Community Cares Part 2 2023

Image: Chief Lady Bird, “Bear Medicine”, (2020)

Community Cares Part 2

ICCA Press Release
January 24



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  • Only 1 application is required. Closing date for applications is February 20, 2023.

The Indigenous Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ICCA) continues to support the Indigenous arts community through the Community Cares funding initiative.

Community Cares Part 2: is a community based funding program developed in partnership with the  Canada Council for the Arts .This micro-grant initiative recognizes that Indigenous arts and culture have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Community Cares aims to support individual artists and cultural workers to continue their practice and contribute to the recovery of our sector.

Community Cares grew from Curating Care, a mutual aid initiative that distributed funds to Indigenous artists in 2020. Curating Care developed into Community Cares: An Emergency Response Fund. Financially supported by Canada Council for the Arts, with community support from the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, the Indigenous Screen Office, and the Inuit Art Foundation, the ICCA re-distributed approximately $435,000 to 435 recipients through Community Cares.

Following the overwhelming success of the emergency response fund, and as per our agreement with the Canada Council, Community Cares Part 2: Recovery Response Fund will provide accessible funds to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists and cultural workers. We aspire and continue to care for our community through this funding program.

This fund is open to individual Indigenous artists and cultural workers whose practices and livelihoods have been affected by COVID-19.

Each person may only apply once as we would like the funds to reach as many people as possible. The micro-grants will be disbursed on a first-come-first-serve basis with funds allocated to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals living in different regions, Francophone individuals, and individuals with disabilities. The funding is allocated across these groups in an effort to ensure greater equity.


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Thinking of you all always,


Thank You to our Generous Partner