OAC Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators

Funding for New Play Development


2020 submission deadline & details to be announced


For information on eligibility, application guidelines and application form, please visit the OAC website.

The Thousand Islands Playhouse is very proud to participate in the Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program. As a third-party recommender, we are able to allocate funds (minimum $1,000, maximum $5,000) based on the merit of a project and subject to final approval at the council level. 

Priority given to work originating from artists in Eastern Ontario, exploring our own history or themes relevant to our regional communities. The Playhouse will evaluate applications as per the following criteria:

  • Does the applicant and their project align with our goal of supporting artists originating from Eastern Ontario using theatre to explore our history and/or themes relevant to our regional communities?
  • Is the proposed project innovative, compelling, and creatively exciting?
  • Is the application complete, thoughtful, and well prepared?

ABOUT RECOMMENDER GRANTS: Recommenders are organizations authorized by OAC to receive applications, review them and make grant recommendations. OAC allocates a budget to each of the participating recommenders. Within six weeks of an application deadline, the recommender will notify OAC of their grant recommendations. Funding recommendations are reviewed by OAC for final eligibility, and OAC then sends you an email letting you know that your notification letter is available online in Nova. If recommended a grant, individuals must enter their Social Insurance Number (SIN) and acknowledge the notification letter in Nova. OAC then sends the grant cheque by regular mail. 

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY: You may receive more than one Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators grant in any one program year (September 2019 – January 2020), towards one project or for different projects. You may receive recommendations from more than one recommender in the same program year. You may apply for a maximum of ten Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators each program year. Important: Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.

professional theatre artists who are residents of Ontario with a permanent physical address in Ontario
ad hoc groups/collectives composed of a majority of Ontario residents
Please read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.

non-professional applicants
employees or board members of the recommending theatre organization, or immediate family members of staff or board members

creation of non-theatre work – e.g. film, radio or TV, fiction, poetry, etc.
workshop costs 
activities in French (see the Théâtre – projets francophones program)

ACTIVITY TIMING: The activities for which you are requesting funding:
cannot start before the recommender theatre’s deadline
cannot finish before you receive your grant results, up to six weeks after the recommender theatre’s deadline
must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results

FINAL REPORTING: If you receive a grant you must submit a final report upon completion of the project. See Terms and Conditions — receipt of OAC project grant funds for more information on reporting obligations.

Basic information about the project
Your answers to application questions* which are:
—— Tell us about your (or your group’s) overall artistic work, history and achievements. What is important to you in your work (cultural influences, your identity, geography, community, language, etc.) and why? If you identify with one or more of OAC’s priority groups, or if your ad hoc group/collective or organization is mandated to serve one or more of OAC’s priority groups, you may choose to refer to this here. (Maximum 300 words)
—— What are you planning to do, and what do you want to achieve with this project? (Maximum 425 words)
Name of recommender you are applying to
Artistic examples as required by the recommender theatre company
Support documents

For ad hoc groups/collectives, explain why this particular group of people has come together. Please list all the individuals in the group here.
Explain the “why” of the project – why are you doing it, why is it artistically compelling, why did you choose this project and why is the project timely? You should describe the creation process you will be using.

Script sample of proposed project or, if the project is not yet written, a sample of past work (8 pages max)
Biographies of the artist(s) involved (1 page max)

HOW TO APPLY: Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. Before applying, you must create or update your profile in Nova. For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide. If you require additional support or alternative services during your application process, please visit the OAC’s Alternative Services page.

2020 SUBMISSION DEADLINE: To be announced

CONTACT: If you have questions, please contact Sophia Fabiilli, Associate Artistic Director at sophia@1000islandsplayhouse.com or call 613 382 7086 x28