines: March 1 and October 1



Production grants are available to established, mid-career and emerging artists. Research grants are available to established and mid-career artists only.

Research Grants

Mid-career or established artists: 
$3,000 to $20,000

Production Grants

  • Emerging artists: up to $20,000
  • Mid-career or established artists:
    • new media: up to $60,000
    • audio: up to $35,000

Deadlines:  March 1 and October 1



Delivered through the dance section of the Canada Council for the Arts

This program supports the production and dissemination of Canadian professional screen-based dance work on film or video. These works must have the potential to reach broad audiences, in all regions, on the large or small screen. This is why distribution plans, broadcast licences or agreements are eligibility criteria for funding (unlike programs delivered by the media arts section). The Dance on Screen Production Fund offers both development and production grants.

Deadline: October 15



From $500 to $2,500 granted to:

  • media artists for presentations and professional development
  • independent media arts critics and curators for research, professional development and presentation.

Deadline: Anytime.

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City of Ottawa



The city’s Arts Funding program provides grants to individual artists for production and script development.


  • A Grants are for established professional artists: maximum award $5,500
  • B Grants are for emerging professional artists: maximum award $4,000

A and B grants are awarded to established and emerging local artists of all disciplines and backgrounds, supporting the creation and production of new, original work or the completion of works in progress. Funding is awarded to individual professional artists residing in Ottawa in the disciplines of literary, performing, media and visual arts. Artists may apply for projects involving a collaboration of more than one artist.

Deadline: December 15th, 2014, 4pm.

Find application and guidelines here.

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Telefilm Canada



Telefilm Canada has several funding programs for independent media artists including development, low budget independent features, and screenwriting. Contact Telefilm Canada for the latest grant and deadline information.


The Micro-Budget Production Program, launched on June 27, 2012 , targets emerging talent in Canada’s audiovisual industry and will support them in the production and release of a first feature-length film, with an emphasis on digital platforms and their potential for wide distribution and audience involvement.

As part of this Program, Telefilm will support eight to ten projects this year, through a non-repayable financial contribution of up to $120,000 per project. This contribution must be used to produce, distribute and promote a feature-length film that will be available to the general public through one or more distribution platforms, with a primary focus on digital platforms. Projects to be submitted to Telefilm for evaluation will be recommended by a diverse group of industry partners. The list of partners is available under Useful Tools. To be eligible, an applicant must be a student or a recent graduate of a production program offered by one of the Program’s partners, or a recent member of a film cooperative that is listed as a partner in the Program.

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bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) fund the production of Canadian scripted narrative shorts. Grants are up to $50,000.

Deadlines: Throughout year, check website.





In September 2013, bravo introduced bravoFACTUAL grants to be awarded by the bravoFACT(Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) jury for the production of short form documentary projects. Selected projects will be eligible to apply for up to a maximum $50,000 in production funding.

Following the same mandate as for scripted bravoFACT shorts, bravoFACTUAL projects will reflect Canadian themes, large and small. Preference will be given to emerging directors and producers from across Canada.

There are two deadlines annually. Check website.

More info


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Corel Endowment Fund for the Arts Award



Presented by the Council for the Arts in Ottawa, the Corel award encourages evolution, innovation, creativity and excellence of individual artists working on new initiatives in all the arts disciplines in Ottawa and the National Capital Region, and supports projects with potential to significantly advance the individual’s art practice or have an impact on the community or the discipline(s) represented.

Deadline: Annual, in May.

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Tools for Independent Media Artists

See funding section of Links page.