The Ghomeshi Effect, Jessica Ruano and Amelia Griffin ARTicipate Grant recipients, performed in the Richcraft Theatre, Shenkman Arts Centre.
Photo: Andrew Alexander

The ARTicipate Endowment Fund provides annual grants to Ottawa area artists and arts organizations to create and showcase quality work at the beautiful Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa’s east end. The Fund also supports programming by the Centre’s Resident Arts Partners: Arts Network Ottawa, Gloucester Pottery School, MIFO, Ottawa School of Art and OYP Theatre School.

Each season, Ottawa residents can experience a variety of artistic performances and exhibits thanks to this Fund. ARTicipate Grant projects offer spectators dance, music, theatre, visual and media arts.







The Articipate Endowment Fund was created in 2007 by Arts Network Ottawa with the generous support of many donors and the Province of Ontario. Since inception, $431,194 in interest revenue has been disbursed through 115 grants to local artists and arts organizations.

Recipients can use this funding toward their rehearsal and production costs, to enhance their creative team, to create original work or to support promotional efforts.

The more it grows, the more it gives!
Assist local artists, support our community.

  • Preserve your name permanently on a seat in the Harold Shenkman Hall
  • Name a space at the Centre to recognize someone special, or your business
  • Make an annual donation or one-time gift

Donate to the Fund

The ARTicipate Endowment Fund is stewarded by Arts Network Ottawa, a registered charity, and the funds are securely invested jointly with the City of Ottawa Treasury.

Apply for a Articipate Grant
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“With an ARTicipate grant, I had my very first solo exhibition – a milestone that has been decades in the making. I used the funds to prepare and frame paintings and photographs for formal exhibition, and print special postcards to advertise the show,” says Chinh Nguyen, visual and media arts artist and 2016-17 Articipate Grant recipient.