Kajungiqsaut Grants

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Kajungiqsaut Grants is a new funding initiative dedicated to supporting Inuit working in the arts. Co-developed in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts, Kajungiqsaut are accessible, culturally relevant funding that support Inuit creatives to pursue their many and multi-faceted ambitions - especially first-time applicants. Kajungiqsaut values self-determination, skills development, and the crucial time needed to dream, grow, and create throughout an individual’s journey in the arts. 

The Inuit Art Foundation is proud to support Inuit creatives through Kajungiqsaut and strongly encourages applicants from any stage in their artistic careers to apply! 


Congratulations 2023 Recipients!

We are pleased to announce the grant results for Kajungiqsaut. Congratulations to all of the recipients and thank you to everyone who applied! 


Kailin Aleekuk
Heather Angnatok
Genova Angutimarik
Teresa Best
Candace Bristow
Irene Burden
Erica Donovan
Matt Eleehetook
Orland Hansen
Mary Jewell
Uumati Kisoun-Inuarak
Pasha Lauzon
Eleina Lucas
Wraven Papik
Pasha Partridge
Samantha Rodrigue
Debbie Siakuluk
Tamara Takpannie
Dawn Winters



Haiga Ashoona
Chantelle Evans
Sirena Apak Foo
Christina King
Pitsulala Lyta
Jessica Malegana
Yvonne Moorhouse
Akinasi Partridge
Zakiya Quanaq
Yurac Siku Rojas
Amanda Shortreed
Rory Voudrach



Ujarak Appadoo
Deantha Edmunds
Maureen Gruben
Gayle Uyagaqi Kabloona
Cora Kavyaktok
Lindsay McIntyre
Taqialuk Nuna
Cynthia Pitsiulak &
Charlotte Qamaniq
Jason Sikoak


Funding Streams

Sutaarutit (To Gain Material)

Getting tools and materials to make work can be one the first challenges artists face to creating new pieces. Sutaarutit builds on the IAF’s existing partnership with the Ontario Arts Council’s Indigenous Visual Artist Materials grant and provides opportunities for artists to fund these purchases. Grants of $500 or $1,000 are available and emerging artists are strongly encouraged to apply. 

If you live inside Ontario, please apply through the OAC.  


Iniqarvik (To Have Space)

All artists need room to breathe, time to think and experiment. Iniqarvik provides Inuit creatives from all disciplines the financial support to research, experiment, begin or complete new works, or plan future creations. Small scale proposals from all disciplines will be accepted for grants of $3,500.

Tuuragaq (Vision)

Turaagaq is designed for those who envision larger projects and to help bring your creative visions to life. Proposals from all disciplines will be accepted for grants of $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000


Eligible Activities

The following activities are eligible through Sutaarutit: 

  • Purchasing artistic materials and supplies, including hunting tools for gathering natural materials
  • Travel costs for gathering natural materials
  • Delivery costs for transporting or shipping artistic materials and supplies

The following activities are eligible through Iniqarvik and Tuuragaq:

  • Creating and developing artworks
  • Purchasing artistic materials and supplies
  • Renting workspace
  • Training or mentorship opportunities to develop artistic skills
  • Creative residencies
  • Presenting artwork
  • Marketing artwork to presenters or audiences
  • Participating in arts events such as art fairs or pop-ups
  • Developing an artist website or portfolio
  • Publishing or self-publishing written materials such as novels, essays, poetry, zines, etc.


How to Apply

Applications will be accepted by email, fax, mail and via oral submission in English, French, and Inuktut. All necessary translations will be provided by the IAF. See application forms for additional details.


Applicant Eligibility

This program is open to Inuit who are actively working in the arts. We encourage applicants from all disciplines and career levels, which makes this perfect for first time applicants. Eligibility varies by funding stream and applicants must meet the eligibility criteria. Please see the application forms for full eligibility details.



An external, all-Inuit Peer Assessment Committee whose members represent diverse fields and practices within the broader Inuit arts community will assess applications. 

Thank you to our 2023 Peer Assessors*:

Mark Bennett
Deantha Edmunds
Janice Grey
Christina King
Paige Maciborski
Lindsay McIntyre
Tom Mcleod
Maggie Napartuk
*Each of the three grant streams had its own Committee made up of three Peer Assessors. Peer Assessors who were also grant applicants did not sit on the committee for the grant stream to which they applied.

Evaluation Criteria

Interested in becoming a Peer Assessor for IAF programs? Apply today!


Helpful Hints

We want to help you be successful in getting funding for your art practice! Here are some helpful hints to help you with writing your application. 

Helpful Hints


Reporting Requirements

As outlined in the Terms and Conditions, applicants who receive a grant must complete what was proposed in their application within 12 months of receiving the funds.

In order to analyze the effectiveness of the program, the IAF asks recipients to fill out a brief Follow Up form. This will give applicants the opportunity to summarize the completed activities, how funds were used, and share feedback on how the IAF can make improvements to the program. This information will help inform future iterations of the program and how the IAF can continue to make improvements to better support Inuit creatives.

As an alternative or in addition to the form, recipients will also have the option to speak directly with a Program Officer to share their summary and provide feedback. Applicants are also welcome to contact us at any time with questions or feedback.

Kyle Aleekuk
Program Officer
647-498-7717 ext 115  



Ilisarniq Series: Applying for Kajungiqsaut Grants

IAF program officer Kyle Aleekuk will be in conversation with IAF Board member Michael Massie to discuss everything you need to know about how to apply:

  • Who is eligible
  • Options for submission
  • Important deadlines
  • Guidance for filling out the application form
  • What kind of support materials are required
  • Selection criteria and process

Questions? For more information and assistance please contact:

Kyle Aleekuk
Program Officer
647.498.7717 ext. 115

Translation will be arranged for inquiries or requests in Inuktut. Please allow for extra time for staff responding to questions or making arrangements to speak directly with a translator.

Frequently Asked Questions
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.