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Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators

About the Grants

Factory Theatre is thrilled to once again serve as a recommending theatre for the Ontario Arts Council’s Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators (formerly the Theatre Creators’ Reserve).


The Recommender Grant is meant to buy time for theatre creators to generate new work and to deepen relationships between theatres and theatre creators. It is not a commissioning program, it does not fund workshops, and creators are not obligated to “deliver” a script or performance at the end of the grant period. Recommendations range from $1000 - $5000. 


Professional artists applying must be Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, or have an application for Permanent Residency pending, and must be resident in the Province of Ontario. For more information on the Program Guidelines, please visit the OAC website.


Factory priorities for recommending projects for Recommender Grant funding are: 

  • To support artists that reflect the cultural diversity of our community;
  • To support early career artists;
  • To support creators who are ambitious and experimental in theatrical form;
  • To support exciting and ambitious projects from established senior and mid-career creators;
  • To support artists who are innovative in methods of creation.

How to Apply

Factory Theatre only accepts applications though Nova, OAC’s online granting system. Please note that applicants may only apply to a maximum of ten (10) recommending companies. Factory encourages you to carefully consider our stated priorities and all the stated guidelines from the OAC.


Full details on the program, how to apply, Nova, and any necessary accommodation from the OAC can be found at the OAC’s website:


The deadline to apply for Factory's Recommender Grant for Theatre Creators is Friday October 11, 2019


Contact Company Dramaturge Matt McGeachy at matt(at)


No phone calls, please.

The deadline to apply for Factory's Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators is Friday October 11, 2019.

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