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Deaf and Disability Arts - Materials for Visual Artists

Grants to Ontario Professional Artists Who are
Deaf or Have a Disability for Crafts and Visual Arts

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

Deadline Date:

10/11/18 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $500 to Ontario professional artists who are Deaf or have a disability to support work in craft or visual art disciplines. Funding may be used to purchase materials. Applications are welcome from artists working in practices such as carving, beading, basketry, drawing, digital media, glass, jewelry, leather work, metal work, mixed media, installation, painting, photography, printmaking, pottery, sculpture, textile and fiber art, traditional/customary Indigenous arts, and woodworking.

This program funds:
-Materials and supplies including: beads, brushes, canvas, clay, fabric, inks, metals, paint, paper, pencils, pens, photographic printing, stone, thread, wood, software, other art materials
-Small tools (e.g. carving tools, scissors, accessibility tools)
-Shipping and delivery costs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164733

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant size is $500.

Term of Contract:

The activity for which you are requesting funding cannot start before the deadline, cannot finish before you receive your grant results, and must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

Deaf artists or artists with disabilities, working in visual arts or craft practices including basketry, beading, carving, digital media, drawing, glass, jewelry, leather work, metal work, mixed media, installation, painting, photography, printmaking, pottery, sculpture, textile/fibre art, traditional/customary Indigenous arts, woodworking

Ineligible Applicants:
-Full-time students (i.e. taking more than two courses)

An Individual Must:
-Be a professional artist/arts professional. The OAC defines a professional artist/arts professional as someone who has developed skills through training or practice, is recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition, has a history of public presentation or publication, seeks payment for her or his work and actively practices his or her art. Short breaks in artistic work history are acceptable.
-Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, or have an application pending for permanent resident status and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.
-Be a resident of Ontario who has lived in Ontario for 12 consecutive months prior to making a grant application, and
-Live in Ontario no less than eight months a year.

Temporary Absences from the Province:
-You must have lived in Ontario no less than 8 months in the 12 months immediately preceding the deadline for the grant program to which you are applying. Or, if you were temporarily absent from Ontario prior to this application deadline, you absence must have been for no more than one year and must not be recurring.
-Prior to this absence, you must have been a resident of Ontario who lived in the province for at least 12 consecutive months.
-During this absence, you must have maintained you residency status and a permanent physical address in Ontario, and must not have applied to public funding agencies/ministries in the jurisdiction of your temporary residence.

Establishing Permanent Residency:
-If you are new to Ontario or returning to the province after an absence of more than 12 months, you must establish or re-establish Ontario residency for a minimum of 12 consecutive months prior to the deadline for the grant program to which you are applying. If requested by OAC, you must provide documentation to verify your residency information.

-You are not eligible to apply to any OAC project program if you have an overdue or unapproved final report in any OAC grant program. Note: Only final reports associated with grants received through Nova applications are displayed in your Nova profile. If you are unsure of the due date or status of any other final report(s), please contact OAC. 
-If you have an overdue report for a previous grant at an application deadline, your application is ineligible and will be withdrawn.
-You may only apply for one grant in any program per deadline.
-You cannot receive more than one OAC project grant for the same activity.
-You are not eligible to submit more than one project grant application at a time for the same activity. You may re-apply to OAC for the same activity if you have received notification that your first application was not successful. 
-Third-party recommender programs are an exception – the same activity may be supported by multiple recommender grants. See recommender program web pages for specific eligibility criteria.
Three-grant limit
-Individuals, and organizations that do not receive OAC operating funding, are eligible to receive up to three project grants in a calendar year, provided each grant is for a different activity. This three-grant limit per year is based on the date of the application deadline, not on the date the grant payment is received. If you submit three project program applications during the year, you cannot submit a fourth until you have received notification that one of your applications has not been successful. If you have already received one project grant in a year, you may apply for only two other project grants at a time; if you have already received two project grants in a given year, you may apply for only one other project grant at a time.
-Operating grant recipients may receive a maximum of two project grants in a year. Refer to each project program page for information on eligible applicants.
-Grants in these programs are exceptions, and do not count as OAC grants: Creative Engagement Fund to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment in Ontario; Indigenous Culture Fund

This program does not fund:
-Large equipment purchases (e.g., table saw, computers)
-Studio set-up or renovations
-Materials and supplies for student projects in all education levels
-Business and promotional expenses (websites, business cards)
-Cost of producing a commercial production line (i.e., to have your designs manufactured by someone else)
-Materials and supplies for workshop activities

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is October 11, 2018, 1 p.m. ET.

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

Grant notification will be available approximately three months after the deadline.

If you require application support to complete your application, please make your request at least six weeks before the program 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.

Apply online through Nova:

Bushra Junaid, Program Officer
416-969-7407 / ​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7407 (toll free in Ontario)

Annette Mangaard, Interim Associate Visual Arts and Craft Officer
416-961-1660 ext. 6113 / 1-800-387-0058 ext. 6113 (toll free in Ontario)

Habibah Haque, Program Administrator
416-961-1660 ext. 5081 / 1-800-387-0058 ext. 5081 (toll free in Ontario)

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Canada: Ontario