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OAC craft programs help individual craft artists, collaborative groups, craft guilds, collectives and organizations; we support the development of contemporary and traditional craft practices in Ontario. The programs aim to fund projects that represent a range of craft-based practices including art forms that are functional, conceptual, design-based, sculptural or those that preserve or further craft traditions. They also aim to fund Aboriginal artists working in craft media in contemporary or traditional ways.

In fulfilling its mandate, the OAC serves one of the most diverse cultural, racial, linguistic and Aboriginal populations in Canada. Through its programs and services, the OAC supports artists, organizations and communities across Ontario, and welcomes all forms of artistic expression and practice.

Tracing Emerging Modes of Practice: Craft Sector Review

In 2010 the OAC commissioned a report to gain a deeper understanding of emerging craft practices in Ontario. Read the report.

Grant Programs

  • Craft Projects – Connections provides grants up to $12,000 to not-for-profit craft organizations, artist collectives, craft guilds and independent curators towards projects that expand or engage audiences, encourage critical discourse about craft, or make connections within the Ontario craft community.
  • Craft Projects – Creation and Development provides grants up to $15,000 to individual artists, collaborative groups, independent curators, guilds and organizations to research, create, experiment and develop their careers. The program funds studio and research time, materials, travel and expenses related to short term study, workshops and master classes.
  • Aboriginal Artists Materials and Supplies Assistance provides grants of $500 Aboriginal artists working in the visual arts, crafts or traditional Aboriginal art forms for the cost of buying materials and supplies to make their work. 
  • Exhibition Assistance provides grants so Ontario-based professional visual artists, craft artists and media artists can present their work at a confirmed, upcoming public exhibition. Artists apply to an OAC third-party recommender organization; these recommenders include public art galleries, artist-run centres and arts service organizations, and are located in all regions of the province.

Preparing Effective Support Material for Visual Arts and Craft Grant Applications 


For more information

  • Lisa Wöhrle, Associate Visual Art and Crafts Officer, 416-969-7419, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7419,  
  • Caroline Cotter, Visual Arts Program Administrator, 416-969-7455, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7455, 
  • Anne Gardé Gravestock, Visual and Media Arts Program Administrator, 416-969-7461, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7461,

You are not limited to the programs listed above.

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