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Capacity Building Funding

PCBP: Presenters Capacity Building Program for Members of CAPACOA and RIDEAU

Facilitating and promoting professional development

Since its creation in 2013, the PCBP has supported 111 projects, 62 of these coming from CAPACOA members.

Professional development is key to helping presenters improve their audience outreach efforts, build capacity and manage change. In order to help best support those efforts, RIDEAU and CAPACOA are pleased to announce the renewal of the: Presenters Capacity Building Program (PCBP), a funding program that provides the presenting community with access to better professional development tools.

Program Objectives

  • Promote the sharing of expertise within networks
  • Provide support to presenting organizations for targeted capacity building projects, professional development and change management
  • Contribute to the professionalization of the presenting sector
  • Help presenting organizations achieve their goals more effectively

Program Description

The program gives presenting organizations access to resources which can help build capacity. It is divided into three components:

  1. Organizational consultation – Organizations can apply for funds to hire consultants or specialists to assist them in capacity building and change management research and planning activities either in person or online. This may take the form of coaching.
  2. Mentoring – Organizations can apply for funds to enroll their managers in a mentorship with a presenting organization manager.
  3. Professional development – Organizations can submit an application to attend professional development workshops or seminars directly related to the organization’s specific capacity building needs. This is primarily intended for senior managers of presenting organizations. These can be done in person or online.

Organizations can also submit joint applications in collaboration with others (two or more). Presenter support organizations (presenting networks) are eligible as part of a collaboration in partnership with presenting organizations. Each applicant in a joint application must be a member of CAPACOA and/or RIDEAU.

Please note: Organizations that received financial assistance under the 2022-2023 Presenters Capacity Building Program are not eligible to apply for the 2023-24 edition.

Program Timeline

  • Deadline to submit an application to the 2023-2024 edition: September 21, 2023.
  • Announcement of the projects selected will be November 2023.
  • The realization of the projects will be from November 2023 to June 2024.
  • The 2023-2024 final reports will be due June 17, 2024.

Program Guidelines

Program Form as PDF

Program Form as Word Document

Organizations who have received support for the 2022-2023 edition of the PCBP:



Arts Network Ottawa & Ottawa Arts Council Karen Brownrigg, iHR Advisory Services and Sharon Nyangweso, QuakeLab Inc
Centre des arts Juliette-Lassonde Marie-Philippe Mercier-Lambert, Gourpe iCible
Corporation Hector-Charland Mélanie Rondeau, Services MRPJ inc.
Coup de coeur francophone Sophie-Emmanuelle Chebin, Arsenal
Culture Trois-Rivières Inga Petri, Strategic Moves
Vieux Couvent de Saint-Prime Vincent Diotte, Synapse C
Diffusion Momentum Francis Levasseur, Concordia Cabinet-Conseil
Diffusion Saguenay Éric Dufour, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Caren Burt, Caren Burt & Associates
Island Mountain Arts Alyson Gourley-Cramer, Monogram Communications
Kings Playhouse  Michelle MacDonald, A-OR Web Solutions
La Chapelle Spectacles Justin Maheu, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
monstrARTity Creative Community Inga Petri, Strategic Moves
Muni-Spec Mont-Laurier Pierre-Olivier Saire, Daigle/Saire
Odyscène Julie Tremblay, ENIPSO
Ottawa Fringe Festival Tom Haxell, Day Shift Digital
SPARC Inga Petri, Strategic Moves


Organizations who have received support for the 2021 – 2022 edition of the PCBP:

  • Arts de la Scène de Montmagny
  • Chester Playhouse
  • Diffusion Avant-Scène
  • Espace Côté-Cour
  • Fredericton Playhouse
  • Home Routes
  • Island Arts Cultural Centre
  • Manitoba Arts Network
  • Mission Folk Festival Society
  • Prairie Debut
  • Rencontre Théâtre Ados
  • Théâtre Desjardins
  • Vieux Couvent de Saint-Prime
  • Village en chanson de Petite-Vallée

Organizations who have received support for the 2020 – 2021 edition of the PCBP:

  • Arts Commons
  • Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife
  • CanDance Network
  • Canadian Live Music Association
  • FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
  • Full Circle
  • Indian River Festival
  • King’s Playhouse
  • King’s Theatre
  • MT Space
  • Ontario Presents
  • Ottawa Fringe
  • Regroupement artistique francophone de l’Alberta
  • Small World Music
  • Springboard Dance Collective Society
  • Vancouver New Music

Comments from past edition recipients

The staff and board were involved in the development of a comprehensive marketing strategy that incorporates traditional methods but also social media. We have agreed on a much more concise branding architecture. While the long term impact of the project will take time to assess, staff and Board certainly feel empowered to enact changes and have begun the process already.
Klondike Institute of Art and Culture

The impact of this training is to greatly improve the revenue-generating ability of Public Energy in the private sector. This will go a long way toward maintaining the organization’s programming in the face of reduced public sector funding.
Public Energy

This Strategic Planning Session was crucial for our organization at this time. We are facing financial challenges and impending replacement of long-term staff. Both big challenges for an organization of our size with a Board which is geographically so far apart.
Prairie Debut

Program Contact Information

Chandel Gambles, CAPACOA 613-562-3515 x. 1