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.

In 2024, we are offering two grants, one to the Ottawa Art Gallery in support of the 50/50 exhibition celebrating Ottawa University Visual Arts Department’s 50th and curated by Penny Cousineau Levine. The second grant was awarded in 2024 to the Portrait Gallery of Canada.

2024 Grant One
The 2024 Grant was awarded to the Ottawa Art Gallery for the 50/50 Exhibition celebrating the University of Ottawa’s Department of Visual Arts 50th Anniversary.

2024 Grant Two
The 2024 Grant was awarded to the Portrait Gallery of Canada.

2023 Grant
The 2023 Grant was awarded to Studio Space Ottawa.

2022 Grant
The 2022 Grant was awarded to PAL Ottawa’s PAL Place.

2021 Grant
The 2021 Grant was awarded to Ottawa School of Art Bursary Program.

2020 Grant
The 2020 Grant was awarded to SAW Nordic Lab.

2019 Grant
The 2019 grant was awarded to the Ottawa Arts Council in support of the Project X: Photography Award.

2018 Grant
The 2018 grant was awarded to the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) in support of their new facility.

2017 Grant
The 2017 grant was awarded to the Carleton University Art Gallery  in support of the retrospective exhibition of the work of the late Inuk artist Alootook Ipellie (1951-2007).

2016 Grant
The 2016 grant was awarded to the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion Fund. This exciting new arts complex opened to the public on 28 April 2018.

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More about Founder Julie Hodgson.

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