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His inspirations for design mostly come from his love for nature and culture, with the appreciation to traditional designs, handcrafting techniques, and combining with contemporary influences became the essences of his work.



Grant Coaching

Grant Coaching – Building Ideas into Project Applications

This program is currently not being offered, but please stay tuned for other coaching opportunities in the future!

Hoping to apply for a grant to create new work, exhibit, tour, or study? Granting Coach, Marilyn McIntosh, is volunteering to work with Craft Ontario members to help develop an idea into a project.

Marilyn is retired from a successful career with the following highlights:

  • Regional representative to support the development of artists and arts collectives/organizations in northwest Ontario in seeking the services of and applications to the Ontario Arts Council.
  • Coordinated and administered an annual municipal arts & cultural funding grant program.
  • Secured funding for and coordinated a community focused youth justice initiative.
  • As Director of a non-profit agency, secured funding and administered its revitalization.

Giving back and supporting artists in the development of a project from concept to concrete components is a passion which remains ignited in Marilyn. Some projects simply require refinement to be ready for applying to a grant. Others may need more time to hibernate into a fully developed project. Whichever it is, she has over 30 years of experience in project development and grant assessment, and has helped many to achieve success with a funding application.

Wherever you are at in your thinking about your art practice and applying for grants, talking it through with a seasoned granting coach may be just what you need to move forward.

In order to give more people opportunities, only one meeting per person will be accepted. Grant opportunities can be from any funding agency.

Craft Ontario Maker Members are encouraged to share the grant opportunity that they plan to apply for in advance of the conversation, and details are requested in the appointment booking below. During the 90-minute confidential session, you will discuss your practice, where you are at in your artistic journey, and what your aspirations are. The goals will be to work through your intentions, application questions, and to identify and develop the story that needs to be conveyed in order to complete a grant.

Due to limited availability, we will be prioritizing appointments for members at the moment, but if the cost of membership is a financial barrier and would like to arrange a session, please email our Member Relations & Programs Manager, Elycia SFA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss further!

“I have the good fortune to continue to work with Marilyn. Her questions and insight help me talk through my plans and clarify my proposals.”
Cheryl Wilson Smith, Glass Artist

Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.