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Ontario Arts Council


Bushra Junaid

Program Officer
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

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.

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


This program supports Ontario-based Indigenous arts professionals and 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, 2017, 1 p.m. ET
  • Applications are available online 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
  • You may apply for more than one type of activity for a maximum of $10,000 per deadline for all activity together.
  • Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.

What's changed this year

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

Who is eligible

  • Individual Indigenous arts professionals or arts professionals of colour, or collectives made up of Indigenous arts professionals or arts professionals of colour.

Who is not eligible

  • Applicants who have received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship in the past.
  • Applicants who have received two Access and Career Development grants.
  • Students enrolled full- or part-time at a college or university in an undergraduate program.
  • Graduate/post-graduate students enrolled in a course of study whose project is directly related to their arts discipline, field of study or thesis topic.
  • Applicants who have received funding for the same or similar activity and who have not yet completed and reported on the first activity. Examples include:
    • Work with the same mentor/teacher/consultant/organization on the same or similar activity.
    • Research and professional development on the same subject or for the same project.

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

What 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

What 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 activities for which you are requesting funding:

  • cannot start before the deadline;
  • cannot finish before you receive your grant results; and
  • must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results.

Important: You cannot apply to this program if you have an overdue final report in any OAC grant program.

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. A final report form will be available 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, you need to submit

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.