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Visual and Media Arts Program Multi-Year Operating Grant

Grants to Ontario Professional, Nonprofit, Visual, and Media
Arts Organizations in Eligible Regions for Operating Support

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

Deadline Date:

03/08/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Ontario professional, nonprofit, visual, and media arts organizations in eligible regions for operating assistance. First-time applicants must consult with the funding source prior to applying. Funding may be used for operational planning and efforts to continue or adapt activities during the pandemic. Funds must benefit artists and organizations within the City of Toronto.


The Visual and Media Arts Program provides Multi-Year Operating support to professional, nonprofit, 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. 

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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153935

Term of Contract:

Multi-year grants will be paid in three, annual installments.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Arts Service organizations may apply for funding.

To be eligible for Multi-Year Operating funding, an applicant must:
- Be non-profit
- Be located in the City of Toronto and have a significant portion of its activities occurring within the City
- Have been in operation for at least four years
- Have received Annual Operating funding through TAC’s Visual/Media Arts program for at least the two past years
- Have a demonstrated record of regular, ongoing programming
- Have professional artistic leadership
- Have a viable administrative structure
- Be governed by a Board of Directors or other body responsible for the organization
- Have stable artistic, organizational and board leadership with plans in place for any transition
- Have sound financial management and balanced budgets over time
- Submit verification of financial results of the last completed fiscal year:
- For requests over $30,000, audited financial statements are required;
- For requests of $30,000 or less, if annual operating revenues are $100,000 or more, a review
engagement is required, (or, if available, audited financial statements);
- For requests of $30,000 or less, if annual operating revenues are under $100,000, unaudited
financial statements that include a balance sheet and a statement of income and expenses is
required, (or, if available, audited financial statements or a review engagement);
- Receive significant support on an annual basis from other levels of government and/or the public
and/or the private sector

- 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. Exception: TAC funds may be used towards the purchase of equipment and software to achieve the goals of the organization during the COVID pandemic. This may include but is not limited to electronics, workspace materials and health and safety items.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: March 8, 2021

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on the deadline date.

First-time applicants to the Multi-Year Operating program (i.e. organizations that did not receive multi-year funding last year) must consult with Visual/Media Arts Program Manager Peter Kingstone prior to completing an application form to ensure that they are eligible to apply.

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

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

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 four months of the deadline date.


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

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For questions about this program, contact Peter Kingstone, Visual/Media Arts Program Manager:
416-392-6802 x 208

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

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Canada: Ontario: Toronto;


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