Call for Program Proposals

Brampton Arts Organization (BAO) is seeking workshop and program proposals from local artists, curators, arts collectives, and arts administrators!

Brampton Arts Organization is thrilled to invite program, workshop, and community initiative proposals from artists, arts administrators, arts collectives, curators, creatives, performers, musicians and more from across Brampton! If you have an idea for a program, workshop, or initiative, we are excited to hear it. We want YOU to help shape what BAO offers.

If you have an existing initiative that you are trying to get off the ground, want to start a community initiative for the first time or are an artist facilitator with a community artmaking background, now is your opportunity to put your project forward!

The possibilities are endless: we are accepting applications for gatherings and socials, filmmaking, songwriting, music production, dance, painting, and artmaking of all kinds!

Program proposals in any topic will be considered, though we will prioritize projects that:

  • Explore ideas and skill building that specifically support the development of early to mid-career artists and folks that are less experienced (but very interested!) in engaging with the arts.
  • Support local! A clear connection to Brampton and the surrounding area in your proposal.
  • Do not duplicate programs BAO that is currently or has previously run
    • A list of upcoming and past events can be found on our Eventbrite page and a list of programs that ran in 2022 can be found on BAO’s website
  • Are submitted by applicants who self-identify as belonging to one (or more) of the following groups: (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Colour, Deaf Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Persons Living with Mental Illness, 2SLGBTQIAP). We strongly encourage applications from these communities or proposals that specifically strive to support their needs.

The entire budget request for this project can be up to $1000. Artist fees must be a minimum of $335 and an additional fee $212 if prep is required. Additional budget can be used towards materials, rentals, or any other set up requirements. The duration of a workshop must be a minimum of 1 hour long up to a maximum of 3 hours. The workshop can be in person or virtual. 


  • You must reside in Brampton.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • All applicants must propose workshops within their creative discipline.
  • Workshops must take place before October 31st, 2023.
  • Workshops must be delivered by the applicant.
  • Workshops must be located within the City of Brampton and be accessible by Transit.
  • Workshops must be free for participants to attend and must be accessible.
  • The entire budget (up to $1000) must be used to deliver the workshop (including your artist fee, materials, and all other expenses). The minimum artist fee is $547 based off of 2023 CARFAC rates (presentation & preparation fee), an additional artist can be paid at $335 if no preparation is required from them.
  • Your workshop must follow any Region of Peel Public Health mandates as they arise.
  • You will be required to hold Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance for onsite programming, up to $5 million (CAD) and may be required to complete Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC).  
What is Expected of Me?​
  • Deliver the selected project within the program’s timeline and budget;  
  • Promote the project via social media;  
  • Provide regular progress updates to staff;  
  • Attend a debriefing session at the end of the residency period, and
  • Fill out a templated close out report no later than one month prior to the end of the program.​

Selection Criteria

The Selection Panel will review applications for:

  • Connection to Brampton and the community/ies it seeks to serve
  • Artistic experience
  • Project feasibility (scope, budget, audience etc.)

And will prioritize projects that:

  • BAO hasn’t currently or previously run
    • A list of upcoming and past events can be found on our Eventbrite page and a list of programs that ran in 2022 can be found on BAO’s website
  • Support early to mid-career artist development

Priority will be given to applicants who belong to equity-deserving groups, including those who identify as Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Trans, Nonbinary, Queer, Deaf, Disabled and intersections of those identities.

Selection Panel

The selection panel will consist of:

  • BAO Staff & Advisory Panel
  • Local Artists
  • Performing Arts Staff

Upcoming Info Sessions

May 23rd, 12-1 PM, 2023 - Watch Recording Here.​

This session is intended as an opportunity to review this program and application process with staff, and help answer any questions you might have about your workshop’s suitability. The session will be recorded an emailed out to all registrants. 

Apply Now

Applicants are asked to submit an application by completing the application form below.

Application Form

If you have any questions about this Call or require any assistance, accommodations or additional support in completing this application, please reach out at least one week prior to the application deadline to Katy Belshaw, Programming Coordinator, Brampton Arts Organization, We cannot respond to inquiries through direct message, text, or Facebook messenger.   ​

Applicants will be notified of their proposal status within two calendar months of submission by email. Please note that only proposals presented through the formal submission process will be accepted. Thank you! We look forward to hearing your ideas!​​​​​​​​​​​​​