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Visual Artists Creation Projects

Grants to Ontario Artists for New or
Continuing Works in the Visual Arts

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

Deadline Date:

09/21/17 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of $5,000, $7,500, and $15,000 to Ontario individual visual artists at any stage in their career for the creation or continuation of artistic works. The intention of this program is to support the broad range of visual arts practices, and to foster regional activity, excellence, and diversity in the visual arts.

There are three categories, based on years of professional practice and public presentation of work:
-Emerging artists
-Mid-career artists
-Established artists

What this program funds:

-The time and materials needed to create new work or continue work in progress.

-Visual arts practices including painting, drawing, printmaking, installation, sculpture, performance art, photography and electronic media. If you are an artist working in craft, you should apply to the Craft Projects program.

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GrantWatch ID#: 180882

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Emerging: $5,000
-Mid-Career: $7,500
-Established: $15,000

Term of Contract:

The activities 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 include professional emerging, mid-career and established visual artists who are Ontario residents, with a permanent physical address in Ontario.

-Established: artists with an extensive body of work and with history of national and international exhibitions and/or those who have achieved a wide degree of recognition. You must have been practicing professionally for at least 15 years (meaning public presentation of your work) to apply to this category.

-Mid-career: artists whose professional careers have passed the early stages, who have produced a reasonable body of work and have attained a fair degree of public exposure. You must have been practicing professionally for at least 8 years (meaning public presentation of your work) to apply to this category.

-Emerging: artists in the early years of their professional careers who have a small exhibition record. You must have been practicing professionally for at least three years (meaning public presentation of your work) to apply to this category.

-Professional practice does not include activities undertaken while you were a full-time student

Artists working in collaboration: If you create work in collaboration with one or more other artist(s), all of the collaborative team members must meet program eligibility criteria. Select one artist to apply on behalf of the group. If a grant is awarded, this lead applicant will receive a T4A and will take responsibility for the group’s grant. Describe the collaboration in your artist’s statement and submit artistic examples showing past collaborative work. If you submit an application on behalf of a collaboration, you may not apply as an individual artist to the Visual Artists Creation Projects program within the same year.

Important: You cannot apply to this program if you have an overdue final report(s) in any OAC grant program(s).

Who is not eligible

-Undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full-time (more than two courses) at an educational institution.

-You may apply to only one OAC Visual Arts, Craft or Media Arts program per OAC fiscal year (April 1-March 31), regardless of whether your application is successful.

-If you receive a Visual Artists Creation Project grant you must skip a year before you can apply again. For example, if you receive a grant at the April 2017 deadline, you may not apply again until 2019. You may receive support from the Exhibition Assistance program in addition to one other Visual Arts, Craft or Media Arts grants.

Not Funded:
-Capital or major equipment expenses
-Exhibition presentation costs (shipping, crating, installation and framing)
-Marketing activities (websites, brochures)
-Publications and books
-Student or educational projects
-Professional development or training activities
-Travel costs to exhibitions and events
-Commissioned projects
-Fundraising projects

Additional OAC Eligibility Requirements:

Pre-Application Information:

If you are working in film and video installation, your application may be eligible in either the Visual Artists Creation Projects or the Media Artists Creation Projects programs. Please contact program staff for more information.

Deadlines are April 20 and September 21, 2017, 1:00 PM ET.

Applications are available online approximately two months before the deadline. Grant notification will be available approximately four months after the deadline.

Important: Partial grants are not awarded.

Montages of your work are not permitted. This video will help: Preparing Effective Support Material for Visual Arts and Craft Grants:

Application Questions:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Caroline Cotter, Program Administrator

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario