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Ontario Arts Council


Kateri Gauthier

Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7424

Erika Iserhoff

Indigenous Culture Fund Grants Facilitator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​1-800-387-0058 ext. 5079

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). 
The fund is part of the Government of Ontario’s 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.
ICF was created through a process of extensive outreach and collaboration with Indigenous communities across Ontario.  ICF exists to support cultural priorities and activities as defined by Indigenous peoples and communities, including on and off-reserve, urban, rural and remote. 
The process of engagement is an ongoing one. If you have feedback on ICF, we would like to hear from you.


The priorities of ICF are to:
  • Support the vitality and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis expression and ways of life.
  • Create opportunities for Indigenous people to continue community building.
  • Support community-based activities that foster well-being and resilience for Indigenous peoples of all ages.
  • Support Indigenous peoples to engage in and share cultural practices, knowledge and learning.
  • Support Indigenous language revitalization.
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.

Grant Programs

ICF 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.
ICF 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.
ICF 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.

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