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Grant: Toronto Arts Council-Faculty of Communication and Design Digital Solutions Incubator

“The TAC-FCAD Digital Solutions Incubator aims to:

  • Address organizational challenges within the arts sector using digital-enabled approaches.
  • Facilitate creative, collaborative and unexpected solutions with the potential to benefit the arts sector as a whole.
  • Provide arts organizations and collectives access to design and technological expertise.
  • Enhance organizational capacity in the arts sector around digital technology

This pilot program was created through a partnership between TAC and Ryerson University’s Faculty of Communications and Design (FCAD) to encourage arts organizations to consider the creative possibilities unlocked by the use of technology. The partnership provides arts organizations with access to design and technological expertise to explore digital solutions to the challenges they face, as well as practical, hands-on projects for the participants of the Ryerson Creative Impact Supercourses, educational experiences that challenge students from different programs to work with external partners to conceive and develop digital ideas into functional prototypes.

For the purposes of this grant, “digital” refers to any user-centered design process involving significant use of mobile, web, augmented/virtual reality or computer-based technology.

Application Deadline: April 16, 2018

For more information, please visit

-from Toronto Arts Council website

Indigenous Culture Fund (Ontario Arts Council)

“The Indigenous Culture Fund (ICF) was created to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, culture and way of life. The new fund is administered by Indigenous staff members at the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), on behalf of the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS).

The fund is part of the Government of Ontario’s response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). The OAC and MTCS acknowledge and thank all of the survivors, their relations and the TRC.

ICF was created through a process of extensive outreach and collaboration with Indigenous communities across Ontario.  ICF exists to support cultural priorities and activities as defined by Indigenous peoples and communities, including on and off-reserve, urban, rural and remote.

The process of engagement is an ongoing one. If you have feedback on ICF, we would like to hear from you.

The goals of ICF are to:

  • Support the vitality and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis expression and ways of life.
  • Create opportunities for Indigenous people to continue community building.
  • Support community-based activities that foster well-being and resilience for Indigenous peoples of all ages.
  • Support Indigenous peoples to engage in and share cultural practices, knowledge and learning.
  • Support Indigenous language revitalization.”

For more information on the ICF grant programs, please visit Ontario Arts Council’s Indigenous Culture Fund page.

-from Ontario Arts Council website

4Cs Foundation SEED Grants: New Grants for Community Arts in Halifax

4Cs Foundation SEED grants fund new ideas and approaches in community arts

Responding to the expressed needs of the community, the 4Cs Foundation, Halifax’s only source of grants for community arts, announces a new grant for community arts activities. We are calling these new grants SEED grants as they provide funding to explore, to test ideas, to try new methods and to respond to emerging issues and opportunities within a community.

 In late 2016 the 4Cs Foundation held conversations with community arts organizations, artists, and others with an interest in community arts. The number one message we heard was there is a need for groups to be able to access small community arts grants to respond to opportunities and emerging ideas. We also heard there is an urgent need for people (especially POC) to be able to convene as a group to explore through arts-based activities issues of importance to them. We are responding to what we learned in those conversations with new grants to help meet these needs.

Groups, organizations and community artist leaders are eligible and invited to apply for a SEED grant. Two categories of funding make grants available for up to $3000.00. There are no deadlines for applying. Our process is agile and responsive, with a short turn around between applying and hearing back on your application. See the 4Cs Foundation website for detailed criteria and eligibility information. A staff person is available to assist applicants with their application.

The 4Cs Foundation continues to invest in community arts infrastructure and the next generation of community artists in Halifax by offering our SEED grants. Our SEED grants continue the 4Cs Foundation community arts capacity building work by funding the development of new ideas and approaches for community arts with artists, groups and organizations.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please call Terri Whetstone, 4Cs Foundation Executive Director 902-422-4805.”

-submitted by 4Cs Foundation
Read 4Cs Foundation’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

SHINE Music Bursaries (Deadline: Nov 30, 2017)


“The SHINE Music Bursary is an annual financial award intended to support young musicians who wish to further their study or practice of traditional or folk music. Award amounts vary, up to a maximum of $2,000. This bursary is available to youth who:

  • Face financial barriers which impede their practice and/or study of music
  • Are between the ages of 16 and 24
  • Are seeking to further their study or practice of traditional or folk music
  • Are living in the Greater Toronto Area

Funding for the SHINE Music Bursary is raised through our annual SHINE! Concert and through generous donations from individuals and groups. Donations are welcome throughout the year and can be made by clicking on the Donate Now button.

