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Indigenous Culture Fund Grants

The Ontario Arts Council has multiple project grants as part of their Indigenous Culture Fund

ICF Small Grants 

There are five funding categories:
1. Travel: for travel to participate in community or cultural activities, events, workshops or conferences. Maximum $5,000
Examples: Attending a s eat lodge ceremony in another community.
Participating in a traditional medicines workshop.

2. Community/Culture/Way of Life: for projects, events or activities.
Maximum $5,000
Examples: Organizing a cultural camp where Elders, language speakers and knowledge keepers take youth out on the land and share their teachings.
Hosting a gathering where traditional medicines and harvesting teachings are shared with community members.
Exploring how technology and contemporary culture intersect with traditional ideas and approaches.

3. Indigenous Language Projects: for language revitalization projects, including workshops and classes Maximum $5,000
Examples: Running Indigenous language immersion classes in the community.
Participating in an Indigenous workshop, program or class as an individual learner.

4. Cultural Research, Documentation, Tools and Resources: for research, documentation and the development of materials to support cultural awareness and traditional knowledge.
Maximum $5,000
Examples: Developing a protocols tool-kit that will support archaeological digs in the community.
Researching and documenting stories about the local community and land to share with future generations.

5. Cultural Mentorship or Learning: for projects involving training and mentorship in cultural knowledge or activities.
Maximum $5,000
Examples: A master birch bark canoe maker mentors an emerging maker on traditional techniques for a period of time.
A community group offers family and all-ages drumming workshops.

 

ICF Project Grants for Individuals, Groups and Collectives

There are two funding categories:

1.    Short-term projects maximum $30,000

2.    Long-term projects maximum $60,000

Long-term project grants will be very competitive due to budget limitations. Projects in this category must be larger in scale and scope and have distinct project phases. Recurring annual activities (i.e. annual festival or gathering) are not eligible for the long-term project category. 

Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Way of Life: Land-based learning. Traditional foods and medicines. Language-revitalization workshops, programs and activities. Cultural programs, workshops, camps and activities that engage any or all age groups. Community gatherings, sharing spiritual teachings, ceremony and protocols. Traditional sports and activities.

Learning and Sharing: Traditional knowledge sharing, storytelling and documentation within the community or with other communities and groups. Cultural exchange between different communities and generations. Researching, developing and sharing protocols. Preserving, sharing, reclaiming and working with archeology and material culture. Using contemporary technology to further cultural practices and goals. Sharing indigenous worldviews and cultures with non-Indigenous people and groups.

Youth-Engaged Projects: Fostering leadership and empowerment in youth. Youth-led or youth-engaged cultural projects. Mentorship or exchange between youth and other generations. Creating safe spaces for youth. Opportunities for self-expression and exploration of identity through culture, including digital and contemporary forms of expression.

Visit: http://www.arts.on.ca/grants/icf-project-grants-for-individuals,-groups-and-col for more information

ICF for Project Organizations

There are two funding categories:

Short-term Projects: maximum $60,000

Long-term Projects: maximum $120,000

Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Way of Life: Land-based learning. Traditional foods and medicines. Language-revitalization workshops, programs and activities. Cultural programs, workshops, camps and activities that engage any or all age groups. Community gatherings, sharing spiritual teachings, ceremony and protocols. Traditional sports and activities.

Learning and Sharing: Traditional knowledge sharing, storytelling and documentation within the community or with other communities and groups. Cultural exchange between different communities and generations. Researching, developing and sharing protocols. Preserving, sharing, reclaiming and working with archeology and material culture. Using contemporary technology to further cultural practices and goals. Sharing indigenous worldviews and cultures with non-Indigenous people and groups.

Youth-Engaged Projects: Fostering leadership and empowerment in youth. Youth-led or youth-engaged cultural projects. Mentorship or exchange between youth and other generations. Creating safe spaces for youth. Opportunities for self-expression and exploration of identity through culture, including digital and contemporary forms of expression.

Visit: http://www.arts.on.ca/grants/icf-project-grants-for-organizations for more information