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Ontario Arts Council


Lisa Wöhrle

Associate Officer

Caroline Cotter

Program Administrator

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 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. Applications are made to and funding recommendations made by the Indigenous organizations designated as recommenders for the program. See “About recommender grants” under “Program-specific definitions” below for more information.

Deadline Dates

The program runs from August 7, 2017 to February 15, 2018. Recommenders will set their own schedules for review of applications.

Updated application forms as well as information on recommenders and deadlines will be posted in early August 2017.

The grant amount is $500.

Applicants may receive only one 2017-18 Indigenous Visual Artists’ Materials grant.

Important: Because of the limited budget available and the number of applications we receive it is not possible to fund all eligible applications.

What's changed this year

The program was previously known as Aboriginal Artists Materials and Supplies Assistance.

Who is eligible

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

Who is not eligible

  • Organizations and ad hoc groups/collectives

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

What this program funds

  • 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 art work, or for harvesting or gathering materials, e.g. blades, carving tools, awls, scissors, etc.
  • Delivery: cost of transporting or shipping materials and supplies

What 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 results.


  • You cannot apply to this program if you have an overdue final report in any OAC grant program.
  • You must complete and report on a previous grant in this program before submitting another application in this program

To apply, you need to submit

Send the completed application package to one of the recommenders.

Important: Applications to OAC recommender programs are made by completing a PDF form, not through a Nova online application. Updated application forms will be available in July 2017.

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 the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) to receive applications, review them and make recommendations for the grants in this program. OAC allocates a budget to each of the participating recommenders.

Recommenders make decisions based on the quality of the artist’s work and other funding priorities they establish.

Within six weeks of an application deadline the recommender will inform artists whether their application will be recommended for funding. The recommender forwards applications to OAC. OAC reviews applications for final eligibility and then mails approved grant cheques directly to artists.

Conflict of interest

Artists who have a conflict of interest with a particular recommender may not apply to that recommender. Conflicts of interest include:

  • Anyone who is an employee, board member or member of the recommender’s grant review committee.
  • Immediate family members of described above.