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Visual Artists Program

Grants to Ontario Artists to Create and
Produce New Artistic Works in Toronto

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

Deadline Date:

11/15/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of $5,000 and grants of $10,000 to Toronto, Ontario visual artists to create new artistic works or to complete works in progress. Funding is intended for the cost of materials, subsistence, and production or creation. Both beginning and established artists in the areas of drawing, fine crafts, painting, printmaking, photography, bookworks, installation, mixed media, sculpture, and performance art are eligible to apply.

The program provides two levels of support to artists at varying points in their career:

LEVEL ONE: $5,000 – for emerging artists in the early stages of their professional career, who have produced a small body of work, and achieved some local recognition and/or have limited public exhibition experience. Generally, they have had between 2 and 7 years of professional arts practice.

LEVEL TWO: $10,000 – for mid-career and established artists.

Mid-career artists are past the early stages of their careers, have produced a reasonable body of work and have received recognition outside the local community. Generally, they have had between 8 and 14 years of professional arts practice.

Established artists have produced an extensive body of work and have achieved national or international recognition. Generally, they have had at least 15 years of professional arts practice.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153936

Estimated Size of Grant:

Emerging artists: $5,000
Mid-career and established artists: $10,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be professional artists and meet the following criteria:

- Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents (Landed Immigrants) or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.
-Applicants must be residents of the City of Toronto for at least one year prior to the application deadline. Temporary absences of up to 12 months may be considered, subject to written explanation and special permission; please contact the Grant Program Manager. Neither a Post -Office Box address nor a studio address can be used to meet the residency requirement.
-Applicants must have completed basic training (not necessarily in a formal educational institution).
-Applicants must have spent a minimum of one year working on and developing an independent art practice after completing full-time studies.
-Undergraduate students are not eligible.
-Professional artists pursuing graduate studies may not apply for work related to their program of study. A letter from the graduate program director specifying that the project is not related to the graduate student’s program of studies must be submitted with the application.
-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.
-Applicants must retain full copyright, financial and creative control.
-Applicants to TAC’s 2018 Visual Artists Program may not apply to TAC’s 2018 Media Artists Program.
-Applicants may receive funding through TAC’s Visual Artists or Media Artists Programs only once every two years. Those who received funding from either program in 2017 are not eligible to apply to either program in 2018 but may reapply in 2019.
-Collaborative proposals are eligible. Co-applicants are subject to the same eligibility criteria as primary applicants. If the application is successful, the grant cheque will be payable to the principal applicant, as listed in the application. Similarly, a T4A slip will be issued to the principal applicant

The following are not eligible:

-Projects that have been completed prior to the announcement of results. Toronto Arts Council does not fund retroactively.
-Project funding solely for the purpose of travel or exhibition of work, including the cost of framing.
-Capital purchases, such as tools, equipment, etc.
-Commissioned, instructional or promotional projects.

Pre-Application Information:

***NEW IN 2018*** Application Deadline:
There is no single application deadline in 2018. You may submit an application anytime between January 2 and November 15, 2018. You may submit only one application during this period. You will be notified with the application results approximately 3 months after the submission date.

More details on applying:

Guidelines for first-time users of the online system:

***NEW IN 2018***
Projects involving Deaf artists and artists with disabilities may apply for an additional TAC grant by completing the Accessibility Expenses section of the application. A TAC Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000 towards accessibility costs incurred during the project for artists involved with the project. Accessibility costs include but are not limited to: ASL interpretation, communications assistants, and attendant care.

Contact Information:

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

To apply, go to:

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

Toronto Arts Council
26 Grand Trunk Crescent, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario M5J 3A9

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Canada: Ontario