The program supports projects that bring together Ontario-based Indigenous artists or Elders to:
- work with individuals or groups of people from a community on collaborative activities that create a meaningful arts experience and transmit artistic skills and knowledge
- teach arts workshops in schools during the upcoming school year, engaging children and youth in creative, active, hands-on and in-depth arts experiences
There are five categories:
- Community arts projects: to help cover the costs of participatory activities that promote learning, collaboration and/or engagement in the arts
- Indigenous languages through the arts: to help cover the costs of artistic and community-engaged projects in which the primary purpose is the transmission of Indigenous languages through the arts
- Training for community artists and animators: to help cover the costs of Indigenous artists and animators working in community and non-arts settings to seek training and mentorship opportunities that will strengthen their community arts, arts training or arts education practice
- Indigenous artists in schools projects: to help cover the costs of activities that promote learning, collaboration and/or engagement in the arts
- Indigenous artists in northern fly-in communities: supports (a) applicants from fly-in communities working anywhere in Ontario, and (b) applicants from anywhere in Ontario working in fly-in communities
Note: Applicants may apply to only one category.
March 4 and September 15, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
- Applications will be available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
- Grant notification will be available approximately four and a half months after each deadline.
Important: Individuals have the option to apply orally to this program. For more information or to apply, call 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7401.
- Community arts projects: maximum $15,000
- Indigenous languages through the arts: maximum $15,000
- Training for community artists and animators: maximum $15,000
- Indigenous artists in schools projects: maximum $15,000
- Indigenous artists in northern Ontario fly-in communities: maximum $17,000
- Grant notification is now available approximately four and a half months after each deadline. Refer to the “Activity timing” section on this page to understand how this may affect the timing of eligible activities.
- professional artists and Elders who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit, and are Ontario residents
- ad hoc group/collectives comprised of individuals, of whom at least 50 per cent identify as Indigenous
- not-for-profit Indigenous organizations, centres and councils
- Elders and language/knowledge keepers who are engaged in an artistic practice
- Helpers may be co-applicants or named in the project and included in the budget
- Ontario schools run by First Nations or Indigenous Education Authorities, applying to bring in Indigenous artists
- part-time teachers
- Note: they may only apply for a project happening at the school where they are employed if a letter from the school is provided stating that they are doing the project outside employment hours
- applicants must have a permanent physical address in Ontario
Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.
- municipalities, colleges and/or universities
- teachers employed full-time by a school board, private school, or a school run by a First Nation or First Nation education authority during the period of time the project will take place
This program funds
- community-engaged co-creation, production, exhibitions and presentations, in all arts disciplines
- workshop series, art camps, summer programs, experiential arts learning activities and after-school art programs
- community-based arts activities held in schools, community centres, health centres, home studios, galleries, site specific and on the land
- training for artists who wish to improve their skills and work in community settings
- hands-on workshops in schools that engage students in a creative process
- fees and expenses for Elders and language/knowledge keepers who are engaged in an artistic practice, and helpers
- mentorship of emerging Indigenous artist educators, aged between 18 and 30
- preparation time, insurance, vulnerable-sector checks, administrative activities of artists.
- transportation, accommodations and meals, materials and supplies, and equipment rental (if applicable)
- purchase of small-scale equipment, software, electronics and similar materials required to carry out the project
- child care and other dependant care fees (this does not include regular, ongoing expenses)
- expenses related to making the project accessible to audiences and project participants (other than the applicant) who are Deaf or have a disability
- Note: Applicants to this program who identify as Deaf or as having a disability may apply for supplementary funds for their own accessibility expenses through Accessibility Fund: Project Support.
This program does not fund
- events or activities that take place outside of Ontario
- fundraising activities
- major capital expenditures, including buying, leasing or renovating buildings and purchase of major equipment
- talent shows
- school board costs beyond artists fees and travel
- non-arts partner staff or administrative activities
- faculty or student projects associated with their research, course work or studies
The activities 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
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
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: up to two audio/video examples (maximum of three minutes each), writing samples (maximum five pages) or images (maximum 10). These videos will help you:
- support documents
- artist/ elder résumés or bios
- commitment letters from each school or community partner involved (for artist applicants), or from each artist (for other applicants)
- letter of confirmation – from school stating that you are doing the grant project during hours that you are not employed by the school, if you will be employed as a teacher on a part-time basis at the school hosting the project
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.
Indigenous: individuals who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit
Community can be defined by geography (city, town, First Nation), or by a group of people who have a common interest, bond or experience
Northern fly-in communities: communities in northern Ontario where access is only by air or by a seasonal winter road, and for which there is no year-round road access