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Artist Funding

There is no art without the artist, and it has been particularly difficult being an artist in recent years. We are honoured to be able to fund artists whenever we can, whether to directly assist in the costs of their artistic endeavours, or to help provide sustenance so that they may continue creating. Below are some of our funding programs and initiatives.

Cahoots is an Ontario Arts Council recommender for the RGTCs. These are annual grants. The deadline for this year's applications was October 2, 2023, 1 p.m. ET.

We will prioritize applicants who identify as artists of colour and Indigenous artists, artists with disabilities, queer artists - particularly transgender and non-binary.

Please visit this link to learn more about the RGTCs.

If you have any questions, please email Lisa Alves, Cahoots Theatre's Managing Producer by email

TIP: Check out Cahoots Theatre's RGTC Info Session we uploaded in 2021. This could help you on how to approach your RGTC applications for Cahoots Theatre and other companies. Most of the information is the same since the filming of the info, but please look at the OAC link to get the most up to date information.

A community care program we created in September 2020, in which microgrants of $100 or $200 were provided for assistance with groceries, medication, transportation, or other essential needs. We distributed $20,000 to 120 members of our community.

There were more people we wanted to support through the RGTCs than we were able to. What we opted to do was award to those artistic concepts that we mutually felt showed the most promise a higher amount, through an initiative we named The Promising Pen, instead of supporting them via RGTC. This allowed us to give Recommender Grants to some artists whose applications may have not been quite as strong, but whose potential and ideas we wanted to encourage and nurture.
Artist Recipients: Aria Evans, Bessie Cheng, Camila Diaz-Varela, Chase Lo, James Dallas Smith, Kitoko, Marie Beath Badian, Mohammad Yaghoubi, Ophira Calof, Rinchen Dolma

BankAbility was conceived to provide modest creation/maintenance funding for Canadian artists with disabilities. Each artist received $2,000 in support, and six Community Recommender companies: Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival, Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture, Phoenix The Fire, Sick + Twisted Theatre, Tangled Art & Disability, and Workman Arts assisted in choosing the recipients.
Artist Recipients: Elena Anciro, Siobhan Barker, Alessio Convito, Sivert Das, Gaitrie Dhunmoon-Persaud, Jaideep Goray, Yousef Kadoura, Lana Lovell, Stephen Lytton, Kate MacDonald, Lisa Anita Wegner, Andrea Von Wichert