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 Ottawa Fringe
Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators



Once again the Ottawa Fringe Festival is serving as a third-party recommender
for the Ontario Arts Council’s Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program
(previously known as Theatre Creators’ Reserve).

Applications will open September 10th, with a deadline of December 14, 2020, 1:00 pm EST.

N.B. We’re using less paper. Applications will be accepted through NOVA only.


What is the Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program?

The Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program supports theatre creators in creating new work. Decisions are made by organizations on behalf of OAC, operating as third-party recommenders.

Can I apply?

To be eligible for the program you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident; an Ontario resident (and for the purposes of our grants, live and create in Ottawa); and a professional artist (as defined by the OAC).

Individuals and collectives are eligible, HOWEVER organizations are ineligible.

Wondering about your eligibility? Contact us before submitting your application.

What does the program fund?

The program will fund any type of creation activity by eligible applicants.

Okay, so then what doesn’t it fund?

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • applications from individuals or collectives whose reports for previously awarded OAC grants are overdue or incomplete;
  • work that has been completed before you have received notification by the recommender;
  • creation of non-theatre work – e.g. fiction, poetry, film, radio or TV, etc.;
  • workshops and productions
  • activities in French (see the Théâtre – projets francophones program)

How much can I apply for?

The minimum amount you can request is $1,000. The maximum is $5,000. We may, however, recommend less than you request (though not less than $1,000).

You can apply to up to TEN organizations in the same year (for the same project or for different projects) and may also receive more than one RGTC grant in any one year.


We are looking to fund under-represented, emerging, and new generation artists, living and creating in Ottawa. We will only fund artists who live in Ottawa.

Our definition of “emerging” is broadened slightly, to include artists who may be quite experienced but could be writing/creating for the first time (e.g. an actor writing their first play).

Who makes decisions about funding?

Grant recommendations will be made by Patrick Gauthier, Festival Director; and Brittany Johnston, Associate Festival Director.

How will applications be assessed?

Applications will be assessed based on artistic merit and interest, quality of the artistic process, and impact on Ottawa artists. Grant amounts will be determined based on the scope and scale of the proposed project, as well as the feasibility of the proposed work plan.

Basically: get us excited about your project, articulate a thoughtful process, and let us know how the project will benefit Ottawa artists.

Great info! How do I apply?

Applying is easy:  Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. Before applying, you must create or update your profile in Nova.

Your application includes:

  • basic information about the project
  • your answers to application questions
  • name of recommender you are applying to
  • artistic examples as required by the recommender theatre company
  • support documents

Even more application guidelines and information about the RGTC program can be found on the OAC website.

Questions, Comments or Concerns?

Contact Brittany Johnston, Associate Festival Director, Metcalf Foundation Intern
613-232-6162 / [email protected]