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Ontario Arts Council

Evaluation Rubric – Creation Projects

In the project grant assessment process, the Ontario Arts Council provides a rubric to assessors to guide them in rating applications. The following rubric is for creation grant programs using artistic merit as the only assessment criterion.

The rubric is used as applicable, based on the context and/or priorities of each grant program, as described on the program web page.


Artistic Merit

Rating: Excellent (5)

  • Clear and compelling history and achievements.
  • Vital and relevant artistic / cultural / aesthetic / geographic / language / community influences with consideration, as relevant to project, of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and OAC’s priority groups.
  • Distinctive and compelling intended activity; support material demonstrates high artistic quality, clearly related to the project, and demonstrates the artistic skills necessary to complete the project successfully.
  • Unique and compelling contribution to applicant’s development or group’s objectives.

Rating: Very Good (4)

  • Clear and defined history and achievements.
  • Relevant artistic / cultural / aesthetic / geographic / language / community influences with consideration, as relevant to project, of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and OAC’s priority groups.
  • Distinctive and interesting intended activity; support material that is high quality, related to the project, and demonstrates the artistic skills necessary to complete the project successfully.
  • Clear and appropriate contribution to applicant’s development or group’s objectives.

Rating: Good (3)

  • Defined history and achievements.
  • Clear artistic / cultural / aesthetic / geographic / language / community influences with consideration, as relevant to project, of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and OAC’s priority groups.
  • Distinctive intended activity; support material that is good quality, related to the project, and demonstrates artistic skills relevant to the project.
  • Explicit contribution to applicant’s development or group’s objectives.

Rating: Fair (2)

  • Vague or incomplete history and achievements.
  • Imprecise artistic / cultural / aesthetic / geographic / language / community influences, with no consideration, if relevant, of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and OAC’s priority groups.
  • General intended activity; support material that doesn’t sufficiently demonstrate quality of past work or evidence of artistic skills relevant to the project.
  • Unclear artistic goals and rationale, few ideas on outcomes.

Rating: Poor (1)

  • Poor history and achievements.
  • Missing or irrelevant artistic / cultural / aesthetic / geographic / language / community influences and no consideration, if relevant, of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and OAC priority groups.
  • Unclear or irrelevant intended activity; support material that doesn’t demonstrate quality of past work or provide evidence of artistic skills relevant to the project.
  • No discernible contribution to applicant’s development or group’s objectives.