Type of Program:



The program supports organizations, ad hoc groups/collectives and independent curators to present projects that exhibit, document or disseminate the work of professional Ontario visual artists and connect them with Ontario audiences, as well as programs that provide professional development for artists.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to $10,000 on each of the two components: Presentation and Curatorial Research and Development.

When It Ends:

Intake opens approximately two months before the deadline


November 24, 2022


Applicants must be:

  •  incorporated not-for-profit Ontario-based visual arts organizations, including public art galleries, with a permanent physical address in Ontario;
  • ad hoc groups/collectives of visual artists or arts professionals, with 50% of its members residing in Ontario;
  •  independent curators who are Ontario residents. Curators must not be employed as full-time staff in a public gallery or artist-run center;
  • other not-for-profit organizations such as non-arts organizations or organizations working in another arts discipline.

Additionaly, an incorporated not-for-profit organization must: 

  • be incorporated in Ontario or federally
  • have a head office in Ontario
  • be governed by a volunteer board of directors or an advisory board.

Additionally, ad hoc group or collective must:

  • have 50 per cent of its members residing in Ontario;
  • be comprised of at least two members who meet the eligibility requirements for individuals listed above and who will be responsible for the administration of the grant on behalf of the ad hoc group or collective;
  • not be a corporation;
  • be able to deposit a grant cheque in the name of the ad hoc group or collective. Note: Ad hoc groups are formed for a one-time project, while collectives have ongoing activity.

Additionaly, an individual must:

  • be a professional artist or arts professional. 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 a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, or have an application pending for permanent resident status and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.
  • be a resident of Ontario.

Galleries within a multi-purpose institution (such as a library, university, museum or municipality) must be governed by a board of directors or an advisory body solely responsible for the gallery. Non-visual arts organizations must demonstrate that they have engaged the appropriate visual arts expertise to carry out the project, i.e. the expertise of the arts professionals directly involved in the project, and/or the expertise of an advisory committee of visual arts professionals.

Applications Steps:


Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. Applicants will be able to do this approximately two months before the deadline.
Before applying, applicants must create or update their profile in Nova.

Documentation Needed:

The application must include:

  1. 1
    basic information about the project
  2. 2
     answers to the questions in the application: split into questions about artistic merit, impact and visibility.
  3. 3
    project budget
  4. 4
    artistic examples: images or audio-visual documentation of past projects or artwork to be presented as part of the project; documentation of past projects; critical writing samples.
  5. 5
    support documents: résumés or bios for key organizers and participating artists; letters of agreement or support.

Other Things to Note:

The program has two categories:

  1. 1
    Presentation Project;
  2. 2
    Curatorial Research and Development Project.

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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