Candidates wishing to apply may do so at any time throughout the year. Applications received by 30 November will be considered for this year by our Selection Committee, made up of music industry professionals, performers and youth agency workers, among others. This year’s award(s) will be announced early in the new year and will be presented at the next SHINE! concert fundraising event. Applications received after the 30 November submission deadline will be considered among the following years’ applications.

Info and application guidelines available here:,

Deadline is Nov 30, 2017

-from SHINE website

Call for Nominations: 2017 Yulanda M. Faris Award (Community Arts Council of Vancouver)

“Do you know community arts fundraising leaders under 35 years of age?

The Community Arts Council is currently seeking nominations for the 2017 Yulanda M. Faris Award. The winner will have the opportunity to choose a Downtown Eastside (DTES) Vancouver organization supporting the community led renewal through the arts and a $1,000 donation will be made in their name to that organization.

Deadline for nominations is October 30, 2017, 11:59pm PST. Nominees will be juried and the winner selected and notified on November 6, 2017

For more information on eligibility criteria, check out CACV’s blog.”

-from CACV website
Read Community Arts Council of Vancouver’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Reminder: Submit your award nomination! / Rappel : Soumettez votre candidature pour les prix honorifiques!

(Vous trouverez le message en français à la suite)
ArtBridges/ToileDesArts is now collecting nominations for the 3rd Annual Recognition Awards for community-engaged arts initiatives, community partners and ArtBridges’ Member initiatives.

These awards will showcase remarkable work in community-engaged arts taking place in Canada. There are three categories:
1) Innovation
2) Resiliency
3) Creativity

One award will be given in each category. Each award-winning initiative will receive a certificate and $250 award as well as recognition on the ArtBridges hub. You can apply for one, two or all three, award categories. The awards jury will be comprised of three active leaders in community arts in Canada.

You are eligible to nominate your a community-engaged arts initiative that you are involved with or another that you think highly of. To be considered, please fill out the attached one-page nomination form and submit it back to ArtBridges by May 24, 2017

Past recipients include DAREartsMUArtHeart Community Art Centre4Cs Foundation’s Art Bikers ProgramVIBE Arts and The Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space Initiative (STEPS).

Please contact us at, or 416-691-7777 (toll-free: 1-877-278-3002) if you have any questions.


Tiffany Nyklickova
ArtBridges Membership Developer

& Seanna Connell
Project Director

ArtBridges/ToileDesArts lance un appel de candidatures pour la troisième édition de ses Prix honorifiques annuels soulignant le travail remarquable de ses membres, des projets ou organismes d’art communautaires œuvrant au Canada.

Il y a trois catégories, pour chacune desquelles un prix sera remis :
1) Innovation
2) Résilience
3) Créativité

Chaque organisme ou projet gagnant recevra un certificat ainsi qu’un prix de 250 $ et sera publiquement reconnu sur le site de la ToileDesArts. Vous pouvez soumettre votre candidature pour les trois catégories ou pour une ou deux d’entre elles. Le jury sera composé de trois personnes jouant un rôle de leader dans le milieu de l’art communautaire au Canada.

Vous pouvez soumettre la candidature de l’organisme pour lequel vous travaillez ou avec lequel vous collaborez, ou celle d’un autre organisme que vous tenez en haute estime. Pour participer, veuillez remplir d’ici le 24 mai 2017 le formulaire d’une page accessible en cliquant sur ce lien :

Voici les récipiendaires des années passées : DAREarts, MU, ArtHeart Community Art Centre, 4Cs Foundation’s Art Bikers Program, VIBE Arts et The Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space Initiative (STEPS).

Communiquez avec nous à l’adresse courriel ou au 416-691-7777 (sans frais : 1-877-278-3002) si vous avez des questions!


Tiffany Nyklickova
Responsable de la campagne d’adhésion

& Seanna Connell
Directrice du projet

ARTicipate Project Grant (AOE Arts Council, Ottawa)


“The ARTicipate Project Grants Program enhances artistic activity at the Shenkman Arts Centre by supporting high quality programming in all disciplines through grants awarded to local artists and arts organizations that will be presenting or exhibiting their work at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
Specifically, the ARTicipate Project Grant Program supports:

  • Presentation and exhibition of high quality artistic work in the Shenkman Arts Centre
  • Local artists and arts organizations of all levels and disciplines
  • Access to Shenkman Arts Centre spaces to non-resident artists and arts organizations
  • English, French and bilingual artistic activities in the Shenkman Arts Centre
  • Collaborative projects involving more than one artist and/or arts organization.

Eligible Applicants
Applicants must be based in the Ottawa Region and have a mandate to present artistic programming or have an artistic practice.

