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Questions – Indigenous Arts Support: Grants for Individuals

This page lists the questions that appear in the application form for the Indigenous Arts Support: Grants for Individuals program. The application form is available in in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system.

Remember, assessors only know what you tell them. You can’t assume that they will know your work, your community or your cultural context. In answering the questions, be sure to provide all the information they need to understand and assess your project.

See the evaluation rubric for more information on how assessors rate applications.

Project Information

  • Eligibility statement

    • I meet OAC’s definition of Indigenous as described on the program web page.

  • Project Category

    • Aspiring artists ($3,000)

    • Professional artists ($15,000)

      • Note: Professional artists include Indigenous Culture Carriers with an artistic practice (see the program web page for details).
    • Curators, programmers, presenters and literary editors ($10,000)
  • Artistic Discipline
    • What is your main artistic discipline?
      • Craft
      • Dance
      • Literature/Publishing
      • Media Arts
      • Multidisciplinary or Inter-Arts
      • Music
      • Theatre
      • Visual Arts
    • Tip: The disciplines include customary and traditional practices as well as contemporary practices. Here are examples of where to put some artistic practices:
      • Dance: powwow dance
      • Literature: storytelling, spoken word poetry
      • Media arts: new media, video and electronic games, virtual reality
      • Music: drumming, throat singing
      • Visual arts (including craft): basketry, beading, quillwork, regalia design
    • Contact OAC program staff if you’re not sure where your artistic practice fits.
  • Project Dates
    • I confirm that:
      • the activities for which I am requesting funding will take place after December 10, 2021
      • if I receive a grant, I will complete my project and report on how I spent the grant by March 15, 2023 or request an extension from the program officer

Application Details

  • Describe your Indigenous identity in relation to community and culture. Identify your nation or Indigenous affiliation and describe your lived experience as an Indigenous person. (Maximum 150 words)
    • Writing tip:
      • This program is open to Indigenous individuals only. The answer to this question is to confirm you are eligible for the program.
      • Your Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) identity may include family connections or nationhood and it may also include displacement.
  • Tell us about your artistic practice. What is important to you in your work (this can include cultural knowledge or experiences, your identity, geography, community, language, etc.)? (Maximum 300 words)
    • Writing tip: Describe what you create, perform, curate, program, present, or publish.
  • What are you planning to do? Check all that apply.
    Note: This program is flexible. You can change your project plans after receiving the grant if necessary, as long as the new activities are listed as options here.
    • Research, create and/or develop artistic work
    • Purchase or gather art materials and supplies
    • Rent a studio or workspace
    • Upgrade your studio or workspace
    • Purchase or upgrade technology for your artistic practice
    • Develop your skills through training or mentorship
    • Attend creative residencies
    • Present artistic work to the public or in schools
    • Offer arts activities in schools or communities
    • Market your artistic work to presenters or audiences
    • Participate in arts events or training opportunities, or use tools and services offered by arts or indigenous organizations
    • Develop your artist website or portfolio
    • Publish books, ebooks, zines, catalogues or other works

Support Material

  • Provide one example of your strongest artistic work (mandatory). Choose the format that best presents your artistic practice:
    • Audio (maximum 3 minutes)
      • If you submit a file that is longer than the maximum noted above, indicate the 3 minutes you would like assessors to review.
    • Video (maximum 3 minutes of viewing time)
      • If you submit a file that is longer than the maximum noted above, indicate the 3 minutes you would like assessors to review.
    • Images (maximum 3 images)
      • Three images count as one example.
    • Written (maximum 5 pages in total)
      • Written examples may include completed works or excerpts from longer published or unpublished works.
    • Tip: The following formats are recommended based on your artistic practice:
      • Dance: video
      • Literature: written, video or audio (for literary works for performance, such as spoken word)
      • Media Arts: video
      • Multi and Inter-arts: audio, video, images, or written
      • Music: audio or video for performing artists, audio or scores for composers and songwriters
      • Theatre: video for performing artists, written for playwrights
      • Visual Arts: images or video
      • Curators: images, video or written
      • Programmers and presenters: video or audio (of artistic work you have programmed or presented)
      • Literary editors: written
  • Artist CV (mandatory). (Maximum 1,000 words or 3 pages)
    • Tip: Your Artist CV should include activities and accomplishments related to your professional art practice, listed by year. Include the following as applicable:
      • Artistic training: This may include formal education (university, college, conservatory), mentorship, workshops, or learning from family members or Indigenous Culture Carriers. You may also describe your own research and artistic experimenting. Training in an academic institution is not mandatory. You do not need to list individual college or university courses if the courses were part of your main area of study (for example, visual arts courses that are part of a visual arts diploma program).
      • Artistic public presentation and/or publication: Provide examples of where you have you shared your artistic work, such as performances, recordings, exhibitions, or publications. (For curators, programmers, presenters and literary editors, list examples of exhibitions, publications or events you have curated, programmed, presented or published.)
      • Artistic awards and recognition: List prizes, nominations, awards, grants you have received for your artistic practice.
      • Artistic professional associations: List memberships in groups such as artists’ unions, creators’ guilds, arts services organizations and industry organizations.
    • Aspiring artists: Your CV can be very short. It only needs to show that you have had some training and/or have done activities that show you have been committed to developing your artistic practice for at least one full year.