The program supports Ontario-based artists and artist collectives working in visual arts, craft and media art practices in the presentation of their artwork in a confirmed public exhibition.
This is a third-party recommender program. Using Nova, OAC’s online grant application system, artists apply to the galleries and organizations designated as recommenders for the program. These recommenders assess applications and submit grant recommendations to OAC. See About Recommender Grants below for more information on the grant application process.
Recommenders may identify priorities for funding in addition to OAC’s priority groups.
The 2019-20 program is open from late February 2019 until January 15, 2020.
Each recommender either sets its own deadlines or assesses applications on an ongoing basis until their budget is spent. See the Exhibition Assistance – Recommenders web page for deadline information. Note that the list is subject to updates and changes during the program year.
To be eligible, you must submit your application to a recommender before the start date of your exhibition.
Note: Between February and May, the Exhibition Assistance – Recommenders web page shows the information and deadlines for a partial list of recommenders that are accepting applications. By June, OAC posts the full list of recommenders and their application deadlines.
Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.
Grants assist with the artists’ costs related to the presentation of artwork in a confirmed, public exhibition.
Only costs that are the artists’ responsibility, and are not covered by the gallery, are eligible. See further details in the expenses section of the application.
The exhibition for which you are requesting funding:
If you receive a grant you must submit a final report upon completion of the project. Do not submit your final report before receiving your grant cheque. See Terms and Conditions — receipt of OAC project grant funds for more information on reporting obligations. Complete and submit the report form in Nova.
Important: You must notify OAC to request approval if your exhibition venue or dates change. You must do this before any changes take place.
Final reports for this program require grant recipients to provide:
Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. Before applying, you must create or update your profile in Nova.
Your application includes:
Complete instructions and requirements are in the application in Nova.
For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide.
Recommenders submit their grant recommendations to OAC, which are then reviewed by OAC for applicant and program eligibility. OAC then sends you an email letting you know that your notification letter is available online in Nova.
See the Guide to Project Programs for more information about grant decisions, grant payments and what you need to do if you get a grant.
Recommenders cannot approve grants that will be paid back to them in any way.
Recommenders base their funding recommendations on the quality of the artist’s work, OAC priority groups and other funding priorities they may establish.
Recommenders in zones 1 through 4 may recommend up to 40% of their Exhibition Assistance grant budget to artists exhibiting in their own program/gallery. Northern recommenders, in zones 5 and 6, may recommend up to 80%.
You must apply to a recommender located in the zone where you live. To find your zone, see:
Map of Exhibition Assistance Zones
You may also be eligible to apply to a specialized recommender. These recommenders can accept applications from artists in any zone.
The link below will direct you to a searchable database of the recommenders for this program:
Exhibition Assistance – Recommenders