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The Town of Uxbridge is planning an Outdoor Carving Symposium consisting of 1 - 3 pieces of work to be executed in a park setting that will allow for public viewing during the creation process. We have a budget, that must be accepted by the successful applicants. The finished project will be Donated to the Town of Uxbridge and installed at the Town's expense. Primary material: Indiana Limestone provided by the town. Alternate Materials: The committee will be glad to accept proposals based on alternate materias such as found or recycled items and/or wood, cement or other building materials that may come within budget considerations. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, July, 15, 2015. Complete details can be viewed at our website: www.avecuxbridge.ca

Arts & Cultural Grants

Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

Deadline: July 15th and December 15, 2018

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is a third-party recommender for the Ontario Arts Council’s (OAC) Exhibition Assistance Grants program. 

This program supports Ontario-based artists and artist collectives working in visual arts, craft and media art practices in the presentation of their artwork in a confirmed public exhibition. The 2018-19 program is active from June 15, 2018 until January 15, 2019 and the Varley Art Gallery has two fixed submission dates: July 15 and December 15, 2018. We encourage applications from artists residing in York Region and from artists who reflect the cultural diversity of our region. Recommendations are based on artistic merit and the professional context of the project.

New this year, all applications are submitted through the OAC’s Nova online site. Please visit the OAC’s website for more information on this recent change, as well as a breakdown of eligible and ineligible expenses.

For more information contact Anik Glaude, Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 905-477-7000 x3262

Community Improvement Plan: Grants for Office Redevelopment and Downtown Revitilization in Richmond Hill

Application Deadline: TBC

The CIP outlines three grant programs that businesses and property owners can utilize:

Tax Increment Equivalent Grant (TIEG) for Office The Tax Increment Equivalent Grant supports the development of new office space that is 1,600 square meters or greater within the Town’s Centres and Corridors as well as the Newkirk and East Beaver Creek Business Parks through the return of portions of property taxes over a 10-year period.

Building Renovation Grant Program The Building Renovation Grant Program provides grants of up to $50,000 for building renovations resulting in the creation of new office space within the Downtown Local Centre, Oak Ridges Local Centre and the Newkirk and Beaver Creek Business Parks.

Façade Improvement, Landscape and Signage Grant The Façade Improvement, Landscape and Signage Grant provides grants ranging in value from $1,000 to $32,500 for projects that are related to the revitalization of the Downtown Local Centre.

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Indigenous Cultural Fund 

Application Deadline: Multiple and ongoing deadlines for each of the three granting categories under this program.

The Ontario Arts Council's Indigenous Culture Fund (ICF) was created to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, culture and way of life. The new fund is administered by Indigenous staff members at the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), on behalf of the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS). 

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Ontario Trillium Foundation

OTF is pleased to announce that it will be providing a number of grant opportunities in 2018 with the following application deadlines:
GROW (dates revised)

  • Organization Registration Deadline: April 25, 2018
  • Application Deadline: May 16, 2018

CAPITAL (dates revised)

  • Organization Registration Deadline: July 25, 2018
  • Application Deadline: August 15, 2018

TRANSFORM (new dates)

  • Organization Registration Deadline: October 17, 2018
  • Application Deadline: November 7, 2018

YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES FUND (new dates)

  • Expression of Interest Deadline: August 30, 2018
  • Organization Registration Deadline: October 31, 2018

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Granting & Funding Agencies 

 

Ontario Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council is an arm's-length agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. OAC's grants and services to professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations support arts education, Aboriginal arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Franco-Ontarian arts, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, touring, and visual arts.

