Support Fund for Accessibility Costs

To artists, artists’ collectives and arts organizations: the Support Fund for Accessibility Costs is meant to help you prepare a grant application, include individuals or artists who are D/deaf and living with disabilities in your teams and projects, and present performances to audiences living with these disabilities.

Support Fund for Accessibility Costs

Introduction

Who is eligible to apply?
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The purpose of the Support Fund for Accessibility Costs is to help artists, artists’ collectives and arts organizations ensure that people who are D/deaf or living with a disability have the same access to the Conseil’s programs and services as anyone else.

It is divided into three separate components:

Financial support to submit a grant application

For artists or cultural workers who self-identify as D/deaf or as living with a disability, the Conseil provides funding to cover the cost of services required to help prepare their application. Eligible individuals can apply for financial support of up to $500 per year. The accessibility costs for writing your grant application will be paid four to six weeks after the deadline for the program to which the application was submitted and once payment terms and obligations have been fulfilled.

This support is not conditional on the outcome of the original application.

Financial support for accessibility costs of a project funded by the Conseil

Financial support offered in addition to a grant from the Conseil. This additional support covers the accessibility costs that the artist or organization must pay to complete the funded artistic project. Accessibility costs must be directly related to a project funded through one of the Conseil’s support programs.

Priority will be given to applications for projects that directly support artists who are D/deaf or who are living with a disability.

There is no per-project maximum awarded under this component.

Financial support for accessibility costs to receive audiences for a project funded by the Conseil

This funding is intended for presenting organizations that meet the eligibility requirements of the program for which an application is being submitted or has been submitted (in the current year), and that are presenting a work to an audience that is D/deaf or living with a disability.

The maximum amount granted to presenting organizations to receive audiences that self-identify as D/deaf or living with a disability is $2,000 per project.

What are the program objectives?

In accordance with its strategic plan, the Conseil wishes to identify, acknowledge and support inclusive practices that promote the involvement and engagement of artists, cultural professionals and underrepresented, excluded or marginalized audiences.

The Conseil strives to ensure that culture is accessible to all Montrealers, respecting the dignity and autonomy of each individual.

Support

What type of assistance is provided?

This support is a measure implemented to supplement funding awarded through the Conseil’s General Funding Program.

Accessibility costs refer to costs that certain individuals, specifically those who are D/deaf and/or living with a disability, must pay to take advantage, in the same way as others do, of the services and programs offered by an institution to create, produce or disseminate their art.

What is the duration of the support?

This is a one-time, non-recurring grant.

Can the project be entirely funded by the Conseil?

Accessibility costs can fully covered by the Conseil, as long as they are within its financial capabilities.

However, the amounts granted for artists, artists’ collectives or arts organizations seeking funding are limited to $500 for a grant application and $2,000 for presenters.

Eligibility

What types of projects are eligible?

Organizations

  • creation/production
  • specialized or multidisciplinary dissemination
  • publication of cultural periodicals
  • production of an event or festival
  • production support
  • a museum
  • service organization, association or alliance

Collectives

  • research
  • creation/production
What are the general eligibility criteria?

The Conseil’s assistance is meant to ensure that artists, cultural workers and audiences who are D/deaf or living with a disability can take advantage of its programs and services to promote greater accessibility to arts and culture, while respecting the dignity and autonomy of everyone.

Are there any special eligibility conditions?

This fund is open to individual artists, artists’ collectives and arts organizations that meet the eligibility criteria of the program for which an application was submitted (in the current year), that have received funding from the Conseil, and that meet the following criteria:

For all three components:

  • be eligible for the program and self-identify as D/deaf or living with a disability
  • be an arts organization or artists’ collective that has at least one representative, main creator and/or director who self-identifies as D/deaf or as living with a disability
  • be an arts organization whose mandate is to provide services to artists who self-identify as D/deaf or as living with a disability, and that has at least one director who is an artist or cultural worker who self-identifies as D/deaf or as living with a disability

Additional criteria to receive support for accessibility costs for a funded project:

  • be an artist, artists’ collective or arts organization receiving funding through a program of the Conseil for a project that includes artists who self-identify as D/deaf or as living with a disability
  • be an artists’ collective with one or more members who self-identify as D/deaf or as living with a disability
  • be an arts organization hosting an internship that is funded by the Conseil and whose intern and/or mentor self-identifies as D/deaf or as living with a disability
When must the project be carried out?

