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Ontario Arts Council


Amber Yared

Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7461

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 Visual Artists' Materials


The program supports Ontario-based First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists working in the visual arts, crafts or traditional/customary Indigenous art forms to create art work. Grants of $500 help cover the cost of buying art materials and supplies.

This is a third-party recommender program. Using Nova, OAC’s online grant application system, an artist applies to an Indigenous organization designated as a recommender for the program. Recommenders assess applications and submit grant recommendations to OAC. See About recommender grants below for more information on the grant application process.

Deadline dates

The 2018-19 program is open from July 31, 2018 until February 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 open.

Grant amount(s)

  • $500
  • Partial grants are not awarded.
  • A grant awarded in this program year (August 2018 – March 2019) counts towards a recipient’s three-grant limit for 2018.

Recent changes

  • Applications are now submitted to recommenders through Nova.
  • Recommenders no longer notify applicants. All applicants are notified by OAC through their Nova account.
  • An Indigenous Visual Artists Materials grant now counts towards your three-grant limit per year.

Eligible applicants

  • artists who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit
  • applicants must be Ontario residents with a permanent physical address in Ontario

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

Ineligible applicants

  • ad hoc groups/collectives
  • organizations

This program funds

The grant can be used for the following expenses:

  • materials and art supplies, e.g. wood, fabric, thread, stone, leather hides, sinew, beads, needles, photographic printing, inks, metals, paint, canvas, paper, pencils, etc.
  • small tools, for making the artwork, or for harvesting or gathering materials, e.g. blades, carving tools, awls, scissors, etc.
  • delivery: cost of transporting or shipping materials and supplies

See the Eligible art forms list below, for examples of visual art or craft materials.

This program does not fund

  • large equipment purchases (e.g. table saw, computers), studio set-up or renovations
  • materials and supplies for student projects in all education levels
  • business and promotional expenses, such as websites and business cards
  • cost of producing a commercial production line, i.e. to have your designs manufactured by someone else

Activity timing

The activities for which you are requesting funding:

  • cannot finish before you receive your grant results
  • must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant notification

Important: You must complete and report on a previous grant in this program before submitting another application in this program.

Final report requirements

If you receive a grant you must submit a final report upon completion of the project. See Terms and Conditions — receipt of OAC project grant funds for more information on reporting obligations. Complete and submit the report in Nova.

Final reports for this program require grant recipients to provide:

  • a short description of what you created with the support of this grant
  • three images of artwork you created using the materials purchased
  • if relevant, an explanation of how you acknowledged or will acknowledge, OAC support

To apply

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:

  • your answers to application questions
  • budget of eligible expenses
  • name of recommender you are applying to
  • artistic examples – images or video documentation of your work:
  • 8 images maximum
  • support document:
  • résumé (optional)


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.

Program-specific definitions

Eligible art forms include, but not limited to:

  • basketry (birch bark, black ash, willow, etc.)
  • beading
  • birch bark work
  • carving
  • drawing
  • drums, rattles and instruments
  • glass
  • jewellery
  • leather work
  • metal work
  • mixed media/installation
  • moccasin making
  • painting
  • photography
  • pottery
  • printmaking
  • quillwork
  • sculpture
  • tamarack
  • textile art (embroidery, quilts, etc.)
  • traditional dance regalia
  • tufting
  • wood working

About recommender grants

Recommenders 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 interest

Artists 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:

  • an employee or board member of the recommender organization
  • a member of a committee or jury reviewing applications for the recommender
  • immediate family members of those described above

How recommenders assess applications

Recommenders establish their own processes for assessing applications and making grant recommendations. Staff, board or committee members, or other arts professionals in the community may take on this role for the recommender.

Indigenous Visual Artists' Materials – Recommenders List