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Information on 2021 Special Project Funding

Special Project Funding

The Special Project Funding (SPF) program, coordinated by the OAA Communications Committee, is intended for the Local Architecture Societies.

The SPF program is awarded to carry out special projects or events (i.e. not continuous initiatives) that cannot be covered by current assets of a Local Society, and further the OAA’s objective to establish classes, schools, exhibitions or lectures in, and promote public appreciation of, architecture and the allied arts and sciences. It requires submission of an Annual Report in early January each year.

Deadline 1: Monday, January 25, 2021

Applications will be reviewed in February by the OAA Communications Committee against the criteria and requirements. If funding is granted, the decision will be communicated to the Society by the end of March. For 2021, OAA Council has budgeted a total of $38,000 to be allocated among those Societies applying for Deadline 1. (Any funding must be used within one year of the request being received.)

Deadline 2: Monday, July 26, 2021

Applications will be reviewed in August by the OAA Communications Committee against the criteria and requirements. If funding is granted, the decision will be communicated to the Society by the end of August. For 2021, OAA Council has budgeted a total of $38,000, in addition to any funding left over from Deadline 1, to be allocated among Societies applying for Deadline 2. (Any funding must be used within one year of the request being received.)

Each application will be evaluated on the individual merits of the proposal and how it addresses the objectives of the Association, with priority given to projects excelling under the following criteria:

  • potential to increase public awareness/appreciation of architecture and the allied arts & sciences;innovation, creativity, and relevance;
  • ability to attract attendance and successfully run event/initiative—especially given the constraints of the pandemic and the need for physical distancing and other social gathering requirements; and
  • alignment to the current Council priorities: [a] climate stability, [b] membership engagement, and [c] comprehensive approach to education—all through the lens of [d] equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

Please note: if a Society submits multiple proposals, each one will be evaluated individually. Societies are asked to mark those requests in order of priority or preference.

Over the years, the number of requests for Special Project Funding has grown considerably, as well as the amount of funding that has been requested collectively. OAA Council appreciates the level of local involvement that is being demonstrated through these special projects and is pleased to provide the funding to help make them happen.

If you would like the OAA Communications Committee to consider a Special Project Funding proposal, please fill in the application on the website and return it before the specified deadline to ArchGrad@oaa.on.ca

Last updated: 2020/Nov/24

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