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Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program

In partnership with The Ontario Arts Foundation, The Gordon Foundation has renewed the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program. The Program aims to foster a broader appreciation of Canadian visual art and artists by assisting public art galleries and museums in Ontario to grow their permanent collections, increase the public’s knowledge of collecting and permanent collections, and support community engagement between a gallery or museum and its local community.

Grants are offered through two granting streams:

Acquisition Grants

Funds raised by eligible galleries and museums from private donors are matched for the acquisition of Canadian works of art. Acquisition grants are designed to leverage funds for acquisitions that will help galleries and museums deepen their permanent collections and lead to increased donations of art by private individuals.

Development Grants

Development grants support initiatives that increase the public’s knowledge of collecting or a gallery or museum’s permanent collection, help make a gallery or museum’s permanent collection more accessible to the public, aid curatorial research, and build stronger relationships with local and regional communities. 


The application deadline for 2016 acquisition and development grants is June 15, 2016.

Program guidelines and application material can be downloaded at


2015 Grant Recipents

Acquisition Grants

Design Exchange, Toronto $8,500
Museum London, London $10,000
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay $10,000

Development Grants

Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington $7,500
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener $7,500


2014 Grant Recipents

Acquisition Grants

Judith & Norman ALIX Art Gallery, Sarnia $10,000
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto $5,000
Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa $10,000

Development Grants

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston $7,500
McIntosh Gallery, London $7,500
Station Gallery, Whitby $5,000


For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
416-969-7413 |

Ann Boyd
Associate Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
416-969-7411 |