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Ontario Arts Council


Meg MacKay

Indigenous Culture Fund Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7424

Janine Manning

Manager of Indigenous Culture Fund
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7469

Indigenous Culture Fund


Supporting Indigenous Communities and Ways of Life

The Indigenous Culture Fund (ICF) was created to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, culture and way of life. The new fund is administered by Indigenous staff members at the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), on behalf of the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS). 
ICF was created through a process of extensive outreach and collaboration with Indigenous communities across Ontario.  Its goal was to support cultural priorities and activities as defined by Indigenous peoples and communities, including on and off-reserve, urban, rural and remote. 


The priorities of all ICF programs are to support:

  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis community-based cultural projects
  • opportunities for Indigenous people and communities to build traditional culture and knowledge capacity
  • projects that improve the applicant’s ability to learn, access, practice and engage in traditional Indigenous land-based activities, languages, teachings, protocols and ceremonies
  • Indigenous cultural knowledge exchange between generations and communities
  • youth-led and/or youth-engaged cultural projects
  • Elder-led and/or Elder-engaged cultural projects
Note: For art presentations or exhibitions that are contemporary and/or do not involve culture and community in the creation and delivery, see OAC’s Indigenous Arts Projects program.
Accessibility support funds are available for applicants to the Indigenous Culture Fund who identify as Deaf or as having a disability.  This includes ad hoc groups/collectives with one or more members who are Deaf or who have a disability, and incorporated organizations that have a mandate to serve Deaf artists and artists with disabilities and are disability-led (e.g. board/staff who are Deaf or identify as having a disability). Funds are for applicants who need support from service providers to complete their grant applications or to cover the cost of any accessibility expenses during the duration of a project. For more information on accessibility support funds for making an application or covering the accessibility costs associated with a project, please visit OAC’s Support for Deaf Artists and Artists with Disabilities web page or contact the Program Administrator.

The ICF fund was part of the Government of Ontario’s three-year plan in response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). The OAC and MTCS acknowledge and thank all of the survivors, their relations and the TRC.

Grant Programs

Indigenous Culture Fund: Small Grants Toggle Expand
What We Fund
The program supports status and non-status First Nations, Inuit and Métis community, culture and way-of-life projects in Ontario. These grants are for short-term projects. Applications are assessed with a quick turnaround time. Ontario-based Indigenous organizations, groups and individuals are eligible.
Indigenous Culture Fund: Project Grants for Organizations Toggle Expand
What We Fund
The program supports Indigenous community, culture and way of life projects in Ontario undertaken by Indigenous organizations.
Indigenous Culture Fund: Project Grants for Individuals, Groups and Collectives Toggle Expand
What We Fund
The program supports Indigenous community, culture and way of life projects in Ontario undertaken by status and non-status First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, youth councils, ad hoc groups and collectives.