Deadline: December 19th, 2019.

Jumblies Theatre is pleased to take part once again in the Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants program for Theatre Creators.

As a third-party recommender, Jumblies Theatre accepts applications from theatre creators for the development of new works, and makes grant recommendations to the OAC. Within the guidelines below, we invite applications from artists, including individuals, ad hoc groups and collectives at all stages of their practice, living in any region of Ontario, working in any language or tradition. Projects may be at any stage of their creative development, although funding may not be used for workshops or production.

Eligibility criteria:

Our focus is on community-engaged theatre. Eligible projects combine professional theatre/performance creation and community arts practices. We define “community arts” here as a creative process that meaningfully involves people for whom art isn’t a chosen or desired profession, in the making and performing of the art. Please note that your proposal is not eligible unless it integrates community engagement in the final outcome and/or the proposed stage of creation. If you’re unsure whether your project is eligible, please ask us.

In addition, priority is given to proposals that involve one or more of the following:

  • An interdisciplinary and/or collaborative creative process;
  • Bridging diverse forms and traditions, and bringing people together across differences;
  • Centering perspectives and practices related to OAC’s priority groups,[1] or other communities that may experience marginalization.

Within these criteria/priorities, we assess proposals based on the artistic merit and interest of the project. Please include in your proposal a description of how your project engages people and communities, and responds to our other priorities mentioned above.

We encourage you to visit our website to find out more about the kind of work that we support, theatre and performance creations that we’ve developed, and communities we’ve engaged with.

If you need help with completing your application (for example, because of issues of language, technology or accessibility), please feel free to contact us for advice and assistance.

Process & timeline:

  • September 7th to December 19th, 2019: inquiries and application submissions
  • Deadline: December 19th, 2019
  • Results: January 2020.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Jumblies staff, associate artists and board members.


You must complete your application through Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. When answering the application questions, mention how your work and project relate to Jumblies’ criteria and priorities.

Grant amounts:

You may request between $1,000 and $5,000. The amount recommended may be less than the amount requested.

For any other questions about the program, please email or call us 416 203 8428.

[1] Indigenous artists, artists of colour, Deaf artists and artists with disabilities, Francophone artists, new generation artists, and artists living in regions outside Toronto