In 2013-2014, OAC funded 1,737individual artists and 1,095 organizations in 223 Ontario communities, for a total of $52.1 million. Learn More

CanExport

The Government of Canada’s CanExport Program will provide up to $50 million over five years in direct financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada seeking to develop new export opportunities and markets, particularly high-growth priority markets and sectors. CanExport is expected to assist up to 1,000 exporters per year across the country. Learn More

Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in music, theatre, writing and publishing, visual arts, dance, media arts, and integrated and circus arts – fostering and promoting the arts in Canada since 1957. Learn More

Town of Georgina: Economic Development and Community Building Grant Program

Deadline: Ongoing

The Economic Development and Community Building Grant Program provides financial assistance to programs/events that serve to promote the Town of Georgina externally, generates economic opportunities for the local business community and provides for the betterment of the Community. Learn More

Ontario Trillium Foundation

One of the largest grantmakers in Canada, Ontario Trillium Foundation is unique for its deployment of 330 volunteers to review and analyze more than 3,000 grant applications each year. To make great grants that help create vibrant and healthy communities, program staff rely on our volunteers to bring their knowledge of local community needs and sectoral expertise to the grant review process.

OTF awards approximately 1,500 grants each year to community-based not-for-profits and charitable organizations in the arts, recreation, environment and human and social services sectors. An agency of the Ontario government with an annual budget of over $100 million, OTF is always looking for ways to be a more effective grantmaker as well as a thought leader.

In 2013, the Ontario Trillium Foundation celebrated thirty years of granting. The Foundation marked this important milestone with a reflection on its successes, challenges, and lessons learned over the past three decades. Learn More

First Nations Writers Grant Proposal Handbook & Guidance

The First Peoples' Cultural Council is a First Nations-run Crown Corporation with a mandate to support the revitalization of Aboriginal language, arts and culture in British Columbia. We provide funding and resources to communities, monitor the status of First Nations languages and develop policy recommendations for First Nations leadership and government. For many of us, writing a grant application or proposal can seem overwhelming. Simply figuring out which funding program to apply to can be confusing and explaining our ideas clearly on an application form isn’t always easy.

Arts staff at FPCC developed the Artist Grant Proposal Writing Handbook to offer suggestions and clarify the process of writing an arts grant proposal. Learn More

 

 

ArtsBuild Ontario and Community Forward Foundation have established The Energize Microloan Fund to provide Ontario’s nonprofit arts organizations with the opportunity to make their spaces more energy efficient and contribute to global greening efforts with access to capital and ArtsBuild Ontario’s programs and services.

This fund will provide nonprofit arts organizations small loans from $2,500 to $5,000 at an interest rate of 3.5%* that can be used for the purpose of funding projects that could reduce their energy consumption or towards plans, reports or audits needed to qualify for/or understand the energy efficiency of their buildings.

- See more at: http://www.artsbuildontario.ca/financing/energize-microloan-for-the-arts/#sthash.fduReqAD.dpuf

ArtsBuild Ontario and Community Forward Foundation have established The Energize Microloan Fund to provide Ontario’s nonprofit arts organizations with the opportunity to make their spaces more energy efficient and contribute to global greening efforts with access to capital and ArtsBuild Ontario’s programs and services.

This fund will provide nonprofit arts organizations small loans from $2,500 to $5,000 at an interest rate of 3.5%* that can be used for the purpose of funding projects that could reduce their energy consumption or towards plans, reports or audits needed to qualify for/or understand the energy efficiency of their buildings.

- See more at: http://www.artsbuildontario.ca/financing/energize-microloan-for-the-arts/#sthash.fduReqAD.dpuf

ArtsBuild Ontario and Community Forward Foundation have established The Energize Microloan Fund to provide Ontario’s nonprofit arts organizations with the opportunity to make their spaces more energy efficient and contribute to global greening efforts with access to capital and ArtsBuild Ontario’s programs and services.

This fund will provide nonprofit arts organizations small loans from $2,500 to $5,000 at an interest rate of 3.5%* that can be used for the purpose of funding projects that could reduce their energy consumption or towards plans, reports or audits needed to qualify for/or understand the energy efficiency of their buildings.