Eligible Projects/Activities
Funding is awarded for the presentation and exhibition of high quality artistic work in the Shenkman Arts Centre by local artists and arts organizations based in the Ottawa Region.

There are two Project Grant categories:

  1. Project Grants for local Ottawa artists and arts groups who are presenting or exhibiting at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
  2. Visual artists can also apply to exhibit their work in the LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

2017 Deadline:  May 26, 2017

Project Grants Guidelines  (PDF
Project Grants: Application form (PDF) (Word)
Project Grants:Application form Lalande+Doyle Exhibition Space (PDF) (Word)

“With an Articipate grant, I will have my very first solo exhibition – a milestone that has been decades in the making. I will use the funds to prepare and frame paintings and photographs for formal exhibition, and print special postcards to advertise the show,” says Chinh Nguyen, visual and media arts artist.

About the ARTicipate Endowment Fund 
The ARTicipate Endowment Fund provides grants to Ottawa artists and arts organizations to create and showcase quality work at the beautiful Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa’s east end.  The Fund also supports programming by the Centre’s Resident Arts Partners:  AOE Arts Council, Gloucester Pottery School, MIFO, Ottawa School of Art and OYP Theatre School.

The Fund was created in 2007 with the generous support of donors and the Province of Ontario and is stewarded by AOE Arts Council, a registered charity.  Funds are securely invested jointly with the City of Ottawa Treasury.  Since inception, $431,194 has been disbursed through 110 grants to local artists and arts organizations. The ARTicipate Fund is proud to take a leadership role in providing funding to support the creation of local and original work.

Want to donate to the Fund and assist local artists?  Donate Now!

-from AOE Arts Council website

Input Needed: Indigenous Culture Fund (Ontario Arts Council)


“Ontario is creating a new fund to support Indigenous cultural expression and ways of life. The new fund is part of Ontario’s response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. We thank the Commission and all the survivors who shared their stories for pointing the way forward.

Launching in 2017, the Indigenous Culture Fund (ICF) is designed to support community-centred Indigenous cultural activities. The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) are hosting engagement meetings for Indigenous individuals, organizations and community members across Ontario to learn about ICF and provide input on the proposed program design. The fund will be administered by OAC and the application process will open in the summer, with a fall deadline for submissions. It will support activities starting in 2018.

Learn more about engagement meetings for Indigenous individuals, organizations and community members.
Before the fund is launched, we want Indigenous community feedback on:

  1. The name and the goals of the fund.
  2. The criteria for who can apply and what they can apply for.
  3. The process applicants will use to apply for funding.
  4. The assessment process that OAC will use to make decisions, including the selection process for assessment panels.
  5. The reporting and evaluation process applicants will be asked to follow.
  6. How to best support applicants and any other comments to help ensure the success of the fund.


Learn more about the proposed program framework

Provide input on the proposed framework

-from Ontario Arts Council website

Community Arts Investment Program (London Arts Council)


Community Arts Investment Program (CAIP)

“The goal of the Community Arts Investment Program is to encourage public awareness and appreciation of the arts; increase access to quality local arts programming, and enhance London’s desirability as a community.

Administered by the London Arts Council, and funded by the City of London, the Community Arts Investment Program provides:

1) Operating and project funding for not-for-profit arts organizations operating within the City of London

2) Project funding for professional artists living within the City of London

The goal of the Community Arts Investment Program is to encourage public awareness and appreciation of the arts; increase access to quality local arts programming, and enhance London’s desirability as a community.”

For more information, please visit

-from London Arts Council

Indigenous Artists in Communities Projects (Ontario Arts Council)


The program supports projects that bring together professional 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. There are three 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

Deadline Dates
February 22 and September 19, 2017, 1 p.m. ET

  • Applications will be available online approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Grant notification approximately four months after the deadline.

Grant amount(s)

  • Community arts projects: maximum $15,000
  • Indigenous languages through the arts: maximum $15,000
  • Training for community artists and animators: maximum $15,000

Important: Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.

What’s changed this year

  • The program was previously called Aboriginal Artists in Communities.

Who is eligible

  • 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.
  • Applicants must have a permanent physical address in Ontario.

Who is not eligible

  • Students
  • Municipalities, colleges and/or universities

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

What 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.

What this program does not fund

  • Events or activities that take place outside of Ontario
  • Fundraising activities
  • Capital expenses
  • Talent shows

Important: You cannot apply to this program if you have an overdue final report in any OAC grant program.

For more information and to apply for this grant program, please visit Ontario Arts Council website.

-from Ontario Arts Council website