[Skip to Content] download Acrobat Reader
Ontario Arts Council

Contact

Caroline Cotter

Program Administrator
416-969-7455

Final Report Forms

Final report forms are available upon request. Email your request to finalreport@arts.on.ca indicating the program for which you are submitting a report.

Craft Projects

Purpose

The program supports craft-based practices through grants to Ontario-based artists, curators, ad hoc groups/collectives and organizations. There are four categories:

  • Research/Creation and Development – Emerging artists and curators: to help cover the costs of research, experimentation, creation, production and career development
  • Research/Creation and Development – Mid-Career and Established Artists and curators: to help cover the costs of research, experimentation, creation, production and career development
  • Research/Creation and Development – Collaborations: to help cover the costs of artists to collaborate on research, experimentation, creation, production and career development
  • Connections: to help cover the costs of projects that connect Ontario craft with audiences and expand the public profile and appreciation for craft; programming that encourages craft-based critical discourse and curatorial practice; and activities that make connections within the Ontario craft community.

Priorities

The program’s priorities are to support:

  • a range of craft-based practices including work that is functional, conceptual, sculptural or from an art or design perspective; and projects that preserve craft traditions or explore new directions.
  • Indigenous artists working with craft materials in contemporary or customary ways.
  • Activities that contribute to arts education, public participation and community involvement in craft in Ontario.
  • Craft artists at all stages of their careers.
  • Craft artists to create individually or to work with others collaboratively, either within the craft field or in other disciplines.

Deadline Dates

October 17, 2017, 1 p.m. ET
  • Applications are available online approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Grant notification will be available approximately four months after the deadline.

Grant amount(s)

  • Research/Creation and Development – Emerging: maximum $5,000
  • Research/Creation and Development – Mid-career and Established: maximum $15,000
  • Research/Creation and Development – Collaborations: maximum $15,000
  • Connections: maximum $12,000

Important: Due to the number of applications we receive and the limited funds that are available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.

What's changed this year

  • This program merges two Craft Projects programs: Connections, and Creation and Development.

Who is eligible

Research/Creation and Development:

  • Artists and curators who are Ontario residents and have a permanent physical address in Ontario.
  • Ad hoc groups/collectives or collaborative groups with a permanent physical address in Ontario.

Connections:

  • Artists and curators; co-applicants are eligible
  • Craft guilds (incorporated or not)
  • Incorporated not-for-profit organizations

Important: For collaborative projects in Research/Creation and Development or Connections categories, you have the option of:

  • selecting one individual or group to submit the application on behalf of the group,
  • applying as two co-applicants, or
  • applying as an informal group/collective.

Who is not eligible

  • Undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full-time at an educational institution. Full-time is defined as more than two courses.
  • Curators may not apply for research or exhibition activities they have been contracted or employed to do for an organization that receives OAC operating grants in the Visual Arts section.
  • Public galleries and artist-run centres receiving an operating grant in the Visual Arts section
  • Municipalities, colleges and/or universities
  • An incorporated for-profit business
  • Anyone who has received a Chalmers Professional Development grant and not completed and reported on the project. Note: You may submit only one application to either the Chalmers Professional Development or the Craft Projects program for Development activities in the same year.
  • Organizations that receive a grant in the Public Art Galleries: Operating or Visual Arts Artist-Run Centres and Organizations: Operating programs.
  • Organizations that receive an operating grant in other OAC programs, with the exception of organizations mandated to serve one or more of OAC’s priority groups.

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

What this program funds

  • Research:
    • Artistic research and experimentation; exploration of new directions and techniques
    • Independent curatorial research and writing and development of exhibition projects
  • Creation/production:
    • Studio time to continue a body of work in progress, or create a new body of work
    • Development of prototypes for small-batch production
    • Travel related to research and creation is eligible.
  • Development:
    • Short-term study, training, workshops or master classes
    • Mentorship projects
    • Attendance at an important conference or other professional opportunity
  • Connections:
    • Exhibitions, shows and festivals
    • Independent curatorial projects that involve public exhibition, presentation or audience engagement activities
    • Catalogues and publications (printed and online), and plans for distribution
    • Workshops for craft artists, e.g. visiting artists working with a group in a creative workshop or other professional development activities.
    • Workshops and other audience engagement activities for the public
    • Artists-in-residence projects, in which the residency includes a public engagement component
    • Panel discussions, artist talks, symposia, conferences and networking events

Important: Curators undertaking research and development projects without a public presentation component should apply to the Research/Creation and Development category. The project must include Ontario artists. If the project involves non-Ontario artists coming to Ontario, and/or Ontario artists going outside the province, you must describe a clear benefit to Ontario’s arts community and/or audiences.

What this program does not fund

Creation/Research/Development:

  • capital expenses and purchase of equipment
  • studio and/or business set-up costs
  • studio renovation, repair or relocation
  • commissions and student projects
  • tuition for full-time study
  • publication of artist’s catalogue

Connections:

  • activities taking place in galleries and artist-run centres that receive OAC operating support in the Visual Arts section
  • exhibition projects that are primarily commercial in nature
  • fundraising projects

Activity timing

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.

If your project has a public launch, e.g. exhibition opening, it must not be scheduled to open to the public before you receive your grant results.

Important: You are not eligible to apply to this program if you have an overdue or unapproved final report in any OAC grant program. If you are unsure of the due date or status of any final report(s), please contact OAC.

To apply, you need to submit

  • Answers to application questions
  • A project budget
  • Artistic examples:
    • For Creation/Research and Development projects – images of your own art work or past curatorial work. Curators may submit writing samples. This video will help: Preparing Effective Support Material for Visual Arts and Craft Grants
    • For Connections – documentation of past projects or programming, images of work by participating artists, programs, catalogues, websites and writing samples.
  • Support documents:
    • applicant’s history and artist’s résumés, CVs, or bios
    • letters of agreement or support for curatorial research
    • letters of reference or support for Connections projects

Program-specific definitions

  • Emerging artists and curators: applicants in the early years of their careers, usually with up to eight years of professional experience in their practice.
  • Mid-career and established artists and curators: applicants with at least eight years of practice, a reasonable body of work and professional recognition for their work.
  • Craft grants support artists working in a wide range of craft materials and practices. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Beadwork
  • book arts, e.g. book binding; paper-making
  • clay/ceramics, e.g. pottery, sculptural work
  • craft-based design practices
  • fibre, e.g. appliqué, basketry, embroidery, felting, knitting, needlework, quill work, quilting, sculptural textiles or fibre, surface design/printing, tamarack, tufting, weaving
  • furniture
  • glass, e.g. architectural, stained, hot glass
  • inter-disciplinary practice (a collaboration between a craft artist and a partner working outside of craft; e.g. a jewellery artist working with a dancer)
  • jewellery
  • leather work metal work
  • multidisciplinary practice (the use of a variety of materials in a craft work; e.g. a jewellery artist incorporating fibre work)
  • musical instruments
  • turned wood and wood carving
  • wearable art, including regalia