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ODSP and Arts Grants--changes September 2017

Arts  councils encourage artists who are Deaf or have a disability to apply for grants to develop their artistic projects. However artists on ODSP worry about how this funding may affect their eligibility for, or the amount of ODSP benefits. This brochure explains the ODSP income rules and how various kinds of arts grants may be treated.  NOTE: ODSP rules are changing in September 2017. The amount of "voluntary payments" one can receive is increasing to 10,000. The amount of exempt liquid assets is increasing to $40,000.  The bochure is not being revised yet as we are not sure of the full effect of these changes on ODSP recipients who receive arts grants.  You can still use this for general information on how arts grants should be treated, bearing in mind those new numbers.