The program supports craft-based practices through grants to Ontario-based artists, curators, ad hoc groups/collectives and organizations. There are four categories:
- Research/Creation and Development – Emerging artists and curators: to help cover the costs of research, experimentation, creation, production and career development
- Research/Creation and Development – Mid-Career and Established artists and curators: to help cover the costs of research, experimentation, creation, production and career development
- Research/Creation and Development – Collaborations: to help cover the costs of artists to collaborate on research, experimentation, creation, production and career development
- Connections: to help cover the costs of projects that connect Ontario craft with audiences and expand the public profile and appreciation for craft; programming that encourages craft-based critical discourse and curatorial practice; and activities that make connections within the Ontario craft community.
The program’s priorities are to support:
- a range of craft-based practices including work that is functional, conceptual, sculptural or from an art or design perspective; and projects that preserve craft traditions or explore new directions
- Indigenous artists working with craft materials in contemporary or customary ways
- activities that contribute to arts education, public participation and community involvement in craft in Ontario
- craft artists at all stages of their careers
- craft artists to create individually or to work with others collaboratively, either within the craft field or in other disciplines
October 14, 2020, 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.
- Research/Creation and Development – Emerging artists and curators: maximum $5,000
- Research/Creation and Development – Mid-career and Established artists and curators: maximum $15,000
- Research/Creation and Development – Collaborations: maximum $15,000
- Connections: maximum $12,000
Important: Due to the number of applications we receive and the limited funds that are available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.
Research/Creation and Development:
- artists and curators who are Ontario residents and have a permanent physical address in Ontario
- ad hoc groups/collectives or collaborative groups with a permanent physical address in Ontario
- artists and curators; co-applicants are eligible
- craft guilds (incorporated or not)
- incorporated not-for-profit organizations
Important: For collaborative projects in Research/Creation and Development or Connections categories, you have the option of:
- selecting one individual or group to submit the application on behalf of the group
- applying as two co-applicants
- applying as an informal group/collective
Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.
- undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full-time at an educational institution
- curators may not apply for research or exhibition activities they have been contracted or employed to do for an organization that receives OAC operating grants in the Visual Arts section
- public galleries and artist-run centres receiving an operating grant in the Visual Arts section
- municipalities, colleges and/or universities
- an incorporated for-profit business
- anyone who has received a Chalmers Professional Development grant and not completed and reported on the project
- organizations that receive a grant in the Public Art Galleries: Operating or Visual Arts Artist-Run Centres and Organizations: Operating programs.
- organizations that receive an operating grant in other OAC programs, with the exception of organizations mandated to serve one or more of the OAC priority groups.
Important: Individual artists and curators may apply to only one OAC Visual Arts or Craft program per year, regardless of whether their application is successful. The Exhibition Assistance program is the exception to this application limit.
This program funds
- artistic research and experimentation; exploration of new directions and techniques
- independent curatorial research and writing and development of exhibition projects
- studio time to continue a body of work in progress, or create a new body of work
- development of prototypes for small-batch production
- travel related to research and creation
- short-term study, training, workshops or master classes
- mentorship projects
- attendance at an important conference or other professional opportunity
- exhibitions, shows and festivals
- independent curatorial projects that involve public exhibition, presentation or audience engagement activities
- catalogues and publications (printed and online), and plans for distribution
- workshops for craft artists, e.g. visiting artists working with a group in a creative workshop or other professional development activities
- workshops and other audience engagement activities for the public
- artists-in-residence projects, in which the residency includes a public engagement component
- panel discussions, artist talks, symposia, conferences and networking events
Important: Curators undertaking research and development projects without a public presentation component should apply to the Research/Creation and Development category. The project must include Ontario artists. If the project involves non-Ontario artists coming to Ontario, and/or Ontario artists going outside the province, you must describe a clear benefit to Ontario’s arts community and/or audiences.
This program does not fund
- major capital expenditures, including buying, leasing or renovating buildings and purchase of major equipment
- studio and/or business set-up costs
- studio renovation, repair or relocation
- commissions and student projects
- tuition for full-time study
- publication of artist’s catalogue
- activities taking place in galleries and artist-run centres that receive OAC operating support in the Visual Arts section
- exhibition projects that are primarily commercial in nature
- fundraising projects
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
- If your project has a public launch, e.g. exhibition opening, it must not be scheduled to open to the public before you receive your 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. 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
- If the budget you submit shows a surplus of more than $250 (revenues as compared to expenses), you may be required to repay the surplus amount to OAC.
- 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.
- if applicable, five to eight images of new work created, or work in progress, and a numbered list with a title or description for each image
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:
- basic information about the project
- your answers to application questions
- project budget
- artistic examples:
- support documents:
- applicant’s history and artist’s résumés, CVs, or bios
- letters of agreement or support for curatorial research
- letters of reference or support for Connections projects
Complete instructions and requirements are in the application in Nova.
For information on how assessors rate applications see the Evaluation Rubric – Activity Projects.
For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide.
- Emerging artists and curators: applicants in the early years of their careers, usually with up to eight years of professional experience in their practice
- Mid-career and established artists and curators: applicants with at least eight years of practice, a reasonable body of work and professional recognition for their work
- Craft grants support artists working in a wide range of craft materials and practices. This includes, but is not limited to:
- book arts, e.g. book binding; paper-making
- clay/ceramics, e.g. pottery, sculptural work
- craft-based design practices
- fibre, e.g. appliqué, basketry, embroidery, felting, knitting, needlework, quill work, quilting, sculptural textiles or fibre, surface design/printing, tamarack, tufting, weaving
- glass, e.g. architectural, stained, hot glass
- inter-disciplinary practice (a collaboration between a craft artist and a partner working outside of craft; for example, a jewellery artist working with a dancer)
- leather work
- metal work
- multidisciplinary practice (the use of a variety of materials in a craft work; e.g. a jewellery artist incorporating fibre work)
- musical instruments
- turned wood and wood carving
- wearable art, including regalia