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Ontario Arts Council


Caroline Cotter

Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7455

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.

Visual Artists Creation Projects


The program supports professional Ontario-based visual artists to create new work and to continue work in progress. The program aims to reflect the range of artistic practices in the visual arts, and to support excellence, regional activity, diverse artists and communities.

There are three categories, based on years of professional practice and public presentation of work:
  • Emerging artists
  • Mid-career artists
  • Established artists

Deadline Dates

April 20 and September 21, 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.
  • PLEASE NOTE: This program does not provide juror comments or feedback to either successful or unsuccessful applicants.

Grant amount(s)

  • Emerging: $5,000
  • Mid-Career: $7,500
  • Established: $15,000

Important: Partial grants are not awarded.

Recent changes

  • Visual Artists: Established; Visual Artists: Mid-career; and Visual Artists: Emerging programs are merged into Visual Artists Creation Projects.
  • Deadlines have shifted from May (Established), September (Mid-career) and November (Emerging) to April and September for all three categories.
  • Artistic support material limits have changed.

Eligible applicants

  • Professional emerging, mid-career and established visual artists who are Ontario residents, with a permanent physical address in Ontario.
    • Established: artists with an extensive body of work and with history of national and international exhibitions and/or those who have achieved a wide degree of recognition. You must have been practicing professionally for at least 15 years (meaning public presentation of your work) to apply to this category.
    • Mid-career: artists whose professional careers have passed the early stages, who have produced a reasonable body of work and have attained a fair degree of public exposure. You must have been practicing professionally for at least 8 years (meaning public presentation of your work) to apply to this category.
    • Emerging: artists in the early years of their professional careers who have a small exhibition record. You must have been practicing professionally for at least three years (meaning public presentation of your work) to apply to this category.
    • Professional practice does not include activities undertaken while you were a full-time student
  • You may apply to only one deadline per year.
  • Artists working in collaboration: If you create work in collaboration with one or more other artist(s), all of the collaborative team members must meet program eligibility criteria. Select one artist to apply on behalf of the group. If a grant is awarded, this lead applicant will receive a T4A and will take responsibility for the group’s grant. Describe the collaboration in your artist’s statement and submit artistic examples showing past collaborative work. If you submit an application on behalf of a collaboration, you may not apply as an individual artist to the Visual Artists Creation Projects program within the same year.

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

Ineligible applicants

  • Undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full-time (more than two courses) at an educational institution.
  • You may apply to only one OAC Visual Arts, Craft or Media Arts program per OAC fiscal year (April 1-March 31), regardless of whether your application is successful.
  • If you receive a Visual Artists Creation Project grant you must skip a year before you can apply again. For example, if you receive a grant at the April 2017 deadline, you may not apply again until 2019. You may receive support from the Exhibition Assistance program in addition to one other Visual Arts, Craft or Media Arts grants.

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

This program funds

  • The time and materials needed to create new work or continue work in progress.
  • Visual arts practices including painting, drawing, printmaking, installation, sculpture, performance art, photography and electronic media. If you are an artist working in craft, you should apply to the Craft Projects program.
  • If you are working in film and video installation, your application may be eligible in either the Visual Artists Creation Projects or the Media Artists Creation Projects programs. Please contact us for more information.

This program does not fund

  • Capital or major equipment expenses.
  • Exhibition presentation costs (shipping, crating, installation and framing).
  • Marketing activities (websites, brochures).
  • Publications and books.
  • Student or educational projects.
  • Professional development or training activities.
  • Travel costs to exhibitions and events.
  • Commissioned projects.
  • Fundraising projects.

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.

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.
  • 8 images or 8 minutes of video of the work you created with the use of your grant funds (digital images, video files or Vimeo links)
  • A numbered list with the title, date and description for each example (PDF)
  • Documentation and/or an explanation of how you acknowledged OAC support for your project. This could include samples of OAC logo recognition on materials produced in conjunction with the project, such as publications, websites, invitations, press releases, or videos; a description of verbal acknowledgement at public events.

To apply

If you work in performance art, kinetic sculpture or electronic media, you may submit video artistic examples instead of still images. Subtract one still image for each minute of video included.

Montages of your work are not permitted. This video will help: Preparing Effective Support Material for Visual Arts and Craft Grants.
  • Support documents: résumé (maximum three pages). Additional material such as brochures, news clippings and reviews are not accepted.