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Locations to Increase Access to the Arts for Underserved Youth

ArtReach Grant

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ArtReach and Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

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Deadline Date:

02/01/22 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $15,000 to Ontario nonprofit organizations, youth groups, and artists for arts programs that benefit underserved youth in eligible locations. Funding is intended for innovative youth-led programs 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. 

The programs must:

  • Be coordinated and delivered by individual artists 13-29 or groups/ organizations/ collectives where leadership positions and decision-making responsibilities are held by young people 13-29 from equity-deserving communities
  • Be offered to youth participants aged 13-29 from equity-deserving communities who face systemic barriers to accessing high-quality arts opportunities
  • Be a program and not a project 
  • Be delivered in Toronto, by a Toronto-based applicant, for participants in Toronto (this includes only the City of Toronto, Scarborough, North York, and Etobicoke, not the GTA)
  • Be free for participants to participate in
  • Be first and foremost focused on the arts and artistic skill-building. Other benefits/ focuses must be secondary to a focus on the arts
  • Be registration-based and serve the same group of participants throughout its duration.

For information about program support, see:

For information about eligible expenses, see:

Programs involving Deaf artists, artists with disabilities, and artists living with mental illness may apply for an additional grant to cover accessibility-related expenses. Please click here to read more about this grant:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156830

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible applicants may apply for grants at the following funding levels:
- STREAM 1: Any applicant: Up to $10,000
- STREAM 2: If you have been funded by ArtReach before (as an individual artist, a group/organization/collective, or as a lead team member of a previously funded group/ organization/collective): Up to $15,000

Programs involving Deaf artists, artists with disabilities, and artists living with mental illness may apply for an additional grant of up to $5,000 to cover accessibility-related expenses.

Term of Contract:

Prep for approved programs cannot start earlier than May 1st of the year of application, and programming itself cannot start before June 1st

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

ArtReach will fund:
- Unincorporated groups/ organizations/ collectives, or incorporated non-profit organizations/ registered charities led by youth 13-29
- Individual young artists aged 13-29
- 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-led but are seeking funding for a program that is led by youth 13-29, please have the youth leaders apply for a grant directly. The Applicant Name on your application cannot be an adult individual or an adult-led organization.

**Proposals from applicants that are not youth/ youth-led will only be considered where the barriers being faced by the participants are severe. In these cases, there must be a strong youth engagement model in place to allow for young people to still carry meaningful leadership roles in the program. In this case, applicants must receive approval from ArtReach’s Program Manager before applying. Failing to seek this approval before applying will result in your application being ineligible for review.

Not funded:
- Drop-in style programming
- Events, festivals, etc.
- Personal or collective projects
- Art therapy programs
- Programs whose primary activities are religious or political

For information about ineligible expenses, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Workshops will be held on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, and Wednesday, January 12, 2022, from 6:00-8:00 pm. These sessions will explore the basics of preparing a grant application for ArtReach’s upcoming deadline, breaking down the main components of the application, including the proposal, work plan, and budget, and will provide tips for creating a clear and concise application.

Registration will be available at when open.

Pre-Application Information:

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

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

Applicants can receive a maximum of three ArtReach grants.

Applicants cannot receive funds from both ArtReach and the Toronto Arts Council for the same activities and timelines. 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.


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

Apply online (from December 1).

For questions or support, please email

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

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