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Ontario Arts Council


Philippe Mesly

Program Administrator
416-961-1660 ext. 5144 / 1-800-387-0058 ext. 5144

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.

Indigenous Artists in Schools Projects


The program supports Ontario-based Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) artists and Elders (who are engaged in an artistic practice) to teach arts workshops in schools during the upcoming school year. Its goal is to connect children and youth with professional artists and Elders in creative, active, hands-on, and in-depth arts experiences. There are two categories:

  • Indigenous artists in schools
  • Indigenous artists in northern fly-in communities: supports (a) applicants from fly-in communities working in schools anywhere in Ontario, and (b) applicants from anywhere in Ontario working in schools in fly-in communities.


The program’s priorities are to create opportunities for Indigenous artists to:

  • deepen relationships with First Nations and non-First Nations schools;
  • build relationships with schools with limited access to the arts for projects that include mutual sharing and learning; and
  • mentor emerging Indigenous artists in project development and facilitation.

School-aged students to:

  • experience a wide range of arts education activities provided by Indigenous artists;
  • interact with professional Indigenous artists, particularly in communities that are remote, rural or underserved; and
  • engage in a dynamic and active creative process.

Deadline Dates

May 10, 2017, 1 p.m. ET
  • Applications will be available online approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Grant notification will be available approximately three months after the deadline.


  • Individuals have the option to apply orally to this program. For more information or to apply, call 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7401.

Grant amount(s)

  • Indigenous Artists in Schools Projects: maximum $12,000
  • Indigenous Artists in Northern Fly-in Communities: maximum $17,000

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

Recent changes

  • The program name has changed from Aboriginal Artists in Schools.
  • Travel funding is now requested in the application using the budget form.
  • You may now request mentorship funding.
  • You must have committed schools when you apply.
  • The program no longer publishes a public roster of grant recipients.
  • The maximum request amount has increased from $6,400 to $17,000.
  • Successful co-applicants will now each receive half of the granted amount.
  • Schools run by First Nations or Indigenous Education Authorities may apply to the program.

Eligible applicants

  • Indigenous professional artists, applying as individuals or co-applicants. Successful co-applicants share the grant amount.
  • Elders and language/knowledge keepers who are engaged in an artistic practice. Helpers may be co-applicants or named in the project and included in the budget.
  • Ontario schools run by First Nations or Indigenous Education Authorities, applying to bring in Indigenous artists.
  • Individual applicants must be Ontario residents and have a permanent physical address in Ontario.
  • If you are a part-time teacher, you may only apply for a grant for a project happening at the school where you are employed if you provide a letter from the school stating that you are doing the project during hours that you are not employed by the school.

Ineligible applicants

  • Teachers employed full-time by a school board, private school, or a school run by a First Nation or First Nation Education Authority during the during the period of time the project will take place.

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

This program funds

  • Hands-on workshops in schools that engage students in a creative process.
  • Fees and expenses for Elders and language/knowledge keepers who are engaged in an artistic practice, and helpers.
  • Mentorship of emerging Indigenous artist educators, aged between 18 and 30.
  • Preparation time, insurance, vulnerable-sector checks, administrative activities of artists.
  • Transportation, accommodations and meals, materials and supplies, and equipment rental (if applicable).

This program does not fund

  • Events or activities that take place outside of Ontario.
  • Fundraising activities.
  • Capital expenses.
  • Events or activities that happen outside of regular school hours.
  • Administrative and support activities of school staff.

Activity timing

  • The activities for which you are requesting funding must take place during the school year between September 2017 and June 2018.

Important: You cannot apply to this program if you have overdue final report(s) in any OAC grant program(s).

Final report requirements

If you receive a grant you must submit a final report upon completion of the project. See Terms and Conditions for Project Programs for more information on reporting obligations. A final report form will be available 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

  • Answers to application questions.
  • A project budget.
  • Artistic examples:
  • Support documents:
    • Artist résumés or bios.
    • A reference letter for each artist, preferably from a teacher who has seen the artist teach in a school (for applications where the artist(s) is the applicant).
    • Commitment letters from each school involved (for artist applicants), or from each artist (for school applicants).
    • If applying to mentor, provide a commitment letter(s) from the emerging Indigenous artist educator(s) who will work with you for all or part of your project.
    • Letter of confirmation from school stating that you are doing the grant project during hours that you are not employed by the school, if you will be employed as a teacher on a part-time basis at that school.

Program-specific definitions

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

Northern fly-in communities: Communities in northern Ontario where access is only by air or by a seasonal winter road, and for which there is no year-round road access.

Finding local artists and arts organizations

If you are interested in inviting an artist or arts organization to work with your community or in your school you can refer to these resources. If you are an artist or arts organization, you are encouraged to complete a profile on these sites as applicable. If you are aware of other resources, please the email program officer.

  • ArtBridges
  • Canadian Network for Arts and Learning
  • Aboriginal Curatorial Collective
  • Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance
  • Dance Ontario
  • Writers Union – Writers in the Schools
  • Poets.ca – Poets in the Schools
  • Neighbourhood Arts Network (Toronto)
  • Community-engaged arts organizations (awarded) page
  • Arts education organizations (awarded) page