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 public galleries, artist-run centers, 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.
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).
Actual fees paid to the curator must not be less than the rate and total proposed in the application budget
Reduction to proposed artist fees requires OAC pre approval; fees must still meet or exceed CARFAC standards
This program also supports:
Childcare and other dependant care fees enabling individuals to take part in the project (this does not include regular, ongoing expenses)
Expenses related to making the project accessible to audience members and project participants (other than the applicant) who are Deaf or have a disability
Ontario-based, professional, independent Indigenous curators and curators who are people of colour, partnering with an Ontario public art gallery, artist-run centre or other not-for-profit arts presenter. The curator must be an Ontario resident. Organizations must be not-for-profit and have a head office 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.
- 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
- Deadline: October 11, 2023, 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.
- Curatorial projects by Indigenous curators: maximum $30,000.
- Curatorial projects by curators who are people of color: maximum $30,000.
- Accessibility Fund support: maximum $5,000 per project
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