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Ontario Arts Council

ICF Small Grants - Assessment Criteria

ICF small grants are assessed by Indigenous staff members.  Applications are assessed using a five-point rating system:
  • 5 = excellent, 4=very good, 3=good, conditionally ready for funding, 2=fair but not quite ready for funding, and 1=not ready for funding
  • Applications must be evaluated at a rating of 3 or higher to be considered for funding.
  • If unsuccessful in their grant application, applicants are encouraged to get feedback from the ICF Grants Facilitator, who can support them in reapplying at a later deadline.
Assessors base their scoring on the following criteria, which are equally weighted:
  1. Culture and Community
  • Self-identification is expressed and/or established through personal narrative and/or work experience as it relates to the funding request.
  • There is a clear connection to their community and/or compelling desire to reconnect with their community through the project activities.
  • If there are collaborators or partners, they are highly suited to the project activities.
  1. Project Planning
  • The intentions, goals and desired outcomes of the project are clearly described.
  • There is a clear plan of when, where and how the project will take place.
  • The community context is clearly articulated, and the project is suited to that context and considers local protocols.
  1. Growth and Impact
  • The communities, audiences, and/or participants are clearly defined.
  • There are clear and relevant goals and plans for having an impact for communities, audiences, and/or participants.
  • The desired outcome for learning and opportunities resulting from the project are clearly described and achievable.