Other Grants



Ontario Arts Council




The Ontario Arts Council offers several programs for individuals working in media arts. They also fund the organizations that help artists create, distribute, screen, exhibit and perform their work and otherwise engage with audiences and communities.


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 Indigenous arts professionals and arts professionals of colour.

Deadline: March 21 and October 22, 2019. Read more.


MEDIA ARTS creation projects

Purpose: The program supports individual professional Ontario-based media artists/directors working with film, video, audio, digital, new media, video and electronic games, and virtual reality as independent artist-controlled art forms in the production and post-production phases of their projects. There are two categories:

Emerging Artist: You have completed at least one independent media work and are not currently enrolled in a formal media arts education program.

Mid-Career & Established Artist: You have completed at least two previous media works independently. Mid-Career artists have a history of independent media arts practice of at least 5 years. Established artists have a history of independent media arts practice of at least 15 years.

Eligibility: This program is open to Ontario-based emerging, mid-career or established artists/directors who have completed the requisite number of independent works, work with or without a producer and hold copyright over the work. Contracts with producers or other funders must not require that you give up such control, even if they are arranged after you have received confirmation of OAC support. It is also open to graduate students who are applying to the Mid-Career and Established category only. Applications must provide a letter from the department head stating your proposed project is not a part of their academic program.

Deadline: April 10 and October 1, 2019


MEDIA ARTs projects

Purpose: The program supports not-for-profit organizations and ad hoc groups/collectives that present, document or disseminate the work of professional Ontario media artists, or that provide media artists with professional development opportunities. There are three categories: Presentation; Professional Development; and Publication.

Eligibility: Ontario-based organizations and ad hoc groups/collectives, media arts organizations and ad hoc groups/collectives that have a history of, or expertise in, media arts programming, and organizations working in other arts disciplines that undertake media arts projects. Applicants must show evidence of media arts expertise through the arts professionals directly involved in the project, or through the expertise of an advisory committee of media arts professionals.

Deadlines: February 21 and September 17, 2019



Purpose: The program supports Ontario’s professional artists to experiment and investigate their artistic process or to research topics that examine their arts practice. It is open to artists practicing professionally for 10 years or less (the total number of weeks for the artists's project cannot be less than 13 weeks or more than 26 weeks) and artists practicing professionally for 11 years or more (the total number of weeks for the artist's project cannot be less than 13 weeks or more than 52 weeks).

Eligibility: Professional artists who are Ontario residents and have a permanent physical address in Ontario and are eligible in any OAC grant program.

Deadline: The 2019 deadline is TBA.



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



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.

2018/19 Exhibition Assistance Program Guidelines and Information

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 2018 deadlines are August 6 and December 10, 2018.

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.