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Ontario Arts Council

Contact

Meg MacKay

Indigenous Culture Fund Program Administrator
416-969-7424
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7424

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.

Indigenous Arts Projects

Purpose

The program supports Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) artists to research, develop and create new work and engage with their communities, as well as opportunities for Indigenous organizations and communities to strengthen their relationships with the arts. There are two categories:

  • Individuals
  • Ad hoc groups/collectives, organizations

Grants help cover the costs of:

  • research and development that will lead to the creation of new work. Artistic research, exploration and experimentation including workshops/residencies are also eligible. All emerging, mid-career and established artists (including curators) working with all art forms are welcome to apply
  • creation and production of new work in any art form (e.g. film/video, visual arts, new media, cultural arts, dance, theatre, music, pottery, fiction, spoken word and storytelling, etc.). All emerging, mid-career and established artists working in all art forms are welcome to apply
  • presentations, exhibitions, publications and festivals in which the primary purpose of the project is the presentation, promotion and distribution of art made by Indigenous artists. Examples include exhibitions, individual and series presentations, publications, tours, festivals and innovative audience development projects
  • connections and partnerships that bring artists together through conferences, workshops, gatherings, delegations, exchanges or other activities that will foster artistic relationships, connections and partnerships that strengthen the Indigenous arts community

Deadline Dates

March 22 and September 19, 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 each deadline.

Grant amount(s)

  • Individuals: maximum $15,000
  • Ad hoc groups/collectives, organizations: 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.
  • Consult the program officer if you wish to discuss the request amount for your project.

Recent changes

The first deadline has been moved from February to March.

Eligible applicants

  • professional artists who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit, and are Ontario residents
  • ad hoc group/collectives comprised of individuals, of whom at least 50 per cent identify as Indigenous
  • not-for-profit Indigenous organizations, centres and councils
  • applicants must have a permanent physical address in Ontario

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

Ineligible applicants

  • students
  • municipalities, colleges and/or universities

This program funds

  • research and development activities
  • creation and production of new work
  • presentation and distribution of art by Indigenous artists
  • exhibitions
  • publications
  • individual and series presentations
  • festivals and innovative audience-development projects

This program does not fund

  • fundraising activities
  • capital expenses

Activity timing

The activity 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 for Project Programs for more information on reporting obligations. 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:

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.