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Visual and Media Arts Projects Grant

Grants to Toronto, Ontario Nonprofits and
Collectives for Media and Visual Arts Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

Deadline Date:

08/01/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Toronto, Ontario nonprofit organizations and collectives for short-term media and visual arts projects. First-time applicants should contact program staff before applying. This program is intended for one-time and time-limited activities involving distribution or exhibition of works of art, as well as other activities that promote the development of the visual and media arts in Toronto.

Funding through this program contributes to the direct costs associated with an organization/collective’s visual arts or media arts project, including artistic fees, installation or technical costs, marketing and publicity costs, interpretation and documentation costs, administrative costs, etc.

Applicants applying for exhibition and/or screening projects (including festivals) must present the work of visual and/or media artists in a curatorial or critical context and must have a well-focused audience development plan. Organizations or collectives applying to exhibit the work of their own members must likewise have a clearly defined curatorial or critical framework informing the selection and exhibition of work.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148855

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant available in this program is $15,000.

A TAC Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within two years of the date of the grant notification letter. Project applications submitted to the March deadline must be for projects commencing after June 1. Project applications submitted to the August deadline must be for projects commencing after November 1.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for Project funding:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Grant recipients must submit a final report on their previous Visual/Media Arts project before submitting a new application to the program. 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. Please consult TAC’s website for other granting opportunities. Visual/Media Arts project grant recipients may receive a maximum of one additional TAC grant per calendar year and may not have more than two outstanding project reports at any time.

The following activity is not eligible for funding through this program:
- Student exhibitions or screenings
- Screening programs or festivals that do not include the work of Toronto artists
- The creation or production of individual visual or media artworks
- Curatorial/programming research. Applicants must have already selected the artists or artworks they wish to present or, at minimum, have developed clear critical or curatorial objectives and be able to provide a list of artists and/or artworks under consideration.
- The ongoing activities of an organization/collective.

The following are not eligible to apply to this program:
- Organizations/collectives that receive Toronto Arts Council Operating funding;
- 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.

Costs related to the creation or production of visual or media artworks, curatorial/programming research, equipment purchase, capital projects (e.g. building purchases, renovations, etc.), publishing, archiving, awards and award ceremonies, art therapy, fundraising events/projects and deficit reduction are not covered by these grants. Costs related to activities occurring outside of the City of Toronto are also not covered (e.g. touring, travel, etc.).

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines: March 4 and August 1, 2019. Applications must be submitted on TAC Grants Online no later than 11:59 PM on the deadline dates. First-time applicants to this program are advised to speak with the Visual/Media Arts Officer to confirm eligibility prior to submitting an application.

Applicants are required to register at TAC Grants Online and submit the Visual Arts and Media Arts Projects application including required support material using this online grants management system.

Applicants will be notified by email when the results are available and will be able to log in to the TAC grants management system to receive their results. Notification will be received within three months of the deadline date. Results are not released over the telephone.

TAC does not fund retroactively. Projects that have commenced prior to the adjudication will not be considered. TAC does not fund 100% of a project budget. Applicants must indicate a range of revenue sources, which may include donated goods and services. Applicants may receive less than the full amount requested.

Application Information:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Peter Kingstone, Visual/Media Arts Officer
416-392-6802 x 208

Toronto Arts Council
200-26 Grand Trunk Crescent
Toronto, ON M5J 3A9

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