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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

Deadline Date:

09/14/17 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 currently maintain a residence in the City of Toronto and must have done so for at least one year prior to the application deadline.
- Applicants must live/work in Toronto for at least eight months of the year.
- 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.
- Full-time undergraduate students are not eligible.
- Applicants must retain full copyright, financial, and creative control.

Pre-Application Information:

Programs are open to receive applications two to three months before the submission deadline. Guidelines and application for this program will be available in June 2017.

More details on applying:

Guidelines for first-time users of the online system:

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