The Hnatyshyn Foundation, a private charity established by the late Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, Canada’s twenty-fourth Governor General, began awarding grants in 2005. Each year our Developing Artist Grants program provides eight $10,000 scholarships to exceptional young Canadians in post-secondary performing arts training programs.

The Foundation also awards two annual prizes for excellence in Canadian visual arts: $25,000 for a mid-career artist and $15,000 for a mid-career curator of contemporary visual art.

The William and Meredith Saunderson Prize for Emerging Artists (formerly Charles Pachter) consists of three awards of five thousand dollars each to support a young emerging visual artist whose practice shows potential and is deemed to have the determination and talent to contribute to the legacy of art in Canada. Each year, the recipients will be selected by a recipient of the mid-career Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellence.

The Hnatyshyn Foundation and TD Bank Group Emerging Curator of Contemporary Canadian Art Award of $10,000 is awarded annually to support an emerging curator under the age of 35 whose body of work incorporates a public presence and peer recognition. The recipient will be selected by a jury of art professionals.

The Hnatyshyn Foundation-Fogo Island Arts Young Curator Residency, valued at $15,000, is awarded each year to a young Canadian curator between the ages of 25 and 30. The residency will take place at Fogo Island Arts, a residency-based contemporary art venue in Newfoundland.