At MFF, we are committed to promoting inclusivity and accessibility across our network. As such, we have compiled a comprehensive list of resources that cater specifically to the needs of BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, as well as individuals with disabilities.
1. Calls for Proposals - Gallery - Centre Clark - NEW
"Centre CLARK invites artists, collectives, and curators to submit exhibition projects component of its annual programming. Selected projects will be presented from September 2024 to June 2025. CLARK supports innovative artistic practices, as it presents exhibitions from emerging or established, local and international artists." Deadline: October 1, 2023
"A program dedicated to the development and recognition of disabled art and artistic practice of D/deaf artists and artists with disabilities." Deadline to apply: October 16, 2023
Targeted Call: Exhibition in Partnership with Festival Accès Asie
OBORO is expanding its longstanding collaboration with Festival Accès Asie to present a joint exhibition in May 2025. Festival Accès Asie is an interdisciplinary, bilingual and intergenerational festival that has been celebrating Asian Heritage Month in Montreal since 1995. It amplifies the voices and practices of artists from the Asian continent and its diaspora working in a wide array of disciplines, including performing arts, visual and media arts, literary arts, interdisciplinary arts, and culinary arts. Deadline to apply: October 30, 2023
Community Funding Opportunities
1. Indigenous Arts Individual Project Funding - The Alberta Foundation for Arts - New
"This funding provides up to $15,000 to support the development of an individual Indigenous artist, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists in Alberta by providing funding for a specific cultural or artistic project."
Deadline September 1, 2023
2. Equinox Program for Indigenous Artists - New Brunswick Arts Board - New
"The Equinox program supports Indigenous artists, curators and groups to engage in artistic creation and professional development. Eligible projects can range." Deadline September 15, 2023, and March 15, 2024
3. The Indigenous Peoples Art and Artists Program - The Saskatchewan Arts Board - New
"The Indigenous Peoples Art and Artists program supports the development and continuation of Indigenous Peoples’ art forms in Saskatchewan. The program offers three grant streams." Deadline October 15, 2023
2SLGBTQ + (Focused Organizations)
"The Centre has been implementing the services necessary for the start-up, development and proper functioning of Montreal LGBTQ+ organizations for 30 years in order to improve the quality of life of members of the community."
"The Centre for Gender Advocacy is an independent, student-funded, Concordia University organization mandated to promote gender equality and empowerment, particularly as it relates to marginalized communities."
3. Project 10
"Project 10 is a meeting place and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, queer, trans, two-spirit, and questioning youth in Montréal, QC."
"AGIR Montréal (LGBTQIA+ Action with Immigrants and Refugees) is an independent non-profit organization, by and for the LGBTQIA+ migrant community living in Montreal."
"Queer Collective is a Toronto-based non-profit organization committed to creating accurate & positive representation for every subgroup of the LGBTQ2S+ Community with an emphasis on uplifting local queer artists."
"QMUNITY is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives. We provide a safer space for 2SLGBTQIA+ people and their allies to fully self-express while feeling welcome and included. Our building serves as a catalyst for community initiatives and collective strength."
"To improve the lives of 2SLGBTQI people in Canada and to enhance the global response to 2SLGBTQI issues. Egale will achieve this by informing public policy, inspiring cultural change, and promoting human rights and inclusion through research, education, awareness and legal advocacy. "
"Calgary Queer Arts Society, formerly known as Fairy Tales Presentation Society, is a nonprofit organization located in Calgary, Alberta that exists to give voice to queer people and their stories."
BIPOC (Focused Organizations)
"Nia Centre for the Arts is a Toronto-based charitable organization that supports, showcases, and promotes an appreciation of arts from across the Afro-Diaspora."
3. Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance
"The Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA) is a national arts service organization claiming space for all Indigenous performing artists."
4. Native Women in the Arts
"Native Women in the Arts (NWIA) is one of the leading arts organizations in Canada for Indigenous women and other gender marginalized Indigenous artists working at the intersection of customary and contemporary practices."
5. Montreal Indigenous Community Network
"The Montreal Indigenous Community Network supports the ecosystem of individuals and groups committed to improving the quality of life of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities living in the greater Montreal area."
6. La Guilde 1906
"The Guild, a non-profit organization since 1906, is committed to supporting and encouraging Inuit, First Nations, and fine craft artists to ensure the viability of their practices."
Disabilities (Focused Organizations)
" A national program for writers with disabilities and established showrunners and senior writers to experiment with what an accessible TV writer's room might look like."
2. Tangled Art + Disability
"Tangled Art + Disability is dedicated to connecting professional and emerging artists, the arts community, and a diverse public through creative passion and artistic excellence. Our mission is to support Disabled, d/Deaf, chronically ill, neurodiverse, k/crip, Mad, sick & spoonie artists; to cultivate Disability Arts in Canada, and to increase opportunities for everyone to participate in the arts."
3. dis assembly
" The A Collective exists as a creative collaborative space where relation is at the core of study for the purpose of shifting disability and inclusion policy in Canada. We utilize arts-based methods for creative works inventing with neurodiversity... We provide social groups, reading groups, and alternative learning strategies informed by autistic people."