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December 16, 2021

Career Catalyst: Project Grants for New Generation Artists

Hosted by Ontario Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council is committed to supporting the next generation of artists, whose ideas and innovations are the future of the arts. We recognize that many young artists today face barriers to gaining experience as professional artists and securing support for their work in competitive and established arts environments. 

This program funds New Generation artists (ages 18-30) in the province who are at a crucial career stage to further their practice during a period of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The program may also provide a first point of entry for artists new to OAC grant programs who have so far had limited access to public arts funding. 

Eligible activities include professional development and training, marketing and promotion, purchase of artist materials and supplies, software and hardware upgrades, and artist’s studio or workspace enhancements.

Note: This program does not support creation, production, presentation/dissemination or school- and community-based arts engagement activities. These activities are supported through OAC’s regular project programs which continue to run as usual, many with expanded eligibility in response to COVID-19. 

Applications are due December 16, 2021 at 1 p.m. ET. 

The program’s priorities are to support:

  • projects that reflect the range of artistic practices supported by OAC
  • artists who, in addition to being New Generation artists, are from OAC priority groups:
    • artists of colour
    • Deaf artists and artists with disabilities
    • Francophone artists
    • Indigenous artists
    • artists living in regions outside Toronto


Ontario Arts Council

121 Bloor Street East, 7th Floor, Toronto, ON, M4W 3M5, Canada

Phone number: (416) 961-1660

Email: info@arts.on.ca

OAC is an agency that operates at arm's length from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. The OAC's grants and services to professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations support arts education, Indigenous arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Francophone arts, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, touring, and visual arts.