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Frequently Asked Questions

About the grant

Why do I need to use the Shenkman Arts Centre for funding received through the ARTicipate Project Grant?

The Articipate Endowment Fund was established in 2007 by Arts Network Ottawa in partnership with the City of Ottawa to support artistic programming in professional spaces at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Each year, the interest earned on the Articipate Endowment Fund is distributed in the form of grants to local artists and arts organizations that will present or exhibit their work in professional spaces at the Centre.

How will I know you have received my Project Grant application?

We ask that you submit your application through our application portal. You will see a submission message thanking you for your submission.

What are the Learning Labs? How do I participate?

Grant recipients will have the option to participate in Learning Labs to discuss their project, expand their network, and exchange resources or learnings with other recipients. The Learning Labs will be hosted by Arts Network Ottawa as a series of meetings throughout the ARTicipate ’22 season. 
In the application form, we ask applicants to outline questions or topics they would like to address in the Learning Labs to help identify common interests or challenges associated with project delivery. 

Use of Space and Resources at Shenkman Arts Centre

Where can I find out more about the spaces at the Shenkman Arts Centre

More information is available on their website or by contacting Booking Agents at: or telephone 613-580-2424 ext. 15930.

I have received ARTicipate funding. Am I able to change the dates of my project?

Yes, pending the availability of spaces and approval from Shenkman Arts Centre Booking Agents, project dates will be allowed to change.

If you would like to change your dates please contact staff at Arts Network Ottawa or the Shenkman Arts Centre: or telephone613-580-2424 ext. 15930 or telephone 613-580-2767 x 2006


What other costs or details should I include in my budget expenses?

  • Artist fees (here are some resources to help you determine the amounts: Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association
  • Project Costs (E.g., Supplies, materials, access support for disability-related services and supports required to complete the project, equipment, and venue rentals, etc.). This might include additional costs for technicians or resources at the Shenkman Arts Centre (not applicable for the LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space).
  • Dissemination and Promotion (E.g., Digital tools and software for project dissemination, design of promotional materials, photo, and video documentation of the project, etc.) 
  • Administration (E.g., Insurance, administration personnel for the project, etc.) 
  • Access (Public access costs – e.g., Sign language interpretation, captioning, audio description, childcare, translation, etc.) 
  • Other costs specific to your project. 

What should I include in my budget revenues?

  • The amount you are requesting from this grant
  • If you have other confirmed or anticipated grants/donations, etc.
  • Potential ticket sales

Is it okay if the only source of revenue included in the budget is this grant?


Liability Insurance options: Why do I need this, and who do I talk to?

  • The City of Ottawa typically requires anyone who uses their facilities to have liability insurance coverage to a minimum limit of $2,000,000, naming the City of Ottawa as an additional insured. 
  • What liability insurance does is protect you against claims resulting from injuries and damage to other people or property resulting from your project activities. By naming the City of Ottawa as an additional insured means that they will also benefit from your coverage should there be an incident. 
  • The cost of liability insurance can vary, depending on the nature of your activities. 
  • Arts Network Ottawa will arrange insurance with successful applicants through the City of Ottawa’s insurance program. This will not be an expense for grant recipients.