Image: “One Hundred Foot Line” behind National Gallery of Canada by Leah Snyder


Established in 2015 and administered through the Ottawa Community Foundationthe Ottawa Art Society Fund was conceived in the belief in the transformative power of the arts to effect social change and to encourage the development of visual arts projects in Ottawa. The objective is to create a sustainable fund and to provide a simple and easy way to support the visual arts in Ottawa.


The Ottawa Art Society Fund is managed by a team of advisors who are all arts professionals. Grants of $2,500 are awarded annually to non-profit visual arts organizations recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as registered charities.


Founded in 1987, the Ottawa Community Foundation is a public, non-profit organization created by and for the people of Ottawa. It pools the charitable gifts of many donors in an income-earning endowment that benefits the community at large. For more information, please click here.

The Ottawa Art Society Fund is a Donor-Advised Fund that recommends which charitable organizations receive annual grants and in what amount. The financial and administrative management of the fund is overseen by the Ottawa Community Foundation.


Donors of any age and financial means can be involved. Those who give $20 or more will receive a charitable receipt from the  Ottawa Community Foundation.

Our 2018 Grant
We are delighted to announce that the 2018 Grant of $2,500 was awarded to the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) in support of their new facility.

Our 2017 Grant
Our 2017 grant of $2,500 was awarded to the Carleton University Art Gallery, in support of  the production of a fully-illustrated publication covering the work of the late Inuk artist Alootook Ipellie (1951-2007). This catalogue is designed to accompany the 2018 retrospective exhibition of the artist’s work.

Our 2016 Grant
Our 2016 grant of $2,500 was awarded to the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion Fund. This is an exciting new arts complex in the National Capital Region, which will open to the public on 28 April 2018.

LIKE TO KNOW MORE? Contact Founder Julie Hodgson at 613-447-1354 or

More about Founder Julie Hodgson.

The Ottawa Art Society Fund is a Donor-Advised Fund
managed by the
Ottawa Community Foundation