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Aug 23, 2019

Crow’s Theatre wishes to support the variety of needs and approaches that individual creators or collectives may have in creating original work. We are interested in projects that are in all stages of development. We would like to support theatre creators who are working on new play texts, creation based-models, found sources, and with unusual combinations of the three. 
Crow’s Theatre is 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 ($1,000.00 to $5,000.00 each) based on the merit of a project and subject to final approval at the council level. 
With the Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators, we would like to enable creators to:
  • Begin initial research on a new project,
  • Create a solid first draft of a new play,
  • Further refine a current draft of a new play, or
  • If the project is collectively devised, find some time in a studio to develop material.
Crow’s will take heed of projects that could eventually be supported by Crow’s Theatre beyond the Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program.
In recommending a project for this grant, we will evaluate:
  • The quality of the proposed project (as evidenced in the proposal and/or the artist’s previous work).
  • Clarity about the developmental path for the project.
  • Crow’s Theatre is committed to supporting work and artists that reflect a diversity of perspectives. 


The program accepts applications from individuals and creation collectives, but not organizations.
To be eligible for OAC project funding, you must:
  • be a professional artist,
    • The OAC defines a professional artist as someone who has developed skills through training or practice, is recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition, has a history of public presentation or publication, seeks payment for her or his work and actively practices his or her art. Short breaks in artistic work history are allowed.
  • be a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada, or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this,
  • be a resident of Ontario who has lived in Ontario for a minimum of one year prior to making a grant application,
  • have a permanent physical address in Ontario, and
  • live in Ontario no less than eight months a year.
To be eligible for OAC project funding, your collective must: 
  • be mostly composed of professional artists or arts professionals,
  • have at least 50% of its members residing in Ontario,
  • not be an incorporated organization,
  • have a permanent physical address in Ontario, and
  • operate on a not-for-profit basis.
IMPORTANT: Individual recommenders may have additional eligibility requirements relating to geography, gender, culture, etc.


The following are not eligible for funding:
  • applications from individuals or collectives whose projects were 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., and/or
  • production workshop costs


This year, the entire application process will take place via the NOVA platform, accessible via the OAC website from September 3, 2019.
Crow’s Theatre will require the following material with all applications to be submitted on the NOVA platform by 1:00pm on September 30, 2019:
  • An up-to-date CV/resume,
  • A concise one-page outline of the project describing the goals and objectives for the project as well as its history,
  • A half-page statement describing how the project contributes to the artist’s growth at the moment,
  • A writing sample if applicable (to a maximum of 15 pages), and


Projects submitted to Crow's Theatre will not be reviewed after our submission deadline. The program runs from September 3, 2019 to January 17, 2020. Applications and more information can be found at, the OAC website. All recommendations are subject to OAC approval. This year, the maximum number of applications that can be submitted to multiple recommenders is TEN.