‘Tis the season to… submit your film grant application

writing a grant for film

As many of the film grant application deadlines are approaching, we would like to invite you to follow our posts on film grants over the next 4-6 weeks. We are looking forward to seeing your comments and suggestions for future posts.

This week, we will be focusing on the Community Arts Investment Program (CAIP) administered by the London Arts Council (LAC) and funded by the City of London.

CAIP supports a range of artistic disciplines, including film and multimedia arts, literature, music, performing arts, and visual arts. The program provides funding for professional artists who live within the city of London, artist collectives with at least one member living within the city of London, and registered nonprofit arts organizations that operate within the city of London.

8 films received funding through CAIP since 2017. The average amount awarded was $6,200. 

Submissions are becoming more and more competitive. Artistic merit, history of public presentation, a viable budget and a well-documented marketing plan are areas to focus on to ensure you have a strong application.  If you secured funding through other sources, include documentation to prove the funders’ commitment to your project.

Projects cannot be funded retroactively.  All proposed project activity should begin no sooner than May 15th of the year in which artists plan to apply.

Artists are encouraged to meet with LAC’s Development Officer for consultation and advice before the submission deadline. Consultation meetings will be available up to six business days before the submission deadline and must be booked in advance. 

LAC's Development Officer, Rebekah Morrison-Wize shared with us that the requests for consultations increased significantly in 2018 and it would be best to contact her early to secure a spot. Rebekah can be contacted at rmorriso@london.ca.

The online submission process opens Friday, March 1st, 2019 and closes Monday, April 15th, 2019.

Additional details can be found here:


The Independent Film Connection of London Ontario (IFCLO) is a non-profit organization created with the purpose of supporting local filmmakers.

Acting as a year-round resource centre for the local filmmaking community, the IFCLO is run exclusively by volunteers who have a passion for film.

The organization's major initiative in 2019 is the Connect and Create program, a series of events created with the purpose of fostering collaboration and connecting London filmmakers with potential funders.