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OAC Indigenous Culture Funds

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For residents of Ontario, the Ontario Arts Council’s (@ONArtsCouncil) Indigenous Culture Funds (ICF) programs are officially open for business. The ICF programs for individuals and organizations have been established to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, culture and way of life.

Applications are now available for all three funding programs under the ICF:

ICF Small Grants

  • What this program supports: Short-term community, culture and way-of-life projects in Ontario with grants of up to $5,000.
  • Who can apply: Ontario-based Indigenous organizations, groups and individuals. First-time applicants, youth and Elders are all encouraged to apply.
  • Deadline: Applications accepted year-round.
  • Full details on this program.

ICF Project Grants for Individuals, Groups and Collectives

  • What this program supports: Larger community, culture and way-of-life projects in Ontario, with up to $30,000 for short-term projects and up to $60,000 for long-term projects.
  • Who can apply: Ontario-based Indigenous organizations, groups and individuals.
  • Deadline: November 1, 2017 at 1 p.m.
  • Full details on this program.

ICF Project Grants for Organizations

  • What this program supports: Large-scale projects undertaken by Indigenous organizations in Ontario, with up to $60,000 for short-term projects and up to $120,000 for long-term projects.
  • Who can apply: Ontario-based Indigenous organizations – including not-for profits, schools, service organizations, community centres, councils and more.
  • Deadline: November 1, 2017 at 1 p.m.
  • Full details on this program.

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OAC Confirms Ontarians Value the Arts

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And this is one of the many reasons I love living in Ontari-ari-o…

New report: Ontarians value the positive impact of arts on quality of life

“The results of the Quality of Life report confirm what we heard as we developed the province’s first Culture Strategy, and show that Ontarians intuitively understand that culture is a fundamentally important part of our lives and communities. I’m proud that our government is taking steps to strengthen the arts and culture sector as we implement the initiatives outlined in the Culture Strategy, and the Ontario Arts Council is an important part of that work.”

Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

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OAC Artists in Communities and School Projects

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Check out the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Communities and Schools Projects program if you have a great initiative in mind. Grants range from $2,000 to $25,000 and the next deadline is June 20, 2017.

Per the OAC website (@ONArtsCouncil):

The program supports the research, development and realization of community-engaged arts projects. Activities involve professional Ontario artists and community members working together to develop and design a creative experience. These experiences may include co-creation. Skill building is a core component of projects. The grant falls into five categories.

Contact Program Administrator Philippe Mesly for more information, either by email at pmesly@arts.on.ca, or by phone at 416-961-1660 ext. 5144.

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New OAC Grant Guidelines/Deadlines

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FYI, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has new guidelines/deadlines for writers seeking grants and funding for projects as of right now.

Check out their link here to learn more.

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OAC Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts

If you know of an artist or arts organization that should be nominated for this highly prestigious (and financially lucrative) award, make sure you nominate them through the Ontario Arts Council by December 1, 2016.

More information available on the OAC’s website.

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Upcoming OAC Grant Deadlines

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Attention all artists residing in Ontario! There are a number of Ontario Arts Council (OAC) grant deadlines approaching in many different artistic disciplines. Click here to see if you meet the requirements for any of them.

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Ontario Arts Council Writing Grant Deadline Approaching

The Ontario Arts Council has money to grant artists in the fields of crafts, dance, theatre, literature, music and visual & media arts. For established writers, there are grants of $12,000 available for the purpose of subsidizing their living expenses while they complete book-length works of poetry and prose. The next deadline for this program, called Writers’ Works in Progress, is June 15, 2016. The basic guidelines are as follows:

Program for: Individuals

Purpose: To assist professional writers to complete book-length works of literary merit.

Eligibility: Ontario-based professional writers may apply for support for the continuation of new work in poetry or prose.

Graphic novels and other comic arts projects will be received at a separate deadline of December 1, 2016. Please see Writers’ Works in Progress – Comic Arts for the guidelines and application.

Click here to learn more about the grant and download the application. Good luck!

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