Ontario Creates-CMF IDM Futures Forward Program Applications

Nov 24, 2023

Ontario Creates-CMF IDM Futures Forward Program Applications

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – Ontario Creates-CMF IDM Futures Forward Program

The Ontario Creates-CMF IDM Futures Forward Program is a partnership with Ontario Creates and the Canada Media Fund (CMF) that provides funding for early-stage project-related development.

This program seeks to support companies that often have barriers to accessing project funding and to support the very beginning of a project’s creative process with the objective of giving a project a better chance to succeed in future stages of funding.

Deadline: December 19, 2023 at 5:00 PM ET

An Eligible Applicant to the Program is a for-profit company that:

  • Completed an Ontario Creates Futures Forward Workshop in 2023, OR
  • Is an Ontario Creates IDM Fund-eligible company (see Guidelines) where the majority of owners self-identify as at least one of the following: Women or non-binary; 2SLGBTQIA+; First Nations, Inuit or Métis; Racialized; Persons with disabilities; Francophone.

This Program has a commitment to provide 1/3 of its budget towards French-language projects and 2/3 of its budget towards projects from companies owned by Indigenous people or members of equity-deserving communities.

Eligible companies may submit an application to the Program to receive one of a limited number of grants (non-repayable contributions) to assist them with their early-stage project development activities. Applicants are encouraged to seek mentorship support for their activities.

  • The maximum contribution to a project funded through the Program shall be the lesser of $20,000 or 75% of the project’s eligible costs with (i) 50% of such Program contribution amount from the CMF and (ii) 50% from Ontario Creates.

An Eligible Project must be:

  • A new project that has not received other development funding for the phase of work being proposed.
  • Interactive Content or Video Content, delivered on a platform, network, or device capable of interactivity. This may include:
  • Video games;
  • Mobile content;
  • E-learning content;
  • XR experiences;
  • Digital publishing projects;
  • Web series;
  • Video content for online magazines;
  • Video based e-learning projects

Information Session

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an online Ontario Creates IDM Fund Information Session. Please complete the online registration form by 5:00 pm ET on the day prior to the Information Session.

Thursday November 30 2:00 PM ET – Register Here


Complete Guidelines and program requirements, including eligibility criteria are posted on the Ontario Creates website:

Futures Forward Program

Application Submission:

All applications must be submitted using the Ontario Creates Online Application Portal (OAP). For information on how to register to the OAP, please visit this link and click on register.

For general information regarding registration and the OAP, please send an email to

For further information, please send an inquiry to

Date December 19, 2023Time 5:00 pmCategory Deadlines