Funding Guide

The application portal opens on March 1, 2024.

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We’ve made some changes to the application process you need to know about.

FUNDING FOCUS AREAS

The incite Foundation for the Arts offers annual program and project grants to the following types of arts organizations and programming: 

  • Anchor arts organizations
  • Organizations that make a major contribution to Hamilton’s cultural life 
  • Organizations that operate major arts educational programs for school children in the region.
  • Small scale initiatives that promise to develop an interest in the arts in the Hamilton Region.

Eligibility

ORGANIZATIONS MUST:

  • Be a registered charity
  • Dedicated to the performing arts (Dance, Music, Theatre), visual arts, and/or arts education for children
  • Located in Hamilton or the greater Hamilton area
  • Make a positive difference to the cultural life in the Hamilton area
  • Offer high quality programs
  • Demonstrate competent management and financial responsibility
  • Demonstrate a need or opportunity for the project
  • Show clear and measurable benefits to the community

Eligible expenses include reasonable expenses that are directly related to the project, in furtherance of the project’s purpose and activities, and that have been actually and properly incurred:

  • Personnel – wages and employment related costs
  • Contractors – fees for professional services
  • Materials and supplies
  • Project equipment
  • Training and events
  • Administration

ineligibility

THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE FUNDING:

  • Organizations located outside of Hamilton and the greater Hamilton area
  • Schools, private schools, universities, colleges, health authorities, public health authorities, educational institutions, health/social services institutions
  • For-profit organizations
  • Individuals

INELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:

  • Major capital projects
  • Direct fundraising events, e.g., galas
  • Purchase of land and buildings

Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to the following:

  • Expenses incurred prior to July 1, 2023
  • Expenses incurred after June 30, 2024
  • Taxes for which an organization is eligible for a tax rebate
  • Expenses relating to any activity not eligible for funding

APPLICATION TIMELINE & Review

The incite Foundation for the Arts offers annual program and project grants to the following types of arts organizations and programming: 

All applications from eligible organizations will be reviewed by the incite Foundation Advisory Committee. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application.

HOW TO APPLY

The Annual Operating Grant Application is open now. More than one application may be submitted by an organization. Only one application will accepted for each program or activity.

In addition to completing the grant application, the following documentation is required to be uploaded:

RECOGNIZING iNCITE FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS FUNDING

We ask that all successful applicants publicize incite Foundation for the Arts funding in the following ways:

Ready to Apply?

If you meet the eligibility criteria, please apply today.