Ontario Arts Council

Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators

Recommender Grants for Theatre Artists is an Ontario Arts Council Program. The purpose is to assist theatre creators to develop new work.

This is a third-party recommender program. Using Nova, OAC’s online grant application system, theatre creators apply to theatre companies designated as recommenders for the program (a maximum of ten applications per year). These recommenders assess applications and submit grant recommendations to OAC.

Suitcase in Point is proud to be a part of this program as a recommender. Artists interested in applying for this program are asked to familiarize themselves with the kind of work we do and the artists we engage. Preference will be given to applications that fulfill our mandate.

This is an opportunity for the creator to work on a first draft or a project in its early phases of development.  If the applicant is a collective, the grant allows for initial collaboration and exploration.

Suitcase in Point priorities include: new collaborative processes, multi-media, satire and the work of regional, BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ++ artists.

An Artistic Committee, made up of the Artistic Director and Artistic Associates will review submissions.

OAC Theatre Recommender

Applications for Recommender Grants for Theatre Artists are to be submitted through Nova, OAC’s online granting system and funding decisions are made by Suitcase in Point.

Program for: Individuals & Collectives

Purpose: To assist theatre creators to develop new work.

Eligibility: The program assists Ontario-based professional theatre creators, and informal collectives of creators, by funding them to create work.

Deadline: December 12, 2022, 1p.m. ET

Program Guidelines & Application Form

See Program Guidelines here.

We will determine grant amounts depending on the amount of applications received and give priority to applications that best relate to the programs guidelines and submission requests. Feasibility, artistic merit, and project details will help determine funds to be allocated.

Recommender Grants for Theatre Artists Application

To apply, please prepare and submit application through OAC’s online granting system here.

Project Proposal

A proposal in a letter or statement of intent that includes artistic goals and objectives relating to your project, and any other information about previous workshops, readings or dramaturgy. Also include a brief statement describing how the project contributes to your development as an artist. Please indicate if you have any plans to publicly share this phase of your work.


A script excerpt of proposed project OR past writing samples OR synopses OR link to video/audio.


An up-to-date CV or resume (theatre company and/or playwriting and/or artistic collaborators).


A budget listing your expenses that clearly shows how you plan to allocate the funds you may receive for the duration of the time you propose to write.