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Curatorial Projects: Indigenous and Culturally Diverse

Grants to Ontario Arts Nonprofits and Minority Arts
Curators for Exhibitions and Curatorial Projects

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

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10/07/21 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Ontario nonprofit arts organizations and Indigenous or minority arts curators for exhibitions and other curatorial projects. Funding is intended to enhance the ability of the Province's artist-run centers, public galleries, and other organizations to present the projects of Indigenous curators and curators who are people of color in contexts determined by the participants. The program supports relationship building between curators, galleries, and audiences.

Program categories:

  • Curatorial projects by Indigenous curators
  • Curatorial projects by curators who are people of color

This program funds:

  • Visual, media arts and craft exhibitions presented in Ontario; and related publications, arts education or outreach activities
  • Opportunities for Indigenous curators and curators who are people of color to work with mentors to develop capacity such as research, writing, design, administration, networking, and documentation, if they choose
  • Inclusion of international or non-Ontario artists or mentors, if a clear rationale is provided
  • Fees for the curator (maximum $10,000), mentor (maximum $2,000) and artists; publication expenses (maximum $5,000), and exhibition productions costs (maximum $10,000).

For additional information, see "This program funds" on the URL for Full Text link below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153154

Estimated Size of Grant:

Curatorial projects by Indigenous curators: maximum $30,000.

Curatorial projects by curators who are people of color: maximum $30,000.

Term of Contract:

The activities for which applicants 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:
Ontario-based, professional, independent Indigenous curators and curators who are people of color, partnering with an Ontario public art gallery, artist-run center, or other not-for-profit arts presenter. The curator must be an Ontario resident with a permanent physical address in Ontario. Organizations must be not-for-profit and have a permanent physical address in Ontario.

The curator and organization must meet program and OAC eligibility criteria at the time of application and for the duration of the proposed project.

Ineligible applicants:
- Curator who is staff or board member at the co-applicant organization or the presenting venue
- Curator who is a full-time student
- Municipalities, colleges, and/or universities
- Commercial galleries

This program does not fund:
- Exhibitions or activities that take place outside of Ontario
- Projects that do not include the payment of professional artists’ fees at or above CARFAC standards; see Canadian Artists’ Representation/Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) schedule for industry standards
- Mentor fees for staff of the co-applicant organization
- Fundraising activities
- Student projects or exhibitions featuring work by students
- Art acquisitions or commissions
- Activities that take place in a commercial gallery
- Costs related to the creation of art work
- Major capital expenditures, including buying, leasing, or renovating buildings and purchase of major equipment
- Ongoing operating or administrative costs of organizations

For General Eligibility Information for OAC Project Programs, see:

Pre-Application Information:

- Deadline: October 7, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
- Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
- Grant notification will be available approximately four and a half months after the deadline.

Note: This is a shared application between the curator and the organization, with either the curator or organization as the lead applicant. The lead applicant must initiate the application in Nova. The non-lead co-applicant will be asked to confirm their participation in the application.

OAC offers the following alternative services and application processes:
- Alternative services and processes for Deaf persons and persons with disabilities
- Offline submissions for persons with limited internet access
- Oral applications for Indigenous persons
For more information, see

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Terms and conditions – OAC project grant applications:

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Evaluation Rubric – Activity Projects:

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Contact Information:

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

Nova Online Grant System:

Zhe Gu, Officer
Phone: 416-969-7459, Toll-free in Ontario: ​​1-800-387-0058

Caroline Cotter, Program Administrator
Phone: 416-969-7455, Toll-free in Ontario: ​1-800-387-0058

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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