Grant Writing Workshops and Mentorships for Deaf Artists

Grant Writing Workshops and
Mentorships for Deaf Artists

Plus other supports and resources for
Deaf Artists and Artists with Disabilities

grant writing workshops and mentorship opportunities;
granting programs for Deaf artists and artists with disabilities;
funding for application accessibility support;
funding for project accessibility support; and
OAC’s Inclusive Application Process policy.
Workshop and Mentorship Opportunities

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is pleased to partner with Anita Small from Small Language Connections and Joanne Cripps from the Deaf Culture Centre for grant writing workshops and mentorship sessions for Deaf artists.

The workshops will cover a number of topics on how to prepare an OAC grant application, including:

how to describe an artistic vision;
how to detail the activities;
how to prepare a balanced budget;
how to prepare a resume and biography;
how to provide strong artistic support material.
The workshops will be followed by one-on-one mentorship sessions to help Deaf artists develop their grant writing skills and assist with the grant application process.

Workshops will be in ASL.

Workshop – Part One

Thursday, November 30, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ontario Arts Council
121 Bloor Street East, 7th Floor
Toronto, Ontario

Workshop – Part Two

(Attendance at Workshop – Part One is required)
Friday, December 1, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ontario Arts Council
121 Bloor Street East, 7th Floor
Toronto, Ontario

Additional workshops for Deaf artists will be offered in spring 2018.


Follow up one-on-one mentorships provided to workshop attendees by Anita Small. Details will be available at the workshop.


Spaces are limited. Please indicate any accessibility needs or dietary restrictions when you register.

Register by contacting:
Habibah Haque
Program Administrator
416-961-1660, ext. 5081
1-800-387-0058, ext. 5081

Granting Programs for Deaf Artists and Artists with Disabilities

The OAC has a number of granting programs that were created specifically to meet the needs of artists who are Deaf or have a disability.

Deaf and Disability Arts Projects
Deaf and Disability Arts: Materials for Visual Artists
Third Party Recommender programs

Tangled Art + Disability are an external recommender accepting applications for Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators and Exhibition Assistance. Artists apply to theatre companies, galleries and organizations designated as recommenders for these programs. Recommenders assess applications and make funding decisions.

Deaf artists, artists with disabilities, and Deaf and disability arts organizations are also eligible to apply to all other OAC programs.

Funding for Application Accessibility Support

Applicants who need support to complete their grant applications can apply for funds to cover the costs of assistance from service providers. Up to $500 is available per eligible applicant per fiscal year. You should request this funding from the program officer or program administrator of the program or OAC’s information services coordinator at least six weeks before the granting program deadline.

Funding for Project Accessibility Support

When making a grant application for a project, you can also include the cost of any accessibility expenses associated with the project. Individual artists, ad hoc groups/collectives with one or more members who are Deaf or who have a disability, and incorporated organizations that have a mandate to serve Deaf artists and artists with disabilities and are disability-led can request this fund.

Eligible expenses include costs for making a project accessible to the artist(s) involved, audiences, participants or learners, but do not include capital costs or accessibility supports needed for day-to-day living.

You can contact the Program Officer or Program Administrator of the program that you applied to, or OAC’s Information Service Coordinator, if you need to make a request after already having submitted your project application.

Inclusive Application Process Policy

The OAC has an Inclusive Application Process Policy which allows Deaf applicants or applicants with a disability to make use of an alternate form or process when submitting their application.

If you require an alternate application process, please contact the program administrator of the granting program you wish to apply to no later than two weeks (preferably four weeks) in advance of the deadline as some formats may not be immediately available.

Deaf, what? Project



So excited about our “Deaf, what?” Project. and I have been collaborating together since summer, travelled to Montreal, Ottawa, London and visited with locals to get their headshots and stories told! We will have our exhibition at @tangled_arts gallery from Jan 18th to Feb 17! We will be heading to Vancouver next week. Two weeks after that, Calgary, then Halifax! If you or know someone who would be a great candidate for this project, please let me know via email – the purpose of this project as stated in the bio, “The history of Canada’s treatment towards Deaf people include acts of audism, spanning more than a couple of centuries. It’s time for more visibility, awareness, and recognition. We are inviting you to explore our lives through our intersectional experiences in ‘Deaf, what?’ ” thank you to Tangled Art & Disability for making this project possible with funding to travel to different cities across Canada. Without your support, it wouldn’t be possible. #DeafTalent #DeafPhotographer #Deaf #DeafWhat#DeafDocumentary #DeafFilmMaker #DeafWhatProject #DeafPride#DeafInCanada #DeafCanadians



Guess what? Ontario Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (ORAD) will be hosting a workshop series called “Healthier Selves, Healthier Relationships, Healthier Communities.”

Dates & Topics


Each workshop will run from 1 PM – 4 PM in the afternoon.

Nov 5th – Mental Health & Self Care

Nov 12th – Exercise & Nutrition

Nov 19th – Drug Use & Harm Reduction

Nov 26th – Sexual Health & Queer Identity

Feb 4th – Boundaries & Communication

Feb 11th – Recognizing Red Flags & Community Accountability

Feb 18th- Social Justice and Human Rights

Feb 25th – Intersectionality & Interdependency

Location: All workshops will take place at the 519 Community Centre on 519 Church Street (north of Wellesley Street). The building is wheelchair accessible. There are wheelchair accessible and gender neutral bathrooms. More Information The workshop series will be free for anyone who wants to attend.

For those who want to attend in person, please come scent free. We will offer healthy refreshments for a healthy mindset. We are offering the workshop series in ASL (American Sign Language).

For people who prefer a different set of accommodations, we will either offer spoken English translation or live transcribing.

If you are unable to attend, do not worry – the event will be live-streamed via ORAD’s Facebook.

Also, we will be having an additional workshop for those who want to learn how to film informative sign language videos – you will need to apply for that as we will be selecting up to ten individuals to participate. So please look out for that vlog soon! Even though the workshops are free, we strongly encourage you to donate to ORAD so we can continue to provide you with all the cool free programming.