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Visual and Media Arts Projects Grant

Grants to Ontario Arts Nonprofits in Eligible
Locations for Projects that Promote the Arts

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

Deadline Date:

08/03/21 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Ontario nonprofit arts organizations in eligible locations for projects that distribute or exhibit contemporary art. First-time applicants must contact the funding source before applying. Funding is intended for short-term or one-time projects. The purpose of this grant program is to help to develop local media and visual arts. Proposed projects must have a secured venue in the city of Toronto or be produced in Toronto and shared online, and have a well-focused audience development plan.

Eligible types of projects:

  • Exhibition: An exhibition must present work in a curatorial or critical context. Applicants exhibiting the work of their own members must likewise have a clearly defined curatorial or critical framework informing the selection and exhibition of work.
  • Screening Series: A screening, including film/video festivals, must present work in a curatorial or critical context and must include some work from Toronto artists. Applicants screening the work of their own members must likewise have a clearly defined curatorial or critical framework informing the selection and screening of work.
  • Lecture Series: A lecture series must present work in a curatorial or critical context. The audience development plan for the series must include a rationale on how the project contributes to the development of contemporary media and/or visual arts in Toronto. Applicants presenting their own members must likewise have a clearly defined curatorial or critical framework informing the selection of speakers.
  • Residency/Workshop Series: The audience development plan for the series must include a rationale on how the project contributes to the development of contemporary media and/or visual arts in Toronto. Applicants that have residencies or workshops including their own members must likewise have a clearly defined curatorial or critical framework informing the selection of participants.
  • Due to potential public health restrictions, social distancing rules and venue closures, projects conceived on digital platforms are eligible.

TAC Accessibility Grant: 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 support 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, attendant care (including helpers for Elders), support workers and equipment rentals or other supports required to meet artists' accessibility needs).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148855

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The maximum grant available in this program is $15,000.
- TAC does not fund 100% of a project budget.
- TAC Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Applications submitted to the March deadline must be for projects commencing after June 1. Applications submitted to the August deadline must be for projects commencing after November 1. TAC does not fund retroactively. Projects that have commenced prior to the adjudication will not be considered. Projects must be completed within two years of the date of your grant Notification Letter.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who Can Apply?
- To apply to Visual and Media Arts Projects applicants must be either an incorporated non-profit organization or an unincorporated collective operating on a not-for-profit basis.
- A collective is defined as two or more artists, curators or programmers working together under a group name, either on a single project or on an ongoing basis.
- 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.
- 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.
- Artists must be professional. A professional artist is someone who has developed their skills through training and/or practice; is recognized as such by others working in the same artistic tradition; actively practices; seeks payment for their work; and has a history of public presentation.
- 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 Manager in advance of submitting an application.
- The project for which the funding is requested must take place in the City of Toronto.
- The payment of artist fees is a requirement in this program.
- Applicants may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Visual/Media Arts program and may not apply to other TAC discipline programs. However, TAC offers other types of granting opportunities through its Strategic Initiatives envelope, and you may be eligible to apply to one of these programs.

For ineligible applicants, projects, and expenses, see https://torontoartscouncil.org/TAC/media/tac/Grants/2021-VAMA-Projects-Guidelines.pdf#page=2.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines: March 1 and August 3, 2021.

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on the deadline dates. TAC does not accept applications by any other means of delivery. You will receive a confirmation email when your application is submitted. Check your spam/junk mail folder if it doesn’t arrive in your in-box.

Notification will be received within four months of the deadline date. For the February deadline, you will find out in late May; for the August deadline, you will find out in late October.

If you are a first-time applicant, or if you have any questions about the eligibility of your project, please contact the Visual/Media Arts Program Manager Peter Kingstone.

Application Accessibility Support:
Applicants who are Deaf, have a disability, or need support to complete their grant applications can apply for funds to cover the costs of assistance from Application Support Service Providers. Up to $500 is available per eligible applicant in each calendar year. Please contact your Grant Program Manager at least six weeks before the grant program deadline to determine eligibility, request application support funding, and to review the process for payment to be made to your Service Provider. Requests for application support require approval from the Grant Program Manager.

Application Information:
https://torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/discover-tac-grants/online-application

FAQs:
https://torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/tips-and-resources/frequently-asked-questions

Contact Information:

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

TAC Grants Online:
https://tac.smartsimple.ca/s_Login.jsp

For further information on this program contact Visual/Media Arts Program Manager Peter Kingstone at:
Toronto Arts Council
26 Grand Trunk Crescent, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M5J 3A9
peter@torontoartscouncil.org, 416-392-6802 x 208

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