Aboriginal Traditional Visual Art Forms Program for Organizations
The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, including people with disabilities.
If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day. Your completed application form and all required support material must be postmarked on or before the deadline date.
Please refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed information.
This program supports Aboriginal groups, collectives, cultural centres and other organizations to undertake activities that contribute to the knowledge, sharing, understanding and development of Aboriginal traditional art forms.
For this program, the term “organization” is used in a general sense to include groups, collectives, cultural centres and other non-profit organizations.
The term “Aboriginal traditional visual art forms” refers to activities by Aboriginal organizations that are directed toward the research, dissemination and documentation of objects within Aboriginal communities as well as the broader arts community. These activities involve high levels of technical knowledge and ability, and knowledge of materials and subject.
Through their work, artists who practise Aboriginal traditional visual arts forms show their respect for and knowledge of the historical traditions and the development and context of their art form. They are committed to ensuring the survival of that knowledge for future generations.
Note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.
Who can apply to this program?
This program is open only to Aboriginal people of Canada, which the Canada Council defines as First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.
Organizations must be non-profit and operated by a board of directors consisting of a majority of Aboriginal people. Groups, collectives, cultural centres and other organizations applying to this program must be operated by Aboriginal people and must have the support and recognition of other arts service professionals and organizations.
What types of activities does this program support?
This program has two components, and they support the following activities.
Under this component, Aboriginal organizations can apply for financial support to research the techniques and materials used traditionally by Aboriginal peoples in the making and use of artworks. Research projects can include activities to prepare for the creation of artworks and activities to regain knowledge for the benefit of the Aboriginal community at large.
Dissemination Grants (Sharing the Knowledge)
Funding is available for organizing workshops, lecture series, conferences and round-tables that expand the knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal traditional visual arts forms.
Aboriginal organizations may also apply for funding that will assist with the costs of producing documentation and publications about the history and contexts of Aboriginal traditional art forms. Such documentation can include catalogues, anthologies, brochures and booklets, as well as videotapes and DVDs.
How much is available and what costs can be covered?
These grants cannot be used to fund activities that occurred before this program deadline.
Aboriginal organizations may apply for a maximum of $20,000. Grants can be used to cover travel, subsistence (maximum of $2,000 a month), equipment rental, and transcription and translation costs. Organizations may also apply for honorarium fees and administration costs related to the project.
Organizations may apply for grants of $3,000 to $20,000. The grants are intended for publishing and translation costs as well as costs related to organizing workshops, lecture series and conferences and presenting exhibitions that contribute to the knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal traditional visual arts forms.
Applicants located in the Far North (north of the 60th parallel) or in fly-in communities may apply for additional travel and accommodation costs. A maximum of $5,000 is available for these additional costs.
Visual Arts Section
Canada Council for the Arts
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