- See more at: http://www.artsbuildontario.ca/financing/energize-microloan-for-the-arts/#sthash.fduReqAD.dpuf
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CONFERENCE PROPOSALS

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: 8th Annual Creative Industries Symposium

The 8th annual Creative Industries Symposium is taking place on Nov 6, 2018 (Tues) at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. The theme is "Interaction of #Technology and #Creativity". To become a speaker, please email Economic Development at the Town of Richmond Hill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

VISUAL ARTS

Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts

Deadline: August 4, 2018

The juried art show is a multi-discipline arts program. Artists, this is an amazing chance to have your work evaluated by prominent jurors, measure your work against other entries, have it displayed in the beautiful Council Chambers in Uxbridge and perhaps sell your pieces. Learn More

Art in the Park Sarnia

Deadline: August 17th, 2018

The Art in the Park Sarnia is an outdoor, juried show. Applications require digital Images. Booth sizes start at 12' X 12'. Manufactured items are not accepted and non-Canadian made items are not accepted. Learn more.

Culture Days at Brampton Public Library

Deadline: August 24th, 2018

Culture Days @ the Library is an opportunity to create exciting and accessible programming for local communities while connecting libraries to the larger Culture Days network. Beyond literary events many libraries regularly host art exhibitions, music, theatre and dance performances, craft workshops, film screenings and so much more. For these reasons, public libraries are the ideal partners to present and host Culture Days activities across the province! Artists interested in taking part in Culture Days @ the Library are invited to submit a proposal. Learn more. 

Lambton Fall Colour & Craft Festival 

Deadline: August 31st, 2018

The Lambton Fall Colour & Craft Festval is an outdoor and juried show. Applications require digital Images and CV. Booth sizes start at 10x10 $150. Manufactured items are not accepted and non-Canadian made items are not accepted. Learn more. 

Downriver Craft & Gift Sale

Deadline: September 9th, 2018

The Downriver Craft & Gift Sale is an outdoor, non-juried show. Booth sizes start at $50 for 8' table indoor, $35 for 10 by 10 foot outdoor space. Manufactured items are accepted and non-Canadian made items are not accepted. Learn more.

JOLT! Art Fair

Deadline: September 14th, 2018 

TAVES (JOLT! Art Fair), which is being promoted as “Canada’s Ultimate Consumer Electronics Show” has moved to the International Centre this year and is scheduled for the weekend of October 12th – 14th. The audio-video-arts event has expanded over the past few years to include interactive robotic workshops for children, digital illustration and art, plus creative VR, with an expectation of over 10,000 consumers. Learn more.

Open Studio Exhibition Submissions

Deadline: September 15, 2018 11:59pm EST

Open Studio is an artist-run printmaking centre that presents a wide range of print media-based works from traditional to experimental, including work that, although not produced using traditional printmaking techniques, shares through its conceptual concerns a relationship to printmaking. Accepted formats include: 2 and 3-dimensional works, bookworks, digital and multi-media installation-based work. Proposals by individual artists, groups and curators will be considered. Learn more

Toronto Design Offsite Festival

Deadine: September 21, 2018

The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) brings people together to celebrate contemporary design across the city January 18-27, 2019.

Join the Festival to become a part of an exciting network of creative people, exhibitions, events, and a captive audience of designers and design-lovers. Last year we had 100+ events and exhibitions across the city, 140K+ visitors, 95+ million press impressions, and 500+ million total brand impressions. From design talks to experimental installations to prototypes to opening parties and curated exhibitions, the Festival featured the work of over 800 artists and designers.

Rotary Stratford Christmas Craft Festival 

Deadline: September 30th, 2018. 

The Rotary Stratford Christmas Craft Festival is an indoor, juried show. Applications require digital images and pricelist. Booth sizes start at 10 X 10 for $225.00. Manufactured items are not accepted and non-Canadian made items are not accepted. Learn more.

Ancaster Lions Craft and Gift Show

Deadline: October 1st, 2018.

The Ancaster Lions Craft and Gift Show is an indoor, non-juried show. Booth sizes start at 9x9 or 11x7. Manufactured items are accepted and non-Canadian made items are accepted. Learn more. 

