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Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour

Grants to Ontario Indigenous Artists or Artists
of Color to Provide Career Growth Resources

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

Deadline Date:

05/05/21 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Ontario Indigenous artists or artists of color to provide career growth resources. Funding is intended to support traditional and contemporary arts practices. Eligible projects include mentorship, internship and apprenticeship, study and training, and documentation of artwork. Funding is also available for artist collectives and ad-hoc groups.

.This program funds:

  • Study and training: to help cover the cost of arts professionals’ attendance at conferences, master classes and workshops or training courses
  • Mentorship: to help cover the cost of developmental relationships between arts professionals and mentors
  • Internship and apprenticeship: to help cover the cost of arts professionals working in temporary positions that emphasize on-the-job training. The applicant must initiate the internship/apprenticeship, and it cannot replace a current position at the group/arts organization
  • Documentation of art work: to help cover the costs of professional preparation of materials that document an arts professionals’ skills, training and abilities

Eligible expenses can include:

  • Artist fees – payment to yourself or other individuals engaged in the project. Artist fees should be calculated based on time or contribution to the project.
  • Travel (out of town transportation, accommodation, meal allowance)
  • Tuition, registration or study fees
  • Mentor fees
  • Workspace/equipment rental
  • Purchase of small-scale equipment, software, electronics and similar materials required to carry out the project
  • Educational materials
  • Child care and other dependant care fees (this does not include regular, ongoing expenses)
  • Expenses related to making the project accessible to audiences and project participants (other than the applicant) who are Deaf or have a disability. 

Ontario Arts Council (OAC) project grant programs provide one-time grants for specific projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158914

Estimated Size of Grant:

Skills and Career Development: maximum $10,000

Term of Contract:

The activity for which funds are requested:
- Cannot start before the deadline
- Cannot finish before grant results are received
- Must be completed no more than two years after grant results are received

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
-Individual Indigenous arts professionals or arts professionals of color, or ad hoc groups/collectives made up of Indigenous arts professionals or arts professionals of color.
-All applicants must have a permanent physical address in Ontario.

For the OAC's definition of Indigenous, see:

For the OAC's definition of artists of color, see:

For additional information on eligible applicants, see:

Ineligible applicants:
- Applicants who have applied to and have not received notification that their application is unsuccessful for a Chalmers Professional Development Projects grant
- Applicants who have received a grant for this program and have not yet completed and reported on their project, or in any of the following programs:
Chalmers Professional Development Projects
National and International Residency Projects
- Applicants who have received a grant in the professional development category for the Deaf and Disability Arts Projects program and have not yet completed and reported on their project
- Students enrolled full- or part-time at a college or university in an undergraduate program
- Graduate/post-graduate students enrolled in a course of study whose project is directly related to their arts discipline, field of study or thesis topic

This program does not fund:
- Fundraising activities, contests or competitions
- Major capital expenditures, including buying, leasing or renovating buildings and purchase of major equipment
- Creation projects
- Ongoing salaries or office rent
- Business ventures
- Accredited college or university programs
- Enrolment in an ongoing course of study
- Marketing
- Promotion
- Hiring of agents or business professionals
- Business planning

The program does not fund living and personal expenses – do not include these as the rationale for the calculation of artist fees.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: May 5, 2021, 1 p.m. ET

Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.

The OAC recommends preparing and submitting your artistic examples and support documents several days before the application deadline.

Grant notification will be available approximately four and a half months after the deadline.
Grant notification is now available approximately four and a half months after the deadline. Refer to the “Activity timing” section on this page to understand how this may affect the timing of eligible activities.

Before applying, you must:
- Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs
- Read the Guide to OAC Assessment
- Create or update your profile in Nova

Oral Applications for Indigenous persons: OAC accepts oral submissions of some parts/components of a project grant application, when oral culture is relevant to the project or the artistic practice. For details, see

Offline submissions for persons with limited internet access: OAC may provide an offline, or partially offline, application process to applicants who do not have adequate internet access where they live, and do not have reasonable access to a public internet source, such as at a public library. For details, see:

You may only receive a Skills and Career Development grant once every two years.

Guide to OAC Project Programs:
Guide to OAC Assessment:
Guide to OAC Support Material:
Terms and Conditions:
Application Questions:
Evaluation Rubric:
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:

Contact: Bushra Junaid, Officer:
Phone: 416-969-7407, Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​1-800-387-0058

Rohana Buzamlak
Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058

For general information in French or English contact:
416-961-1660 or toll free: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 0

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