Financial Support

Victoria Chin

I am particularly inspired by the structure and geometric forms found in architecture, which resonates throughout my work. I use a spatial approach to create experiential installations that explore themes of time and memory.


Exhibition Assistance Loan & Line of Credit
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program

Craft Ontario is a third-party recommender for the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program. The program provides individual artists with $500 to $2,000 to assist with the cost involved in producing, or taking part in, an upcoming exhibition.

As an OAC Exhibition Assistance program recommender, Craft Ontario reviews and recommends craft-related applicants via the Nova Application Portal. Approved applications are reviewed by a committee and forwarded to the OAC once the grant recipients are chosen.

Please note that you do not need a Craft Ontario membership in order to apply for Exhibition Assistance.


Please Read: OAC Grant Details & Guidelines


Stay tuned for the 2024 Submission Deadlines!

To submit your application to Craft Ontario, all applications must be received through the OAC Nova application system:

To access the NOVA application portal click here

APPLY HERE - OAC Application Portal


Tips to completing your application successfully:

  • Complete the online application form (link below).
  • Include a resume that outlines your artistic training, accomplishments and past exhibitions.
  • Include a copy of an exhibition confirmation document. This document must indicate the location and the opening/closing dates of your upcoming show. Acceptable documents include a letter signed by the gallery director, curator or organizer, an exhibition contract, rental agreement or insurance document.
  • Provide a selection of 10 digital images of your current work. Submit a corresponding list identifying the date, title, technique/medium and dimensions of each work.
  • For your budget, include a breakdown of expenses that are your responsibility when preparing and producing the exhibition. Ensure that all expenses you include are eligible according to the Ontario Arts Council guidelines.
  • Please ensure that you are applying under Craft, as we are not able to grant funding to Visual Arts applications. 

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Loan & Line of Credit

This program is for arts professionals that find themselves in a position where change is essential. You may be a visual or craft-based artist undertaking a new community installation that requires a budget beyond your individual means, or you could be a maker taking a trip to another city to exhibit your work.

The Creative Arts Credit Union is a financial institution designed exclusively to meet creative practitioners needs.

Creative Arts can also structure a personal line of credit to help you meet your business goals.
Our Self-Promotion Loan is available as a line of credit — of $5,000 or more — for qualified borrowers. For members who want the discipline of a fixed repayment schedule, you can choose from levels of monthly payments to retire the drawn balance over a three-year term.

Apply online or phone 416. 642. 6749 or toll free: 877-643-3660


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Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.