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Resource Library

ACWR offers resources online and in our office where you can find books, templates, guides, publications and more in our Resource Library.

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Funding Resources

  • Regional

    Arts Council Windsor & Region’s In-Office Resource Library

    ACWR’s n-Office Resource Library offers free handouts to the community at large & larger publications available for sign-out for members, with the goal of aiding in the grant-writing process for artists, encouraging professional development in our local artistic community and promoting local community & socially-engaged artists and art projects. Click HERE to peruse our inventory of books and publications. 

    City of Windsor Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund

    The City of Windsor’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund (ACHF) invests in the soul of our City by providing financial assistance to locally-developed arts, culture and heritage projects that provide exciting, surprising and meaningful opportunities to strengthen our creative community. This funding initiative supports the City of Windsor’s priority to build a strong and stable creative community that contributes to a prosperous creative economy and to making Windsor an amazing place to live.

    Windsor Endowment for the Arts

    The Windsor Endowment for the Arts (WEA) is a registered charitable organization founded to provide Windsor-Essex artists and arts organizations with the financial support needed to develop a distinctive voice on the local, national and international stage. This voice is grounded in our cultural diversity and our region’s rich historical background.

    Windsor Essex Community Foundation

    The Windsor-Essex Community Foundation is building a better Windsor-Essex, now and for generations to come, by attracting and managing legacy funds, addressing community needs through grant making, and bringing community partners together. We are leaders in community development who help to identify and fill needs by supporting not-for-profit organizations with funding and expertise.

  • Provincial

    Craft Ontario
    Citizens of Craft is a national project, led by Craft Ontario, in participation with the provincial and territorial craft councils of Canada, as well as the Canadian Crafts Federation. The goals of this project are to clarify and deepen the public’s understanding of craft and make craft more accessible to Canadians.  Citizens of Craft is a movement. A movement of makers, of appreciators, of shoppers, of admirers – of anyone whose values match our values of heritage, innovation, the leading edge, traditional, authentic, and entrepreneurial.

    Ontario Arts Foundation
    A vehicle for private giving to the arts through endowments and awards

    Ontario Arts Council 
    OAC offers more than 50 funding programs for artists and arts organizations based in Ontario, with funds from the Ontario government. Grants provide assistance for specific activities and for the ongoing operating expenses of an organization; we also provide support for a period of time. OAC grants are open to professional artists, groups or collectives and arts organizations based in Ontario.

    Ontario Trillium Foundation
    The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) distributes its funding to charities and not-for-profits through three granting programs: Community and Province-Wide programs and the Future Fund. Within those programs, funding is allocated in four sectors: Arts and Culture, Environment, Sports and Recreation, and Human and Social Services.

    Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab

    The SPARK program is a region-wide call for applications from individuals, small businesses, and not-for-profits to pitch tourism ideas and have a chance at receiving mentorship and funding to bring their idea to fruition. This is an opportunity for creatives and business owners to try and take their passion to the next level and help to invigorate their regions as a hub for tourism in Canada.

    Theatre Ontario
    Theatre Ontario is a charitable, not-for-profit association of professional, community, and educational theatre organizations and artists with a variety of Programs and Services and Resources available for you. Theatre Ontario develops and supports theatre practitioners across the province, by providing resources, networking, training, and advocacy. Theatre Ontario operates two training grant programs: Professional Theatre Training Program and Youth Theatre Training Program

  • National

    Canada Council for the Arts
    The Canada Council provides grants to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations. Applications welcome from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, including people with disabilities

    Canadian Heritage
    Offer a broad range of grants and services to Canadian arts and culture organizations that promote Canadian content, foster cultural participation, active citizenship and participation in Canada’s civic life, and strengthen connections among Canadians

    Canadian Writers Foundation
    The foundation provides financial assistance to Canadian writers who are in financial distress.

    Cogeco Fund
    The COGECO Program Development Fund encourages the development and the production of new Canadian drama by Canadian writers to be produced by independent Canadian producers, in English or French, or (preferably) in both languages


    The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings provides artists with a list of funding opportunities and other resources to help build careers within Canada.

    Metcalf Foundation 
    The goal of the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation is to enhance the effectiveness of people and organizations working together to help Canadians imagine and build a just, healthy, and creative society.

    SOCAN-Music Funding Organizations
    SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) is a not-for-profit organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of millions of Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 130,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry.

