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ArtReach Grant

Grants to Ontario Nonprofits, Youth Groups, and Artists in Eligible
Locations to Increase Access to Arts Activities for Underserved Youth

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02/01/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Ontario nonprofit organizations, youth groups, and artists for arts programs serving underserved youth in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support innovative youth-led projects that provide young people ages 13 to 29 with high quality arts opportunities while fostering meaningful engagement with the arts. Funded programs must benefit Toronto youth.

ArtReach is a funding program designed to support youth arts initiatives in Toronto for young people who are experiencing exclusion. ArtReach is about access, reducing barriers, and increasing opportunities for youth, individual artists, and organizations/ collectives to create or continue quality arts projects and programming. 

ArtReach’s funding mandate is to support projects being carried out by individual youth and youth-led groups and organizations, where leadership positions and decision-making responsibilities are held by young people. Funded initiatives must:

  • Support meaningful engagement of Toronto youth (13-29) who have experienced exclusion from active participation in quality arts opportunities
  • Serve youth living in Toronto, with priority for those who identify as belonging to an under-served community
  • Be offered by individual artists under 30 or groups/ organizations lead by youth under 30 in Toronto
  • Encourage creative expression through quality arts opportunities and foster meaningful youth engagement in project design, implementation and evaluation
  • Promote social inclusion and provide opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills, build their personal and professional capacity, and access opportunities within their communities
  • Not be a project who's primary activities are religious or political in nature
  • Provide opportunities for youth to benefit from both the intrinsic (e.g. personal enjoyment, creative expression) and instrumental value (e.g. community engagement, skills development, social change) of the arts
  • Offer an ongoing skill-building series (like a workshop series or intensive) that engages the same group of participants for each session. (Drop-in style programming, personal projects, and one-time events are not eligible for ArtReach funding.)

 ArtReach embraces a broad definition of art and looks to support emerging, popular, and traditional art forms. For a list of some of these art forms, see

Individual artists, groups of artists, unincorporated organizations, nonprofits, and charitable organizations may apply for community project grants at the following funding levels: 

  1. $5,000 Pilot Project
    • New idea; or
    • Smaller-scale project (short timeline, reduced number of participants); or
    • First time applicant is coordinating and leading a program 
  2. $10,000 Phase One Project:
    • First-time program, but applicant has previous experience coordinating or leading programming; or
    • Continuation of an existing program; or
    • Larger-scale project (longer timeline, higher number of participants) 
  3. $15,000 Phase Two Project:
    •  Project was successfully funded by ArtReach in the past; AND
    •  Is expanding the previously funded project by at least one of the following measures:
      • Increasing timelines
      • Increasing the number of participants served
      • Reaching a new, underserved community
      • Adding new employment opportunities for young people
      • Teaching a more advanced level of an arts practice

Note: Budget expenses related to COVID-19 precautions are allowable (EG. hand sanitizer, masks for staff and participants, cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), etc.).

For a list of eligible expenses, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156830

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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:

Projects cannot start earlier than June 1st of the year of application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

ArtReach will fund:
- Youth led groups, collectives, or not-for-profit organizations
- Individual young artists
- Youth groups that are housed within larger not-for-profit or charitable organizations*
- Adult applicants providing arts training opportunities to youth facing severe barriers**

*If you are an organization that is not youth-lead but are seeking funding for a project that is lead by youth 29 or under, please have the youth leaders apply for a grant directly. An adult-lead organization may be a trustee or partner, but the Applicant Name on your application cannot be an adult individual or an adult-lead organization.

**Proposals from applicants that are not youth/ youth-led initiatives will only be considered where the barriers being faced by the participants are severe (historical examples include programs serving youth who are refugees, youth living in Care, or youth with severe disabilities). In these cases, there must be a strong youth engagement model in place to allow for youth to still carry meaningful leadership roles. If this applies, please contact the Program Manager to discuss before applying.

For a list of ineligible expenses, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

ArtReach offers a variety of workshops on the Business of Art. These workshops are introductory-level; look 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 at

Pre-Application Information:

ArtReach runs one annual granting round, with applications opening December 1st, and due February 1st at 11:59pm each year.

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

Important Note: Due to potential public health restrictions, social distancing rules, and venue closures, online programs are eligible for ArtReach funding. If your program is to be run in-person, you must follow all public health guidelines as outlined by Toronto Public Health related to the COVID-19 pandemic. You should also consider contingency planning in the event of unforeseen implementations of stricter guidelines (EG. moving back a phase, enforced lock down, etc.).

TAC Accessibility grant: ArtReach projects involving Deaf artists and artists with disabilities may apply for an additional TAC grant to cover accessibility-related expenses. For further information, see

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

Applicants cannot receive funds from both ArtReach and 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, such as CUE Micro Grants.

Groups are restricted from re-applying to ArtReach until final reports are submitted for any open grants, and written notification has been received that the file has been closed.

Projects applying for ArtReach funding cannot charge participants a fee to join their program. All programming must be free for youth to access.


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

To access the online application:

For questions or support, please email

ArtScape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street, Suite 201
Toronto, Ontario
M6J 2W5

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