Toronto Arts Council (TAC)
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Grants of up to $15,000 to Toronto, Ontario nonprofit art organizations and community groups for one-time or time-limited collaborative projects involving professional artists and community members. First-time applicants must contact the funding source before applying. Projects can involve one or more art practices such as music, theater, dance, visual arts, and storytelling. Applicants may apply in one of two categories: Arts Engagement or Community Arts Development.
TAC contributes to the development of community arts in Toronto by supporting community-engaged arts activity that demonstrates vision and excellence. Emphasis is placed on projects that:
- Highlight co-creative processes between artists and communities
- Offer skill building experiences that can lead to presentation or exhibition opportunities for participants
- Increase access to arts activity for the broader community.
Arts Engagement: Applicants may include community organizations, professional arts organizations and artists’ collectives. In this category, artists engage the community through their art form, work with community members to encourage maximum participation in the arts practice and the art making, and recognize that the process of collaboration is as important as resulting artistic products. Examples include:
- Arts programs in underserved neighborhoods and communities that help overcome barriers to participation in the arts. Examples of possible barriers are age, physical ability, health status, geography, or economic and socio-cultural barriers.
- Artists’ collectives partnering with a community organization to undertake a project or residency.
Community Arts Development: This category provides assistance to arts organizations and artists’ collectives for projects that develop the discipline of Community Arts through the development of art practices, art forms and/or emerging artistic voices. For the project to be eligible, members of the arts organization or collective must define their community of practice and terms of engagement with one or more art forms. Examples include:
- An arts organization or collective may seek to work with an artist who practices an ethnically specific, culturally diverse, or traditional art form, to increase their artistic skills, knowledge, range of creative expression and build a community of practice, with the aim to engage a broader community upon completion of the project.
- An artists’ collective that is part of a specific cultural community may seek to work with artists who have experience working with that community to create and present work in one or more artistic disciplines, with the aim to develop emerging or under-represented artistic voices of community members and/or address issues relevant to their community.
- An arts organization or collective may hold a community arts event, such as a multidisciplinary arts festival or event that celebrates a specific community. However, simply identifying as a community-based event does not of itself make the project eligible. The event must include participatory arts activities in which members of the community are engaged by Toronto-based professional artists.
Projects involving Deaf artists and artists with disabilities may apply for an additional TAC grant by completing the Accessibility Expenses section of the application and including the requisite information in their budget. A TAC Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000 toward accessibility costs for artists incurred during the project. Accessibility costs include but are not limited to: ASL interpretation, audio description, closed captioning, communications assistants, and attendant care.
Grants contribute to the direct costs associated with a community-based arts project, including artistic fees, production and technical costs, marketing and publicity costs, administrative costs, etc. Please note that artists’ fees are the highest priority; this program requires the payment of artists’ fees.
GrantWatch ID#: 172510
- TAC Accessibility Grant: Up to $5,000
- Arts Engagement Grant: Maximum grant is $15,000. For requests over $8,000, the budget must show revenue from other sources.
- Community Arts Development Grant: TAC will fund up to a maximum grant of $15,000.
Project applications submitted to the February deadline must be for projects commencing after June 1.
Project applications submitted to the August deadline must be for projects commencing after November 1.
Projects must be completed within two years of the date of the awardees's grant notification.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Kevin Reigh, Community Arts Officer
Phone: 416-392-6802 ext. 227
Toronto Arts Council
26 Grand Trunk Crescent, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario M5J 3A9