External Grants/Opportunities

Canada Business Ontario

Discipline: Arts, Film, Television, Music, Publishing, Festivals

Canada Business can help you find government financing options for your business. There are programs that apply to businesses across Canada, and others that apply only to businesses in Ontario. 


Discipline: All

The Canada Council for the Arts is a federal, arm's-length Crown corporation created by an Act of Parliament in 1957 to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. The Canada Council offers a broad range of grants, prizes and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in music, theatre, writing and publishing, visual arts, dance, media arts, and integrated (multidisciplinary) arts. It also seeks to raise public awareness of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities.

CITY OF KINGSTON - City of Kingston Heritage Fund

Discipline: Culture, Lifestyle

A sum of $215,000 was approved in Kingston’s 2014 operating budget, for distribution in the 2014-2015 CKHF grant cycle.  The balance of $37,366 plus interest remaining in the Heritage Fund account as unallocated from 2013, will be added to this total, bringing the amount available for distribution to $252,366.  For the first time this year, grants will be available in both the project and operating grant streams. $50,000 has also been designated for projects related to telling the story of Sir John A. Macdonald, in celebration of the bicentennial of his birth in 2015.


Discipline: Youth

PROkids links Kingston children and youth aged 0-18 lacking sufficient financial resources with partnering sport, culture, arts and recreation organizations.  We help with program registration fees, assist with the child's equipment and transportation as needed, and raise money to ensure all qualified children and youth receive financial support. PROkids also organizes the Great Skate Donate and Kicks 4 Kids campaigns which collect gently-used skates and soccer equipment to distribute to those in need.


Deadline: Ongoing 


Discipline: Arts, Culture

The Teaching Artist Roster is a resource for the City, schools, organizations and communities interested in hiring artists for arts and cultural education projects and programs at their sites. These artists have been reviewed by a panel of arts education experts and selected on the basis of their experience, mastery of technique and strong references. 


Deadline: Ongoing 


Discipline: All

The Community Grants program provides grants in all the Foundation’s fields of interest: Arts and Culture, Community Development, Education and Literacy, Environment, Health and Social Services, Heritage Preservation, Recreation, and Youth.  Within the Community Grants program there are several funds with a specialized geographic or thematic focus. Of particular note, substantial funding is available to support projects in the area of children’s mental health.


Deadline: February 9th (Spring) and September 9th (Fall)

Fusion: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association

Discipline: Clay, Glass, Youth, Service

FUSION acts as both local and global voice of the Ontario clay and glass community to government, business and the general public, using an increasing variety of well-managed, innovative and cooperative activities to accomplish its mandate. Their awards provide funding for clay and glass artists wishing to further their education.


Deadline: March 31, 2015 


Discipline: Advanced Research

The National Gallery of Canada is proud to be the permanent home of the world’s most comprehensive collection of Canadian art. The Research Fellowships Program of the National Gallery of Canada encourages and supports advanced research. The fellowships emphasize the use and investigation of the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, including those of the Library and Archives. The fellowships are open to art historians, curators, critics, independent researchers, conservators, conservation scientists and other professionals in the visual arts, museology and related disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, who have a graduate degree or equivalent publication history.


Deadline: July 31, 2015 

Ontario arts council - General

Discipline: Arts, Culture, Community

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) fosters the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians. With more than 50 funding programs for Ontario-based artists and arts organizations supported by the Ontario government, the OAC provides assistance for anything ranging from special activities, periodic activities, to ongoing operations. The OAC also offers awards, prizes, and scholarships from private funds managed by the Ontario Arts Foundation.

ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL - Funds Support Deaf Artists and Artists with Disabilities

Discipline: Arts

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is deeply committed to ensuring that all Ontarians have access to the arts and to ensuring that our programs are open to Deaf artists and artists with disabilities.


Deadline: July 3, 2015 

Ontario Association of Art Galleries

Discipline: Arts, Philanthropy , Heritage, Science, Community

OAAG is a registered charitable organization. Established in 1968, OAAG was incorporated in Ontario by letters patent on October 9, 1970. The Ontario Association of Art Galleries fosters a sustainable, healthy, diverse, public art gallery sector to further the visual arts as a key component of the cultural life of the province. Through advocacy, professional development, and network-building, OAAG advances and empowers Ontario public art galleries.

ontario crafts council

Discipline: Crafts

Craft Ontario aims to achieve its vision and mission by offering the public opportunities to engage with craft through exhibitions, retail programming, publications such as StudioMagazine, and by partnering with other art-based organizations, institutions, and trade shows. Craft award recipients are accomplished and dedicated practitioners in the field of craft and design. From makers that create innovative and exceptional work to curators, administrators, writers and volunteers who support the craft community, each recipient is recognized as an important contributor to contemporary craft practice.


Deadline: June 19, 2015  

ontario ministry of culture

Discipline: Arts, Culture, Librarires, Museums, Heritage, History, Tourism, Festival

Grants Ontario provides access to information regarding grants that are available to all Ontarionians. 


Discipline: Culture, Youth, Sustainable Environment

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and Canada’s largest granting foundation. Over $110 million is awarded annually to some 1,300 nonprofit and charitable organizations across the province. For each action area the OTF has identified, a set of Priority Outcomes that are backed by leading research and practice in the nonprofit sector. Every grant we make is an investment in only those activities that will achieve one of these priorities. Every grant recipient makes a commitment to achieve specific results with the support of our knowledgeable and experienced staff.

Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston

Discipline: Innovation, Community

Rotary is a non-political, non-religious service club that welcomes diversity in its members. The guiding principles of Rotary are reflected in the “4-Way Test” and in the Objects of Rotary.


Deadline: March 31, 2015

The Actors' Fund of Canada

Discipline: Theatre, Film, Television, Music, Dance

The Actors’ Fund is a registered charity that has paid out over $4.5 million in rent payments, grocery money, utility payments and other basic living expenses in the last 10 years. Performers, creators, technical staff and other production team members can benefit from the Fund, which receives no government funding and is wholly sustained by support from individuals and entertainment industry organizations. The Actors’ Fund of Canada provides short-term financial assistance to members of the Canadian entertainment industry who have encountered an unforeseeable emergency.

Theatre Ontario

Discipline: Theatre

Theatre Ontario is committed to ensuring that theatre stays strong, vibrant and sustainable in our province, an ideal for Ontarians today and in the future. Their page contains links to arts councils and foundations of interest to theatre artists and cultural organizations based in Ontario, as well as training grants, current capital funding programs and online tools to assist in your research and revenue generating plans.



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