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.
The program runs from August 9, 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.
More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs
The activities for which you are requesting funding:
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.
Eligible art forms include, but not limited to:
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
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.
The recommender sends the application to OAC. OAC reviews applications for final eligibility, then notifies applicants by email that their notification letter is available online in Nova. OAC sends grant cheques by regular mail directly to the applicants.
Artists who have a conflict of interest with a particular recommender may not apply to that
recommender. Conflicts of interest include: