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ArtReach Grant

Grants to Toronto, Ontario Artists and Organizations
to Increase Access to Arts Activities for Underserved Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

02/01/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of $5,000, $10,000, and $15,000 to Toronto, Ontario nonprofit organizations, registered charities, individual artists, and grassroots collectives to support arts initiatives for underserved youth (ages 13 to 29). Funding is intended for programs that provide youth with high quality arts opportunities and foster meaningful engagement to the arts.

Applicants may submit proposals in one of the following categories:

- Pilot Project: a new idea or a smaller-scale project (short timeline, reduced number of participants), or first time programs (applicant has no previous experience coordinating or leading programming)
- Phase One Project: first time program (but applicant has previous experience coordinating or leading programming), an existing program, or a larger-scale project (longer timeline, higher number of participants).
- Phase Two Project: applicants are those whose project was successfully funded by ArtReach in the past.

Projects must serve youth living in in the City of Toronto (the City of Toronto, Scarborough, Etobicoke, and North York) with priority for those who identify as being part of an underserved community*.

For more details about the projects and eligible expenses, see the Supporting Documents links below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156830

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible applicants may apply for grants at the following funding levels:
- $5,000: Pilot Projects
- $10,000: Phase One Projects
- $15,000: Phase Two Projects

Term of Contract:

ArtReach can fund young groups, organizations or artists to a maximum of three times.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants Include:

- Youth-led groups, collectives, or nonprofit organizations
- Individual young artists
- Youth groups that are housed within larger not-for-profit or charitable organizations
- Applicants providing arts training opportunities to youth facing severe barriers

For the grant's purposes, youth comprises people between the ages 13 to 29.

Proposals from applicants that are not youth-led initiatives will be considered where the barriers being faced by the youth participants are severe. In these cases, there must be a strong youth engagement model in place, and a plan for supporting youth to play meaningful leadership roles. If this applies, please contact the program manager to discuss.

Ineligible Expenses:

- Individual artists projects or creation of works (IE. an artist's mixtape)
- Programs that are drop-in style. Projects must be registration-based and serve the same group of youth throughout in order to maximize skill and relationship development of participants
- One-time events or festivals
- Retroactive expense coverage
- General operating expenses (unrelated to the project)
- Deficit/ debt reduction
- Bursaries, scholarships, sponsorships or individual requests
- Fundraising campaigns
- Substantial capital and infrastructure costs (e.g. building, major renovations)
- Capital costs that are more than 20% of the total project budget
- Capital costs not directly related to the artistic learning opportunities being provided
- Software development
- Prizes

Additional Restrictions:

- Applicants may not receive funds from both ArtReach the Toronto Arts Council for the same activities and timelines. If you are planning on applying to both funders, please notify the program manager or granting officer to ensure there is no overlap that will affect your eligibility

- Artists who receive funding from ArtReach are not eligible to receive funding in the same year from any of Toronto Arts Council’s Strategic Funding Programs, including Platform A MicroGrants, or CUE Grants

Pre-proposal Conference:

ArtReach offers a variety of workshops on the Business of Art. These workshops are introductory-level looks into what it takes to run an arts program, develop as an artist, and expand your skill set as a community changemaker.

For more information on the workshop series, please email the Foundation.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications open December 1st at 8:00 PM, and are due February 1st at 11:59 PM.

Results on the success of the application are announced within approximately 60 days of the deadline.

If the project is not approved for funding, applicants will be provided with feedback notes via email on why the application was declined, and advisable next steps.

Program Guidelines:

Contact Information:

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

Apply for a Pilot Project here:

Apply for a Phase 1 Project here:

Apply for a Phase 2 Project here:

If you have questions, require support, or are unsure about any aspect of our application process, please email

For more information on the workshop series, please email

Mailing Address:
180 Shaw Street, Suite 201
Toronto, ON
M6J 2W5

Phone: 647-660-5371

Grant Coverage Areas:

Toronto; The City of Toronto, Scarborough, Etobicoke, and North York

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario