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Indigenous Arts Projects Grant

Grants to Ontario Indigenous Nonprofits, Groups,
and Artists for Artistic Projects and Activities

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

Deadline Date:

09/19/19 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Ontario nonprofit organizations, artistic groups, and collectives, and grants of up to $15,000 to individual Indigenous artists to support artistic projects. This program supports First Nations, Inuit, and Metis artists in researching, developing, and creating new work and community engagement. This program also supports Indigenous organizations and communities to strengthen their relationships with the arts.

There are two categories:
- Individuals
- Ad hoc groups/collectives, organizations

Grants help cover the costs of:
- Research and development that will lead to the creation of new work. Artistic research, exploration and experimentation including workshops/residencies are also eligible. All emerging, mid-career and established artists (including curators) working with all art forms are welcome to apply
- Creation and production of new work in any art form (e.g. film/video, visual arts, new media, cultural arts, dance, theatre, music, pottery, fiction, spoken word and storytelling, etc.). All emerging, mid-career and established artists working in all art forms are welcome to apply
- Presentations, exhibitions, publications and festivals in which the primary purpose of the project is the presentation, promotion and distribution of art made by Indigenous artists. Examples include exhibitions, individual and series presentations, publications, tours, festivals and innovative audience development projects
- Connections and partnerships that bring artists together through conferences, workshops, gatherings, delegations, exchanges or other activities that will foster artistic relationships, connections and partnerships that strengthen the Indigenous arts community

This program funds:
- Research and development activities
- Creation and production of new work
- Presentation and distribution of art by Indigenous artists
- Exhibitions
- Publications
- Individual and series presentations
- Festivals and innovative audience-development projects

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153148

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Individuals: maximum $15,000
- Ad hoc groups/collectives, organizations: maximum $30,000

Term of Contract:

The activity for which you are requesting funding:
- Cannot start before the deadline
- Cannot finish before you receive your grant results
- Must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Professional artists who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit, and are Ontario residents
- Ad hoc group/collectives comprised of individuals, of whom at least 50 per cent identify as Indigenous
- Not-for-profit Indigenous organizations, centers and councils
- Applicants must have a permanent physical address in Ontario

Please see the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information:

Ineligible Applicants:
- Students
- Municipalities, colleges and/or universities

This program does not fund:
- Fundraising activities
- Major capital expenditures, including buying, leasing or renovating buildings and purchase of major equipment

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline dates:
- March 26 and September 19, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
- Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
- Grant notification will be available approximately four months after each deadline.

- Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds that are available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.
- Consult the program officer if you wish to discuss the request amount for your project.

- Guide to OAC Assessment:
- Application Questions:
- Nova User Guide:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online through Nova:

Erika Iserhoff, Officer
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7454

Nina Charest, Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7417

Ontario Arts Council
121 Bloor Street East, 7th Floor
Toronto, ON M4W 3M5

Phone: 416-961-1660
1-800-387-0058 (toll-free in Ontario)
Fax: 416-961-7796

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Canada: Ontario