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Ontario Arts Council


Zhe Gu

Toll-free in Ontario: ​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7459

Caroline Cotter

Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7455

Final Report Forms

All final reports are completed and submitted in Nova, OAC’s online granting system. This now includes grants received through a paper application process. For instructions on how to log into Nova, see the Nova User Guide. You will find the report form in your Nova profile, under Action Items. For enquiries regarding reporting requirements, contact us at finalreport@arts.on.ca.

Curatorial Projects: Indigenous and Culturally Diverse


The program supports the development of the work of Ontario-based Indigenous curators and curators who are people of colour, and the exhibition infrastructure in Ontario. It aims to increase the ability of Ontario public galleries, artist-run centres and other organizations to present projects by Indigenous curators and curators who are people of colour in contexts determined by the participants. The program helps build awareness and connections between galleries, audiences and curators. There are two categories:

  • Curatorial projects by Indigenous curators
  • Curatorial projects by curators who are people of colour

Deadline Dates

October 11, 2018, 1 p.m. ET
  • Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Grant notification will be available approximately four months after the deadline.

Grant amount(s)

  • Curatorial projects by Indigenous curators: maximum $30,000
  • Curatorial projects by curators who are people of colour: maximum $30,000

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.

Recent changes

  • The deadline changed.
  • This program was previously Aboriginal Curatorial Projects and Culturally Diverse Curatorial Projects.
  • The program now has two categories. Each will continue to be assessed by separate peer juries.

Eligible applicants

  • professional independent Indigenous curators and curators who are people of colour, partnering with a public art gallery, artist-run centre or other not-for-profit arts presenter. The curator must be an Ontario resident with a permanent physical address in Ontario.
  • public art galleries, artist-run centres or other presenters planning to work with an independent Indigenous curator or curator who is a person of colour. Organizations must be not-for-profit and have a permanent physical address in Ontario.


  • This is a shared application between the curator and the organization, with either the curator or organization as the lead applicant.
  • The lead applicant must initiate the application in Nova.
  • The curator and the organization will both answer application questions.
  • If awarded, the lead applicant will receive the grant cheque and complete the final report.

Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.

Ineligible applicants

  • curator who is staff or board member at the presenting venue
  • curator who is a full-time student (registered in two or more courses)
  • municipalities, colleges and/or universities
  • commercial galleries

This program funds

  • visual, media arts and craft exhibitions presented in Ontario; and related publications, arts education or outreach activities
  • opportunities for Indigenous curators and curators who are people of colour to work with mentors to develop capacity such as research, writing, design, administration, networking and documentation, if they choose
  • inclusion of international or non-Ontario artists or mentors, if a clear rationale is provided
  • fees for the curator (maximum $10,000), mentor (maximum $2,000) and artists; publication expenses (maximum $5,000), and exhibition productions costs (maximum $10,000)

This program does not fund

  • exhibitions or activities that take place outside of Ontario
  • projects that do not include the payment of professional artists’ fees
  • mentor fees for staff of the presenting venue
  • fundraising activities
  • student projects or exhibitions featuring work by students
  • art acquisitions or commissions
  • activities that take place in a commercial gallery
  • costs related to the creation of art work
  • capital expenses and purchase of equipment
  • ongoing operating or administrative costs of organizations

Activity timing

The activities for which you are requesting funding:

  • cannot start before the deadline
  • cannot finish before you receive your grant results
  • must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results

Final report requirements

If you receive a grant you must submit a final report upon completion of the project. See Terms and Conditions - receipt of OAC project grant funds for more information on reporting obligations.

Important: To report on a project grant received through a paper application process, email finalreport@arts.on.ca to request a final report form, indicating the program for which you are submitting a report. To report on a project grant you applied for in Nova, complete and submit the report in Nova.

Final reports for this program require grant recipients to provide:

  • description of the project undertaken and its outcomes, including details on any minor or approved changes to what had been outlined in the application
  • final budget
  • documentation and/or an explanation of how you acknowledged or will acknowledge OAC support for your project.
    • This should include samples of OAC logo recognition on any promotional or other materials produced in conjunction with the project, such as publications, brochures, posters, invitations, websites, or videos/films.
    • This could also include a description of verbal acknowledgement at public events or the intention to include OAC acknowledgement in associated future activities/materials.

To apply

Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. You will be able to do this approximately two months before the deadline.

Before applying, you must:

Your application includes:

  • basic information about the project
  • your answers to application questions
  • project budget
  • artistic examples: images (maximum of 15), videos (maximum of 2); two writing samples by the curator
  • support documents:
    • presenting venue’s mission and mandate (maximum 1 page)
    • curator’s résumé (maximum 3 pages)
    • short artists’ bios (maximum 2 pages)
    • commitment letter from the gallery, artist-run centre, or not-for-profit arts presenter agreeing to exhibit the project on specified dates, and to pay artists’ Canadian Artists’ Representation/Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) fees
    • curator’s commitment letter to undertake the project and to ensure that artists are paid CARFAC fees
    • mentor’s commitment letter, including estimated hours available to contribute to the project (if a mentor is involved)

Complete instructions and requirements are in the application in Nova.

For information on how assessors rate applications see the Evaluation Rubric – Activity Projects.

For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide.

Program-specific definitions

Indigenous: Individuals who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit.

By culturally diverse, OAC is referring to people of colour based on the Government of Canada’s definition of “visible minorities,” which is “persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.”