The artist, artists’ collective or arts organization must carry out its activities according to the timeline provided in its grant application and the dates of its financial statements.

How many applications will be accepted?

The number of project applications the Conseil accepts varies depending on the number of applications it receives, its evaluation of the interest and relevance of the artistic activities and the allocated budget

Who is ineligible to apply?

Ineligible applicants

  • individuals, collectives or organizations that are ineligible for the program for which support for accessibility costs is requested or was requested within the current year
  • artists’ collectives that are incorporated as a for-profit or not-for-profit company, as a general partnership or as an association
  • cultural periodicals that publish fewer than three issues per year, are distributed free of charge or available only in electronic format
  • organizations dedicated to teaching, education, and professional training
  • Public or para-public organizations representing governments or municipal corporations
  • organization and collectives whose projects are not funded by the Conseil, unless support for accessibility costs is needed to write a grant application

Projects

  • projects that are ineligible for the program for which support for accessibility costs is requested or was requested within the current year
  • projects specifically related to film or web film production
  • projects that are primarily promotional
  • projects that have already received support for accessibility costs

Activity sectors

  • sector that is ineligible for the program for which support for accessibility costs is requested or has been requested in the current year
  • organizations working exclusively in variety arts or comedy

Applications

  • applications that are ineligible for the program for which support for accessibility costs   is requested or was requested within the current year
  • applications involving accessibility costs that are not directly related to the funded project
  • applications involving living expenses
  • applications received after the deadline

Ineligible applications will not be considered by the evaluation committee.

Questions about certain terms?

Consult our glossary

Applications

What is the application deadline?

The deadline to apply for support for accessibility costs is the same as that for the program being applied to.

Artists, collectives or organizations that have obtained financial assistance from the Conseil to carry out a project can also apply for support for accessibility costs up to three months after the decisions related to the successful project have been sent out, provided the project is not completed before the deadline to send out decisions for accessibility cost support applications.

Can I submit more than one application in the same year?

For financial support to submit a grant application, the artist, artists’ collective or arts organization may only submit one application per fiscal year (January to December).

Who should submit the application?

The artist, the person responsible for the artists’ collective or arts organization (administrator, director).

Can I submit an application in English?

Yes, you can submit your application in English. Please note, however, that the questions on the form are in French only.

What information and documents must I include in my application?

Required:

  • project budget
  • accessibility specifications (optional)
  • invoices and bids (optional)
  • appendix (optional)

How can I submit an application?

Most of the applications to the Conseil des Arts de Montréal will progressively be submitted through the ORORA online application portal.

Evaluation

How are applications evaluated?

Applications are evaluated by the Conseil team and according to the following criteria:

  • reasonable budget
  • direct link between the funding provided and the successful completion of the project
  • available funds

Priority will be given to providing direct support to artists.

What is the response time?

It will take eight to ten weeks from the date of the application for the Conseil to process it and reach a decision.

How will I be informed of the decision?

The artist or the representative for the collective will receive an email invitation to view the results on the ORORA platform. Decisions will not be communicated by phone.

However, if the application was submitted by email, the decision will be sent to you via email as well.

Can I appeal the decision?

The Conseil’s decisions are final, and not subject to appeal. However, Conseil staff are available to answer any questions regarding decisions.

Applicants agree not to communicate with members of the evaluation committee or the Conseil’s Board of Directors about the management or evaluation of their application, or about decisions related to their application.

Payment

How will the grant be paid?

The grant amount will be provided in one payment (100%) after the decision letter has been sent.

Obligations

Commitments

Accepting payment of the grant constitutes, for the artist, collective or organization, an undertaking to complete the activities covered by the grant and to comply with the accompanying conditions.

The artist, artists’ collective or arts organization agrees to:

  • carry out the project as planned
  • notify the Conseil as soon as possible if unable to carry out the project in the fiscal year for which the grant was awarded. In this situation, the recipient may be asked to reimburse the grant in full or in part.
  • if requested, submit activity reports and financial statements at the required times
  • if applicable, include in the report photographs, videos or any other relevant, royalty-free visuals that the Conseil may use for promotional or archival purposes

Visibility Standards and Logos

Arts organizations, collectives or individual receiving grant from the Conseil must mention this funding in their information, promotional, or advertising material.

Need more information?
Claudia Berardi
Claudia Berardi
Cultural Advisor - Music

514 280-3586

claudia.berardi@montreal.ca