[Skip to Content] download Acrobat Reader
Ontario Arts Council

Contact

Bushra Junaid

Program Officer
416-969-7407
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7407

Habibah Haque

Program Administrator
416-961-1660 ext. 5081
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 5081

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.

Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour

Purpose

This program supports Ontario-based Indigenous arts professionals and arts professionals of colour, or ad hoc groups/collectives made up of Indigenous arts professionals or arts professionals of colour for professional development and skill-building opportunities that advance applicants’ work and careers. It funds all contemporary and traditional art practices that are supported at OAC. Projects can include: study and training, mentorship, internship and apprenticeship and documentation of art work.

Deadline Dates

March 21 and October 17, 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 the deadline.

Grant amount(s)

  • Skills and Career Development: maximum $10,000

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 changed from Access and Career Development.
  • There are now two new deadline dates.

Eligible applicants

  • individual Indigenous arts professionals or arts professionals of colour, or ad hoc groups/collectives made up of Indigenous arts professionals or arts professionals of colour

Important: You may only receive a Skills and Career Development grant once every two years.


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

Ineligible applicants

This program funds

  • Study and training: to help cover the cost of arts professionals’ attendance at conferences, master classes and workshops or training courses
  • Mentorship: to help cover the cost of developmental relationships between arts professionals and mentors
  • Internship and apprenticeship: to help cover the cost of arts professionals working in temporary positions that emphasize on-the-job training. The applicant must initiate the internship/apprenticeship, and it cannot replace a current position at the group/arts organization
  • Documentation of art work: to help cover the costs of professional preparation of materials that document an arts professionals’ skills, training and abilities

Eligible expenses can include:

  • living expenses (maximum $2,000/month)
  • travel (out of town transportation, accommodation, meal allowance)
  • tuition, registration or study fees
  • mentor fees
  • workspace/equipment rental
  • educational materials

This program does not fund

  • fundraising activities, contests or competitions
  • capital expenses including equipment
  • creation projects
  • ongoing salaries or office rent
  • business ventures
  • accredited college or university programs
  • enrolment in an ongoing course of study
  • marketing
  • promotion
  • hiring of agents or business professionals
  • business planning

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 - receipt of OAC project grant funds for more information on reporting obligations.


Important: To report on a project grant received through a paper application process, email finalreport@arts.on.ca to request a final report form, indicating the program for which you are submitting a report. To report on a project grant you applied for in Nova, 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 – Skills and Careers.


For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide.

Program-specific definitions

Arts professionals: are defined as artists, arts administrators, community animators, curators, programmers, technicians and arts educators who are engaged in creating, producing, promoting, performing, presenting, distributing and/or programming artistic work.


Study and training: include conferences, master classes and workshops or training courses that broaden arts professionals’ knowledge, refine their artistic approach and/or allow them to acquire greater mastery of their art or professional practice above the basic level.


Mentorships: are developmental relationships between professional artists and mentors in which the mentor (a more experienced artist or elder) shares information, skills or knowledge and standards or best practices that will advance the artists’ careers, enhance their education and build their networks. The artists should receive the primary benefit of the mentorship.


Internships and apprenticeships: are temporary positions that emphasize on-the-job training, giving work experience in the field or artistic practice above the basic level. The internship/apprenticeship must provide education, not merely employment, and the intern/apprentice should receive the primary benefit.


Documentation of art work: are materials that document an artist’s skills, training and abilities. Examples are: professional preparation of demo recordings for musicians; archival recording of works in performance for dance artists; demo reels for theatre artists; documentation of visual arts work; documentation of learner’s support material for arts educators; websites as a presentation tool.


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


OAC is referring to people of colour based on the Government of Canada’s definition of “visible minorities,” which is “persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.”