    The Actors’ Fund of Canada
    The Actors’ Fund of Canada provides encouragement and short-term financial aid to help entertainment industry workers maintain their health, housing and ability to work after an illness, injury or sudden unemployment.

    The NBC Universal Canada TV series exchange
    The NBCUniversal Canada TV Series Exchange supports NBCUniversal Canada’s desire to develop talent and content here in Canada. This initiative is designed to introduce NBCUniversal Creative Executives to top Canadian writers and creators with series concepts destined for US/Canadian consideration.

    Writers Union of Canada
    The Writers’ Union of Canada is the national organization of professional writers of books. Now 1,900 members strong, the Union was founded 40 years ago to work with governments, publishers, booksellers, and readers to improve the conditions of Canadian writers. Resources area. Online open forum, Guide to getting published. List of resource publications. LIterary award

Other Resources

  • Professional Development

    ArtsBuild Ontario 
    ArtsBuild Ontario is the only organization in Ontario dedicated to realizing long-term solutions for building, managing and financing the sustainable arts facilities needed in Ontario communities.

    Book Publishers Professional Association
    The Book Publishers’ Professional Association aims to provide a meeting ground and a resource to professionals in various facets of the Canadian book trade. We organize timely and informative programs and events for members of the publishing community looking to expand their knowledge, skills and industry contacts.

    Business for the Arts
    Business for the Arts aims to strengthen arts and culture in Canada by connecting arts organizations to business patrons and volunteers through our artsScene and boardLink programs; by stimulating investment in the arts through matching incentives and sponsorship training for arts organization with artsVest; by communicating the value of investing in the arts through advocacy and research via our Roundtables and Surveys; and by providing a platform for arts organizations to celebrate their outstanding business partners in the arts through our National Awards Gala and media partnerships.

    Canadian Crafts Federation
    The Canadian Crafts Federation / Fédération Canadienne des Métiers d’Art is the national arts service organization that represents provincial and territorial craft councils and the Canadian craft sector. It advances and promotes the vitality and excellence of Canadian craft nationally and internationally to the benefit of Canadian craftspeople and the community at large.

    Craft Ontario
    Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a member-based, not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft by providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.

    Cultural Human Resources Council
    The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) strives to be at the center of vision and forward-thinking in the area of cultural human resources development. CHRC brings together representatives of arts disciplines and cultural industries in the cultural sector to address the training and career development needs of employers and cultural workers including artists, technical staff, managers and all others engaged professionally in the sector.

    Dance Ontario
    This organization’s website provides the most comprehensive and searchable list of schools in Canada as well as information about dance classes for independent professional dancers.

    Dancer Transition Resource Centre
    Founded in 1985, the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) is a national, charitable organization dedicated to helping dancers make necessary transitions into, within, and from professional performing careers. We also operate as a resource center for the dance community and general public and support activities that improve the socio-economic conditions of artists across the country.   DTRC Youtube Channel

    Dance Umbrella Ontario
    Dance Umbrella Ontario is a not-for-profit provider of management services to Ontario’s dance enterprises. DUO strengthens the dance sector through pro-active engagement in strategic and progressive initiatives. The DUO website has ‘The Business of Dance’ section which includes resources such as; budget templates, social media plans, tips on grant and resume writing and other information for independent dancers, choreographers and companies.

    Equity Showcase Theatre
    Equity Showcase Theatre exists to provide a range of training, professional development and performance opportunities to professional actors, and directors. Equity Showcase Theatre encourages the pursuit of discovery and mastery of the dramatic art form in order to honour the abundant talents of our artists, to support life-long careers, and to make a distinctive contribution to the body of dramatic arts in Canada.

    Hot Docs
    Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference, and market. Each year, the Festival presents a selection of more than 180 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe. Through its industry programs, Hot Docs also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals.

    Ontario Museums Association
    The Ontario Museum Association is the leading cultural organization ensuring a relevant and sustainable museum sector in the province for the benefit of Ontario residents and our global community.

