Our general resource section provides artists with contact information to regional, provincial and national arts service organizations that meet the needs of all artists across all disciplines.

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 WindsorEssex 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

    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.

    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

    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.

  • 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

    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.

    Cultural Human Resources Council
    The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) strives to be at the centre 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 centre for the dance community and general public and support activities that improve the socioeconomic 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 include 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 discover 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.

    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 through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.

    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
    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

    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.

    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

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

    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.

    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

    Free Space
    Free Space offers artists from the Windsor region to work on their art practice in a professional work space. 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.

  • Provincial

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • National/International

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

    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.

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

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

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