Reduction Policies for Operating Grant Recipients/Changes to Compass Deadlines

Got a note from the OAC today, here’s a heads up:

OAC has established more stringent assessment reduction policies for operating grants, effective in 2012. Organizations applying for operating support that fail to meet standard in either or both categories – artistic quality and contribution, and organizational effectiveness – will see reductions as follows:

· 0 to 5 per cent reduction only for strategic priority organizations and/or operating organizations that were new within the last three years.

· 10 to 20 per cent reduction if the organization falls below standard on one assessment category for the first time.

· 20 to 30 per cent reduction if an organization falls below standard on both assessment categories for the first time.

· 30 to 50 per cent reduction if an organization falls below standard on one assessment category for the second time in the last five years.

· 50 to 100 per cent reduction if an organization falls below standard on both assessment categories for the second time in the last five years.

Over the last three years, project applications to OAC have increased by 32 per cent. As a result, creation project programs are being protected through strategic reductions to a small number of programs, including a 50 per cent reduction to Compass.

· The Compass program now has two deadlines: July 3, 2012 and November 1, 2012.

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