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

Grants to Ontario Individual Indigenous and Minority
Artists for Professional Development and Skill Building

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

Deadline Date:

10/17/18 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Ontario professional indigenous artists and artists of color for professional development and skill-building opportunities that will advance the applicant’s work and career. Funding may also be requested by artists collectives and ad hoc groups. Projects can include: study and training, mentorship, internship and apprenticeship and documentation of art work.

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:

- Living expenses (maximum $2,000/month)
- Travel (out of town transportation, accommodation, meal allowance)
- Tuition, registration or study fees
- Mentor fees
- Workspace/equipment rental
- Educational materials

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158914

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 are 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.

Indigenous: Individuals who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit.

OAC is referring to people of color based on the Government of Canada’s definition of “visible minorities,” which is “persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.”

Arts Professionals are artists, arts administrators, community animators, curators, programmers, technicians and arts educators who are engaged in creating, producing, promoting, presenting, distributing and programming artistic work.

Ineligible applicants:

- Applicants who have received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship in the past
- 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
- Capital expenses including equipment
- Creation projects
- Ongoing salaries or office rent
- Business ventures
- Accredited college or university programs
- Enrollment in an ongoing course of study
- Marketing
- Promotion
- Hiring of agents or business professionals
- Business planning

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline Dates:

- March 21 and October 17, 2018, 1 p.m. ET
- Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
- Grant notification will be available approximately four months after the deadline.

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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.

Online application:

Bushra Junaid, Program Officer
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7407

Habibah Haque, Program Administrator
416-961-1660 ext. 5081
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 5081

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

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Canada: Ontario