Type of Program:



The program supports Ontario-based First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists working in the visual arts, crafts or traditional/customary Indigenous art forms to create artwork.

Comments on Funding:

Funding will take the form of grants of $500 or $1,000 to help cover the cost of buying art materials and supplies.

A grant awarded in this program year (July 2021 – March 2022) counts towards a recipient’s three-grant limit for 2021.

When It Ends:

Accepting applications


January 31, 2022


Applicant must be:

  •  artists and Elders who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit;
  • applicants must be Ontario residents. To establish residency in Ontario, you must have lived in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months before submitting an application. This applies to new Ontario residents and former Ontario residents returning after frequent or long-term absences.

Additionally, individuals must:

  • be professional artists or arts professionals. The OAC defines a professional artist or arts professional as someone who has developed skills through training or practice, is recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition, has a history of public presentation or publication, seeks payment for their work and actively practices their art. Short breaks in artistic work history are acceptable.
  • be 18 years of age or older;
  • be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, or have an application pending for permanent resident status and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.

Applications Steps:


Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. Before applying, applicants must create or update their profile in Nova.

Documentation Needed:

The application must include (4 instead of 5):

  1. 1
    answers to the questions in the application: split into questions about artistic merit, impact and visibility;
  2. 2
    name of recommender;
  3. 3
    artistic examples – images or video documentation of the applicant's work: 8 images maximum;
  4. 4
    support document: résumé (optional).

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    Applications accepted by recommenders from July 2021 to January 31, 2022.
  2. 2
    The 2021-2022 program is open from July 2021 until January 31, 2022.
  3. 3
    Note: The 2021-22 program is now closed; the budget has been spent.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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