What Do You Know about Access?

8 Mar 2015
SAVAC 401 Richmond St. W.

Whether you’re an emerging artist looking to expand your skills with a mentor, or an established artist wanting to explore a new medium, the Ontario Arts Council‘s Access and Career Development program funds proposals up to $15,000, and Tina Hahn will support you through the process.

For the past two years, Tina has led What Do You Know About Access?; a two-part workshop geared toward helping artists and arts professionals apply for the Access and Career Development Program, focusing on how to create a clear and convincing grant application with budgets and supporting material that juries will understand and appreciate. In 2014, half of the workshop attendees were successful grant recipients.

What is the Access and Career Development Grant?

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC)’s Access and Career Development program supports Ontario-based Aboriginal arts professionals and arts professionals of colour. The program will fund professional development and skill-building opportunities that advance the applicants’ artistic work and careers. Access is open to Ontario-based artists of colour and Aboriginal artists. Applicants can be:

  • Professional artists
  • Traditional artists
  • Aboriginal Elders
  • Arts administrators
  • Arts educators
  • Community artists or animators
  • Curators or presenters
  • Programmers
  • Technicians

The program covers grants for study/training, mentorships, internships/apprenticeships, and portfolio development.


Bootcamp Session 1: Grantwriting Bootcamp
8 March 2015, 10am to 4pm

Participants will engage in a full day of instruction with Tina Hahn, working through the various components of a grant application, including the artist statement, budget, and supporting material, using examples from previous applications.

Bootcamp Session 2: Feedback
29 March 2015, 1-4pm

Each participant will meet with Tina to receive feedback and comments on their draft grant applications. Participants only need to be present for their 30-minute feedback session, which will be scheduled during Session 1.


Free for SAVAC Members
$40 for non-members

Become a SAVAC member for $30/year
* Participation limited to 10 people, on a first-come, first-served basis.

About Tina Hahn

Grant-writing is second nature to Tina. She has over a decade of experience as a documentary producer, director and editor, producing programming for Discovery Health Channel Canada, CTV, Bravo! Canada, Book Television, Knowledge Network and SCN. She has worked at the National Film Board of Canada, the Toronto International Film Festival and Planet in Focus along with a number of non-profits in the special-needs field. She has lead workshops at TSV, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), the Diversi Film and Video Fund, Ryerson University, Hart House, and Bishop Strachan School.

Shaped by her diverse experience as an event producer and workshop instructor, her Proposal Clinic provides a positive, uplifting environment. Come with your ideas, shape them into a proposal, and polish them into a grant application. The Proposal Doctor is in.


“…She provide so many resource and sample material to covering A to Z about access grant. It was really helpful to understand all the rules and tip for write grant. She took many times to focus for everyone with their question and need. Very knowledgeable and helpful.”

Yoon Jin Jung

“…Her attention to details as well as her time managements provided me not only enough time to develop my ideas and put together my application in timely manner but also granted me an opportunity to get her feedback about my application. When I received the grant, I felt validated as an emerging Artist.”

Siamak Haseli

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