    Playwrights Guild of Canada
    Playwrights Guild of Canada is a registered national arts service association mandated to advance the creative rights and interests of professional Canadian playwrights, promote Canadian plays nationally and internationally, and foster an active, evolving community of writers for the stage. Guild of Canada


    SPARC is a network whose purpose is to ignite and help sustain performing arts communities in rural and remote Ontario. In order for the performing arts scene to thrive, we believe there need to be people, services and systems that allow us to communicate with each other effectively. The SPARC network has been designed so that it is owned, developed and controlled by you, the individuals, groups, and organizations that make the performing arts happen in rural and remote areas.  Your networking needs, development goals, and artistic interests will inform the growth and evolution of SPARC over the next few years.

    Woman in Film and Television Toronto
    Founded in 1984, WIFT-T is a member-based organization of women and men working in screen-based media that supports the development and advancement of women in the industry.

    Work In Culture
    At WorkInCulture we Connect, Create, and Curate training and tools that help arts and culture professionals develop the business skills to match their creative talents.

  • Cultural Job Banks


  • Windsor & Detroit

    Free Space

    Free Space offers artists from the Windsor region to work on their art practice in a professional workspace. Free Space Residency will offer two slots per year in Arts Council Windsor & Region’s own ArtSpeak Gallery.  Artists of all practices and disciplines are encouraged to apply.

    Indus Detroit 

    Indus Detroit is an exhibition space, culture lab and (forthcoming) artist residency program located at 1713 Waverly Street in Detroit, a house recently renovated by the non-profit organization Dream of Detroit, a Muslim-led initiative to build a healthy community and empower marginalized neighborhoods also based in the neighborhood.  Dream of Detroit will work closely with Indus Detroit to develop community programming, neighborhood art workshops, and other public events.

    Popp’s Packing

    Popp’s Packing offers artist residencies for emerging and mid-career artists interested in an immersive experience in Hamtramck and Detroit. The program includes housing, studio space, access to facilities, and the opportunity to connect with local artists, arts organizations and institutional partners.

    Spread Art
    Spread Art is a grassroots non-profit organization that was founded in Bushwick, Brooklyn and relocated to Detroit, MI. The Spread Art residency program is located in the historic neighborhood of Woodbridge, Detroit.

    University of Windsor – Emerging Artist Research Residency (EARR)
    Each May, the University of Windsor, School of Visual Arts offers emerging artists an opportunity to research and produce work with access to the school’s facilities through a one-month residency. The EARR may be on hiatus in 2017 as we move into our beautiful new downtown facility. We look forward to working with artists again once we are able to accommodate the program. Keep an eye on our website for updates as they are available.

  • Provincial

    Art Gallery of Ontario AIR
    The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) Artist in Residence program is one of the first of its kind at a major Canadian arts institution. The resident artist studio space is located inside the Weston Family Learning Centre, in the AGO, Toronto, ON. Residencies last for twelve weeks and provide the artist with access to facilities and a stipend covering materials and living costs.

    Buddies in Bad Times Theater 

    Through this program, Buddies commissions and develops new queer work for the stage. Using a bespoke artist-centered approach, Buddies works with writers, theatre collectives, directors, performance artists, and choreographers to create meaningful opportunities to explore new work and the creative process through a distinctly queer lens.


    Centre3 for artistic and social practice is a not-for-profit, charitable artist-run center that connects, educates, and collaborates with people on local, regional, national and international levels. Located in Hamilton Ontario, Centre3 programs two artist residencies, one for artists at any stage of their career and another specifically catered towards emerging artists.

    Harbourfront Centre
    Offers annual, summer and short-term artist residencies for artists practicing contemporary fine craft and design. The disciplines accepted include metal, textiles, glass ceramics and design.

    Near North Mobile Media Lab 

    The Near North Mobile Media Lab creates opportunities for artists and audiences to engage with media arts in northern Ontario regardless of class, age, gender, race, ability, or sexual orientation. N2M2L facilitates educational workshops, presents exhibitions, screenings, and festivals, and provides support to our membership through equipment rentals, project assistance, and mentorships. Far from the centers of population in Ontario, our collective continues to encourage our peers and youth in their explorations of electronic media, in developing their film-making skills and through the professional presentation of their artworks.

    Open Studio
    Open Studio is a leading printmaking organization in Canada and a charitable, non-profit based in Toronto, ON. Open Studio offers a number of artist residencies of varying lengths and benefits for both printmakers and non-printmakers.

    Pelee Island Book House

    Offers retreats with famous authors in addition to self-guided residencies allowing writers to work on their manuscripts. These residencies and retreats are of varying lengths and can offer additional activities involving island exploration.

