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Shoshana Wasser

Senior Communications Coordinator (Government & Media Relations)
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058

New Indigenous Arts Support program provides funding for aspiring and established Indigenous artists and arts organizations

December 10, 2021

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has established Indigenous Arts Support, a $4-million grant program announced in early November by the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

The one-time project program supports the artistic practice and career development of First Nations, Inuit and Métis aspiring and established professional artists working in customary, traditional and contemporary art forms, as well as organizational development for Indigenous arts organizations and collectives.

The program has two streams:

Indigenous Arts Support: Grants for Individuals

Individuals can apply for the following amounts:
  • Aspiring artists: $3,000
  • Professional artists: $15,000
  • Curators, programmers, presenters, literary editors: $10,000
Eligible costs include:
  • Skills development through training and mentorship,
  • Marketing and promotion,
  • Purchase of artist materials and supplies,
  • Software and hardware upgrades,
  • Studio or workspace upgrades,
  • Artist website development.
Program and application details are available here.

The deadline for individuals to apply is 1 p.m. ET on January 27, 2022.

Indigenous Arts Support: Grants for Collectives and Organizations

This funding stream supports Indigenous arts organizations and eligible artist collectives in administrative capacity-building and the development of artistic sustainability.

Program and application details will be available on OAC’s website on December 20, 2021.

The deadline for organizations and collectives to apply is 1 p.m. ET on January 18, 2022.

For questions about the individuals program stream, please contact:

Candice Jacko
Indigenous Arts Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058

For questions about the organizations program stream, please contact:

Erika Iserhoff
Indigenous Arts Officer
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058