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Ontario Creates understands that COVID-19 has created many challenges across the creative industries. While our 2020-21 program application processes and deadlines will remain unchanged, please note: 
  • Projects may address necessary COVID-19 responses, in keeping with the program objectives. Companies will be permitted to budget funds for operations-related costs, including salaries. Project outcomes should account for these types of necessary expenses.
  • The cost of participating in virtual activities/events that facilitate international business and audience development will be eligible including costs associated with the preparation of marketing materials.
  • As the COVID-19 situation evolves, successful applicants will be permitted to make activity changes as necessary.
  • Please contact your program consultant in advance to discuss the specifics of your circumstances and projected deliverables.
  • Section Three of the application form requires a breakdown of eligible sales revenue for the past 12 months to assess the eligible maximum level of funding available to the applicant. Due to recent sales impacts as a result of COVID-19, the parameters for eligible sales criteria have been adjusted for the May 28 application deadline. Applicants have the option to base eligible sales on either the past 12 months or an average of eligible sales for the previous two fiscal years.
The Ontario Creates Magazine Fund supports the business development of independent Ontario-based magazine publishers. Funds are provided to assist in the growth of these businesses through the creation and implementation of new strategic initiatives that enable publishers to achieve business development and/or marketing objectives. Eligible projects should have clear, objective and measurable results.


Deadline
May 28, 2020 by 5:00 pm ET

Funding Available
Successful applicants are eligible to receive up to $75,000, depending on eligible sales revenue, capped at 75% of the total project budget.

NOTE: Full eligibility requirements and details can be found in the Magazine Fund Guidelines. Please read the guidelines completely before beginning your application. Ontario Creates reserves the right to revise Guidelines and Application Forms.

Application Process

  • Applications must be submitted via the Ontario Creates Online Application Portal (OAP). Applications submitted by any other method will not be accepted.
  • Before beginning an application, your company’s corporate information must be registered with the OAP. If you do not have a user account on the OAP, please go to https://apply.ontariocreates.ca and click on “Register”. If your company is registered, the Magazine Fund deadline will appear in your dashboard. To start the application, click on “Start new application” and follow the onscreen directions to access the application form.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the application process early to allow ample time to compile and complete the necessary information. There is flexibility for completing the application form – you may begin at any time and save information as it is entered. Once saved, you can go back and edit and/or add information until the time when the application is actually submitted.
  • If you encounter problems setting up your company’s corporate information, you can email applyhelp@ontariocreates.ca for assistance. This email address can also be used for any technical questions you have about the OAP.

Information Sessions 
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an upcoming Magazine Fund Information Session. Please complete the online registration form by 5:00 pm ET on the day prior to the Information Session. The same information is provided in both sessions.

Webinar # 1 - Registration Closed

Date:         
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
Time:  
     
10:00 am - 11:30 am ET


Webinar # 2 – Registration Closed

Date:         
Thursday, April 16, 2020 (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
Time:  
     
10:00 am - 11:30 am ET


Online information session participants will receive an invitation via email with a link and password to login and will be able to call in via conference call during the session.

If you are interested in attending an Ontario Creates Information Session but require it be conducted in French please send a request to programs2@ontariocreates.ca by April 8, 2020 and arrangements will be made to schedule an additional session on an alternate date.

If you are interested in attending an Ontario Creates Information Session and have additional accessibility issues that need to be considered, please contact us as above.

Guidelines and Application Form
Magazine Fund Guidelinespdf icon
Magazine Fund FAQspdf icon
Magazine Fund Budget TemplateExcel icon
Applicant Affidavit pdf icon

Application Form/Online Application Portal

Enquiries
Matt Hilliard-Forde
Program Consultant
Industry Initiatives
Phone:416-642-6627
mhilliard-forde@ontariocreates.ca

Enquiries regarding the Online Application Portal (OAP) should be directed to applyhelp@ontariocreates.ca

To receive notification of upcoming deadlines and program updates, please register here with your complete contact information, including your full name, company name and telephone number, as well as the name of the program you are interested in. 

Funding Deadlines

Film Fund - Development
Friday, January 29, 2021 5:00 PM ET

Export Fund (Book)
Deadline 2: Monday, August 31, 2020 5:00 PM ET

IDM Fund: Global Market Development
Deadline 1: May 25, 2020 5:00 pm ET
Deadline 2: August 31, 2020 5:00 pm ET

Magazine Fund
Thursday, May 28, 2020 5:00 PM ET

Book Fund
Thursday, June 4, 2020 5:00 PM ET

Film Fund - Production
CYCLE 2: July 7, 2020, 5:00 PM EST
CYCLE 3: November 17, 2020, 5:00 PM EST

Export Fund (Film And Television)
Deadline 2: Monday, August 31, 2020 5:00 PM ET

Contact Us

Matt Hilliard-Forde
Program Consultant
Industry Initiatives
Phone: 416-642-6627
mhilliard-forde@ontariocreates.ca

OR

Program Coordinator
Industry Initiatives
Phone: 416-642-6652
programs2@ontariocreates.ca


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