To report on a recommender grant awarded up to March 31, 2017, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a final report form, indicating the program for which you are submitting a report.
To report on a recommender grant awarded since June 2017, complete and submit your final report in Nova.
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. Artists apply to galleries and organizations designated as recommenders for the program. These recommenders assess applications and submit grant recommendations to OAC. See Program-specific definitions below for more information on recommender grants.
Recommenders may identify priorities for funding in addition to OAC’s priority groups.
The 2018-19 program is active from June 15, 2018 until January 15, 2019. OAC does not set deadlines in this program. Each recommender sets its own deadlines, or may decide to accept applications on an ongoing basis while the program is active.
To be eligible, you must submit your application to a recommender before the opening date of your exhibition.
See Exhibition Assistance – Recommenders List for all application deadlines.
Important: You may submit up to three Exhibition Assistance applications at a time. If you have applied for the same expenses to more than one recommender, and are awarded a grant by one of them, you must contact the others to let them know. You cannot receive more than one Exhibition Assistance grant to cover the same expenses.
Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.
Grants assist with the artists’ costs related to the presentation of art work 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.
Important: To report on an Exhibition Assistance grant received before March 31, 2017, email email@example.com 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.
A final report form will be available in Nova. Final reports for this program require grant recipients to provide:
Important: You must notify OAC to request approval if your exhibition venue or dates change. You must do this before any changes take place.
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.
About recommender grantsRecommenders are organizations authorized by OAC to receive applications, review them and make grant recommendations. OAC allocates a budget to each of the participating recommenders.
Within six weeks of an application deadline, or within six weeks of receipt of an application received when there is no deadline, the recommender will notify OAC of their grant recommendations. Funding recommendations are reviewed by OAC for final eligibility, and OAC then sends you an email letting you know that your notification letter is available online in Nova.
Once you have entered your Social Insurance Number (SIN) and acknowledged your notification letter in Nova, OAC sends a grant cheque to you by regular mail.
Conflict of interestArtists who have a conflict of interest with a particular recommender may not apply to that recommender. An artist is in a conflict of interest if they are:
Recommenders cannot approve grants that will be paid back to them in any way.
How recommenders assess applications.Recommenders establish their own processes for assessing Exhibition Assistance applications and making grant recommendations. A jury, committee, curator or other staff may take on this role for the recommender.
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%.
How to choose a recommenderFor the Exhibition Assistance program, recommenders include public art galleries, artist-run centres and other community organizations throughout Ontario.
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