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Grants to Ontario Indigenous Visual and Craft
Artists for Artistic Supplies and Materials

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Grants of $500 and grants of $1,000 to Ontario indigenous visual and craft artists for project supplies and materials. Eligible artists must identify as Métis, Inuit, or First Nations. The purpose of the program is to promote the creation of traditional forms of art and craftwork.

The grant can be used for the following expenses:

  • Materials and art supplies, such as wood, fabric, thread, stone, leather hides, sinew, beads, needles, photographic printing, inks, metals, paint, canvas, paper, pencils, etc.
  • Small tools for making the artwork or for harvesting or gathering materials, such as blades, carving tools, awls, scissors, etc.
  • Purchase of materials or tools required to run or participate in workshops
  • Delivery: cost of transporting or shipping materials and supplies
  • Travel costs for gathering natural materials

Eligible art forms include, but are not limited to:

  • Basketry (birch bark, black ash, willow, etc.)
  • Beading
  • Birch bark work
  • Carving
  • Drawing
  • Drums, rattles and instruments
  • Glass
  • Installation
  • Jewellery
  • Leather work
  • Metal work
  • Mixed media
  • Moccasin making
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Printmaking
  • Quillwork
  • Sculpture
  • Tamarack
  • Textile art (embroidery, quilts, etc.)
  • Traditional dance regalia
  • Tufting
  • Wood working

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GrantWatch ID#: 161012

Estimated Size of Grant:

$500 or $1,000

Term of Contract:

The activities for which you are requesting funding:

- Cannot finish before you receive your grant results
- Must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant notification

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:

- Artists and Elders who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit
- Applicants must be Ontario residents

Ineligible applicants:

- Ad hoc groups and collectives
- Organizations

This program does not fund:

- Large equipment purchases (such as a table saw or computer), studio set-up or renovations
- Materials and supplies for student projects in all education levels
- Business and promotional expenses, such as websites and business cards
- Cost of producing a commercial production line (that is, to have your designs manufactured by someone else)

Pre-Application Information:

This is a third-party recommender program. Using Nova, OAC’s online grant application system, an artist applies to an Indigenous organization designated as a recommender for the program. These recommenders assess applications and submit grant recommendations to OAC. See About recommender grants below for more information on the grant application process.

The 2020-2021 program is open from August 2020 until January 29, 2021.

Each recommender either sets its own deadlines or assesses applications on an ongoing basis until their budget is spent. See the Recommenders for Indigenous Visual Artists' Materials web page for deadline information. Note that the list is subject to updates and changes during the program year.

Recommenders for Indigenous Visual Artists' Materials:

- Recommenders with set deadlines: You will be notified up to two months after the recommender’s deadline date.
- Recommenders that assess applications on an ongoing basis: You will be notified up to two months after the date you submit your application.

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

Online application system:

Amber Yared
Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058

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

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