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Grants to Toronto, Ontario Nonprofit Organizations and
Artist Collectives for One-Time Theater Productions

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

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08/01/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Toronto, Ontario nonprofit organizations and artist collectives for limited-time or one-time theater projects. First-time applicants must contact the funding source before applying. Funding can be used for the production, creation, dissemination, or presentation of theater work or any other activities that contribute to the development of theater in Toronto. The Theatre Program is strongly committed to the development and performance of works by Canadian artists

Applicants may apply in one of five categories:
- Full Production: supports rehearsal, production and presentation of a fully developed work.
- Production in a Festival: supports the rehearsal, production and presentation of a work in a curated festival. Confirmation of festival participation is required.
- Festival: Supports an event that presents theater groups and artists.
- Workshop: Supports the development of new work and can include some form of limited presentation.
- Special Initiatives: Supports projects that develop and advance the practice of theater in Toronto, and/or contribute to an understanding and appreciation of theater. Projects can include professional development opportunities that benefit the theater community, conferences, etc.

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 towards 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.

Funding through this program contributes to the direct costs associated with a theater project, including artistic fees, production and technical costs, marketing and publicity costs, administrative costs, etc.

Assessment criteria:
- The artistic merit of the proposed project and the strength of the applicant’s artistic goals and objectives;
- The contribution of the project to the development of theater in Toronto;
- The contribution of the proposed project to the development of the applicant organization/collective and/or the artists involved;
- The public impact of the project, including the quality and effectiveness of the applicant’s outreach, marketing and/or audience development strategies;
- The financial viability of the proposed project and the ability of the applicant to carry it out, this includes consideration of unrestricted and internally restricted reserves (if applicable).

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GrantWatch ID#: 178330

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Full Production: up to $15,000
- Production in a festival: up to $5,000
- Festival: up to $15,000
- Workshop: up to $10,000
- Special Initiatives: contact Theatre Officer to discuss the budget
- TAC Accessibility grant: up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must be incorporated non-profit organizations or unincorporated collectives operating on a not-for-profit basis. A collective is defined as a group of two or more artists working together under a group name, either on a single project or on an ongoing basis.
- Organizations/collectives must be located within the City of Toronto and the activity for which the funding is requested must occur within the City of Toronto.
- For collectives of two artists, both must be City of Toronto residents. For collectives of more than two artists, the majority of members must be City of Toronto residents.
- Artists must be professional. A professional artist is someone who has developed their skills through training and/or practice; is recognized as such by artists working in the same artistic tradition; actively practices his or her art; seeks payment for their work; and has a history of public presentation.
- The payment of artist fees is a requirement in this program.

The following are not eligible to apply to this program:
- Organizations/collectives that receive TAC operating funding in any discipline;
- Educational and religious institutions, unless there is a clear demarcation at both the program and budget level between their regular activities (i.e. religious/congregation activities or educational/student body activities) and their arts activities;
- Schools that are part of Ontario’s public or private education system;
- Individuals

The following expenses are not eligible:
- Ongoing operating expenses, such as permanent staff salaries and general administration of an organization;
- Expenses related to equipment purchase, capital projects (such as building purchase or renovation), fundraising activities, deficit reduction, film and video production, publishing and archiving projects, awards and award ceremonies, projects conceived for competitive purposes, art therapy;
- Expenses for activities taking place outside of the City of Toronto (such as touring, travel, etc.).

TAC does not fund retroactively. Projects that have commenced prior to the adjudication will not be considered.

Specific equity measures or targeted programs are in place to ensure full access and participation by Indigenous artists, artists of color, artists who are Deaf, have disabilities or are living with mental illness, artists who self-identify as 2SLGBTQIAP, newcomer and refugee artists, young and emerging artists and artists working outside the downtown core.

TAC recognizes that due to systemic barriers within the broader arts community (e.g. limited mainstream presentation opportunities for artists from equity-seeking communities) that some flexibility may be required in interpreting eligibility criteria to take into account equivalent professional experience and contexts. Potential applicants from equity-seeking communities are encouraged to discuss their eligibility with the program officer in advance of submitting an application.

Pre-Application Information:

If you are a first-time applicant, or if you have any questions about the eligibility of your projects, please contact the Theatre Officer.

Application Deadlines:
- February 4, 2019
- August 1, 2019
- Applications remain available until 11:59:59 PM of the published deadline date.

Applications to all programs are submitted through Toronto Arts Council’s online grants management system, TAC Grants Online. Applications will not be accepted by any other means of delivery.

Organizations/collectives may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Theatre program and may not apply to other TAC discipline programs.

TAC does not fund 100% of a project budget; maximum grants available vary according to category (see Estimated Size of Grant). Applicants must indicate a range of revenue sources, which may include donated goods and services. Applicants may receive less than the full amount requested.

Notification will be received by email within four months of the deadline date.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:

Leah-Simone Bowen, Theatre Officer
Phone: 416 392 6800 x220

26 Grand Trunk Crescent, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario M5J 3A9
Phone: 416-392-6800
Fax: 416-392-6920

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