Jubilee Artcraft

Deadline: October 31st, 2018.

The Jubilee ArtCraft is an indoor, juried show. Applications require digital Images. Booth sizes start at 6ft by 10ft. Manufactured items are not accepted and non-Canadian made items are not accepted. Learn more. 

Barrie Molson Centre Christmas Arts & Crafts Show

Deadline: November 1st, 2018. 

The Barrie Molson Centre Christine Arts and Crafts Show is an indoor juried show. Applications require digital Images. Booth sizes start at $390. Manufactured items are not aceepted and non-Canadian made items are not accepted. Learn more.

Latcham Gallery General Exhibition Submissions

Deadline: Ongoing

Description: The Latcham Gallery is committed to planning a balanced exhibition program and highlights work that stimulates the community in Whitchurch-Stouffville and reaches out to a larger art community in Ontario. We welcome proposals throughout the year from artists across Ontario (and nationally when possible) working in all media. Learn More

Toronto Digital Projects - Online Showcase for Emerging Artists

Deadline: Ongoing

Description: Toronto Digital Projects is a new curated virtual gallery for emerging artists creating digital paintings, animations, videos, GIFs and other forms of Post-Internet art. Supported by Canada Council for the Arts and Angell Gallery. Learn More

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham - Artist Level Membership

Deadline: Ongoing

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham introduced the new Artist Level membership, launching sumer 2015. The Artist Level membership (eligible for those 18 years or older) allows special access to the gallery's facilities, discount on art programs, reciprocal admission to 70+ participating Ontario Arts Galleries, and also a 10% discount at all Curry's Artists' Material locations.  Learn More

FILM & PERFORMING ARTS

York Region Association of Young Artists - Open Mic Nights

We invite all singers & performers that are looking for a family-friendly venue to perform in. We also invite a featured host for our events that are in the music industry and may have something to share with our guest performers.

Contact: Omar Rayman at 647-919-6627 or omar [dot] rayman [at] gmail [dot] com

MULTIDISCIPLINARY

WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITIES: Creative Writing Workshops (Firefly Creative Writing)

Deadline: Until Filled

Firefly Creative Writing offers a variety of creative writing workshops this Spring. Whether you are a beginner looking for a fun and easy creative writing workshop, a seasoned writer who wants an intensive experience with coaching to reach a deadline or goal, a seasoned writer ready to write a memoir, or are interested in delving into the world of poetry, there is a class for you. Full details HERE.

Toronto Digital Projects – Call for Digital Projects

Deadline: Ongoing - contact the TDP for details.

Toronto Digital Projects is a curated virtual gallery for emerging artists creating digital paintings, animations, videos, GIFs and other forms of post-Internet art. Projects selected for the site should be innovative in their use of digital media. Learn More

LaVaLab – Opportunity to set up a Free Profile

LaVaLab invites all Artists and Writers to set up a FREE profile including a bio and multiple frames to upload examples of work, complete with the ability to sub-categorize each piece for easy LaVaLab visitor searches. Artists and/or Writers can connect with each other, gain a new audience, access potential buyers and promote themselves with LaVaLab. The Editorials aim to keep creative talent abreast of relevant industry news, trends, events, competitions and professional opportunities. Learn More

Owl Ridge Acres - Self Guided Residencies

Deadline: Ongoing

Now accepting applications for Fall and Winter residencies. Owl Ridge Acres is a new creative residency hosting multidisciplinary artists, writers, musicians or photographers to focus on their practice. ORA offers weekly, monthly and seasonal self-guided residencies as well as daily retreats. Located in the town of Bancroft, Owl Ridge Acres offers a beautiful rural setting on a hobby farm surrounded by the rugged terrain and provincial parks of Central Ontario. Private rooms, studio/workshop space and common areas are all available to use over your stay. Learn More

York Region Arts Council, YRAC

1310 Kerrisdale Blvd., Unit 200
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 7B3

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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