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Visual and Media Arts Annual Operating Grant

Grants to Ontario Nonprofit Arts Organizations
in Eligible Regions for Operational Support

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

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03/01/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Ontario nonprofit arts organizations in eligible regions to support operations. First-time applicants must contact the Funding Source prior to submitting an application. Grant funds are intended to support the production, distribution, and exhibition of media and visual artworks and other activities that contribute to the development of visual and media arts, artists and audiences in Toronto.

The Visual and Media Arts Program provides Annual Operating support to professional, non-profit, visual and media arts organizations engaged in the exhibition and distribution of contemporary visual and media artworks, support of the production of visual and media artworks and other activities that contribute to the development of visual and media arts, artists and audiences in Toronto.

Visual and Media arts groups supported through this program include: artist-run and public galleries, distribution organizations, arts service organizations, production cooperatives, festivals, exhibition groups and artists’ or curatorial collectives.

In order to support operating companies, the 2021 operating grant program provides two application options:

  • Application Option 1 - Full Grant Request: Application for a grant based on 100% or more of the 2020 operating grant amount. This option is meant for returning applicants with significant activities planned for their 2021-22 request year as well as new applicants to the operating program. 
  • Application Option 2 - Voluntary Reduced Grant Request: Application for a grant based on 50% of the 2020 operating grant amount. This option is meant for returning applicants without public activities planned for their 2021-22 request year, that are not entirely ceasing operations, and will resume public activities in 2022-23.

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GrantWatch ID#: 148853

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for Annual Operating funding, an applicant must:
- Be non-profit;
- Be a professional Visual Arts or Media Arts organization that pays appropriate professional fees to artists;
- Be located in the City of Toronto and have a significant portion of its activities occurring within the City;
- Have a history of sustained visual or media arts activity over the two years prior to this application;
- Have received a minimum of two project grants through TAC’s Arts Discipline or Strategic programs;
- Have a viable administrative structure;
- Have sound financial management;
- Submit verification of financial results of the last completed fiscal year.
- Demonstrate a range of revenue sources on an annual basis, including earned, government and private sector revenues;
- Be governed by a Board of Directors or other body responsible for the organization.

Organizations must conduct their visual and media arts activities on an annual, ongoing basis either throughout the year or on a seasonal basis. A single project does not constitute annual or seasonal activity. Organizations, whose level of activity varies from season to season, in keeping with their mandate, must describe their multi-year creation and production cycle. Annual and biennial festivals that have completed a minimum of two editions are also eligible.

First-Time Applicants:
- First-time applicants are organizations that did not receive an operating grant last year.
- First-time applicants must consult with the Visual/Media Arts Program Manager before submitting an operating grant application.
- Additional eligibility requirement: First-time applicants must have at least $75,000 in total revenues for the last completed year, and in projected revenues for the current and request years.
- First-time applicants to the Annual Operating program may only apply in the first year of a multi-year cycle.

- TAC does not fund 100% of an applicant’s budget.
- TAC does not provide funding for capital projects (e.g. equipment, renovations, purchase of buildings), fundraising
events/projects or deficit reduction.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: March 1, 2021

First-time applicants must consult with the Visual/Media Arts Program Manager before submitting an operating grant application.

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. Applications remain available until 11:59:59 PM of the published deadline date.

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

Enter your Financial and Statistical data online at CADAC (Canadian Arts Database/Données sur les arts
au Canada)

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


For further information on this program, contact Visual/Media Arts Program Manager Peter Kingstone at:
Toronto Arts Council
200-26 Grand Trunk Crescent, Toronto, ON M5J 3A9
416 392 6800 x208

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