Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Ottawa Arts Council and PAL Ottawa recognize that arts workers are facing unforeseen financial challenges during the COVID-19 crisis, particularly our older population. With the support of an anonymous donor through their fund with the Ottawa Community Foundation, these two organizations, are administering a fund to provide short-term relief to 50 local freelance professional artists and arts workers aged 55+. This financial support is designed to assist those already below the poverty line as they encounter a loss of work and income. Recipients can use the awarded funds as they see fit, whether it is to share their work online with others; direct it toward their next creative project; or simply to provide financial security during these uncertain times.

Deadline to apply: April 3, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.



Freelance professional artists and part-time arts workers age 55+ living in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or residents who earn more than half their income in the arts.


Each selected recipient will receive $900 (equal to two weeks of EI Emergency Support Benefit).

Decision, Criteria and Reporting

Applications will be reviewed by a 3-person online jury engaged by the Ottawa Arts Council, and decisions will be based on a ranking of need, lost income, and lost income opportunity. The jury will be reviewing the applications early April, and will be reaching out to successful applicants by April 8.

Recipient reporting will be a paragraph stating what they did with the funds and any related photographs, if applicable.


Sharon Diamond


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