The program supports organizations, ad hoc groups/collectives and independent curators to present projects that exhibit, document or disseminate the work of professional Ontario visual artists or provide professional development for artists.
Grants also support independent Ontario-based curators to undertake research projects.
There are two categories:
Important: Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.
The Public Art Galleries Projects program merged with the Visual Arts Project program.
Important: Non-visual arts organizations must demonstrate that they have engaged the appropriate visual arts expertise to carry out the project, i.e. the expertise of the arts professionals directly involved in the project, and/or the expertise of an advisory committee of visual arts professionals.
Important: Organizations applying as new applicants in the Visual Arts: Artist-Run Centres and Organizations: Operating program may apply only for projects taking place in their current fiscal year.
More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs
Eligible Presentation project expenses include:
Important: OAC will not fund 100 per cent of a Presentation project. To show other community support for the project, your budget must include revenue from sources other than the OAC grant request, such as fundraising, earned revenue or other funding. Donations of goods or services are also considered community support for a project.
Curatorial Research and Development Projects
Important: You cannot apply to this program if you have an overdue final report in any OAC grant program. You may receive only one Visual Arts Project grant in an OAC fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).