    Round Table Residency 

    The Roundtable Residency is a six week long peer-mentored and self-directed experimental artist residency program in Toronto ON, with an emphasis on emerging artists. The primary goal of the residency is to assist artists in the development of their practice and to facilitate collaborations among artists and other practitioners with disparate methodologies and experiences.

    Spark Box Studio
    Spark Box Studio’s Artist in Residence program provides living and working space to accommodate both emerging and professional printmakers, photographers, painters, illustrators, and writers. Spark Box Studio is located in Picton, ON.

    The Slaight Family Music Lab 

    The Slaight Music Residency is a creative and business initiative for composers and songwriters. It encourages the complete integration of music creators into the onscreen process while offering unique business opportunities to increase the use of Canadian music in film and TV.

    White Water Gallery Artist Residency 

    The White Water Gallery accepts proposals for “micro” residencies from 1 -3 weeks in length. These residencies are open to Canadian and International artists or groups interested in engaging our Northern Ontario community. Artist fees and travel are negotiated on a case by case basis and special funding may need to be secured in order to accommodate some projects.

  • National 

    A detailed list of residency opportunities throughout Canada showcases opportunities for artists and creatives practicing in many different fields and disciplines.

    Akimbo is a Toronto-based arts company that promotes local, national and international artists. Akimbo posts various arts-based residencies on their website.

    Banff Centre
    Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, in Banff, Alberta, offers multiple types of residencies for many different creative disciplines.

    CAAF Residency 

    The CAAF Residency is a program offered by the Calgary Allied Art Foundation (CAAF)—a non-profit organization that supports and encourages the development of art and culture in Calgary. The residency program was developed to offer studio space to emerging artists in 1-3 month durations.

    Fogo Island Arts
    Fogo Island Arts residency program brings contemporary artists and researchers from around the world to live and work on Fogo Island and Change Islands. The program welcomes the participation of artists and thinkers working in a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to: visual arts, new media, design, music, dance, writing, and film.

    Kingsbrae International Residency for the Arts 

    Each year KIRA awards fifteen artists with a one-month residency in St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada. Artists are provided with individual studio space, comfortable housing, up to two prepared meals each day and a stipend. Artists live on a historic property in a beautiful seaside town and work in studios located on the property. Applications are open to a range of disciplines and types of artists including but not limited to the visual arts, music/composition, new media, and interdisciplinary arts. Artists from all levels in their career who exhibit a strong professional work ethic and a collaborative attitude are encouraged to apply.

    Klondike Institute of Art & Culture

    The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) is an active center of cultural and social energy, hosting an ambitious schedule of courses, presentations, festivals, and exhibitions that follow programming priorities determined by a volunteer Board of Directors in consultation with KIAC staff.

    Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia 

    The primary goal of the Mermaid Theatre Loft Residency is to create a professional development opportunity for emerging and established professionals that are considered unique in Canadian theatre. Participants, with an interest in developing new work, or improve existing work, rooted in object and visual theatre, are encouraged to apply.

    Music by the Sea

    In 2012 Music by the Sea  (MBTS) initiated its first in a series of residencies for artists in Bamfield. This program is a part of our growing vision for MBTS at Bamfield. Eventually, there will be multiple simultaneous residencies, creating a community of artists that will be able to enjoy the benefits of solitude and a focused period of time for creation and practice but to also choose the benefits of collaborative experiences with other resident artists. This inaugural residency is a Winter Residency  (January 15 – February 15th), and we plan to add a Fall Residency as well.

    Ross Creek Centre for the Arts 

    The Ross Creek Centre for the Arts offers both self-directed and project-based residencies to professional artists working in one or more of the following media: visual art, writing, theatre, dance, film, music, performance art, photography, fiber arts, and video. Our Residencies provide a spectacular rural environment free from distraction. Each season offers a unique and changing landscape guaranteed to inspire artists of all disciplines.

    Writers Trust of Canada provides an in-depth list of writers residencies across Canada, from coast to coast. Including private and public opportunities this site offers many resources for writers in Canada to make use of to aid them in their careers.

  • International

    Resartis is the worldwide professional body for artist residencies. The site offers information on over 500 residencies from over 70 countries.

    The Dance Current 

    A comprehensive list of Choreographic Residencies across Canada, including some international opportunities.

Funding opportunities for AIR programs can be found on the OAC and CARFAC websites.