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ArtReach Grant

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

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

02/01/18 11:59 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to Toronto, Ontario youth-led groups, nonprofits, collectives, and young artists to increase access to quality arts programs for underserved youth, ages 13 to 29. Programs featuring new and emerging art forms are encouraged. The Funding Source wishes to support innovative youth projects that may not be supported elsewhere.

ArtReach will support projects that:

- Serve youth living in Toronto, with priority for those who identify with an underserved community
- Are offered by individual young artists and/or youth-led groups and organizations
- Encourage creative expression through quality arts opportunities and foster meaningful youth engagement in project design, implementation and evaluation.

“Underserved communities” refers to under-resourced geographic areas as well as under-resourced groups. This could include neighborhoods or Toronto Community Housing units (for example Chester Le or Flemingdon Park), as well as groups with specific experiences, cultures or identities (for example, youth who identify as Queer and/or Trans*, or youth in the Eritrean diaspora). ArtReach encourages applicants to describe their community, and the needs of its members, in their proposals.

“Quality arts opportunities” go beyond an introduction to the art form and offer experiences that have a personal or emotional impact on the participant, and a positive impact on the broader community. They also provide participants with sufficient resources to develop tangible skills in the given art form.

”Meaningful youth engagement” includes youth being involved in the governance of a group or organization, as well as being involved in decision making around project planning, implementation, management and evaluation. Note that ArtReach’s mandate is to support youth-led initiatives, where primary decision-making rests with young people aged 13-29.

Applicants may submit proposals in one of the following categories:

Apply for a $5,000 pilot project if:
- You want to try out a new idea, or
- You want to run a smaller-scale project (short timeline, reduced number of participants), or
- This is the the first time you’ve run this program (and have no previous experience)

Apply for a $10,000 Phase One Project if:
- This is the first time you’ve run this program, but have previous programming/ project experience, or
- You want to want to keep an existing program running, or
- You want to run a larger-scale project (longer timeline, higher number of participants)

You can only apply for a $15,000 Phase Two Project if:
- Your Phase One project was successfully funded by ArtReach in the past
- You are expanding your phase one project by increasing timelines, adding more participants, adding a new community, adding new employment opportunities for young people, or teaching a more advanced level of your arts practice to your phase one same participants.

Successful Applications:

- Have a clear outreach strategy to connect with youth who may have limited access to engaging arts opportunities
- Demonstrate a comprehensive workplan that includes all activities from planning your project, to conducting your wrap up (the more detail you can provide, the better)
- Provide a detailed explanation of how the art form(s) proposed will be engaging and relevant to youth
- Have a clear evaluation plan to show how you will measure, document and share project findings
- Includes details that show you have put time and research into this proposal. The more you include, the more the Grant Review Team is able to see that you’ve planned for every step of your project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156830

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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:

One-phase projects must be completed and reported on within one year from the time the funds are distributed.

There is no minimum length for a project to receive support, yet at least four months is advised to ensure there is enough time for planning, outreach and project wrap-up.

Projects may not begin before June 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Projects must be carried out by youth or youth-led groups and organizations.

Eligible Applicants Include:
- Youth-led groups, collectives, or nonprofit organizations
- Individual young artists leading new or existing projects that provide learning opportunities for youth
- Youth groups that are housed within larger not-for-profit or charitable organizations*
- Applicants providing arts training opportunities to youth facing severe barriers*

*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.

To be eligible for funding, projects must have all of the following key features:

- Increase access to quality arts opportunities that encourage creative expression and involve meaningful engagement of youth (ages 13 – 29) in Toronto
- Applicants must be living and providing project activities within the City of Toronto
- Projects must promote social inclusion and provide opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills, capacity, and opportunities within their communities and the initiatives they lead
- Projects must 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
- Projects must involve youth in project development, implementation and evaluation
- Projects must involve artist(s) with relevant experience and reach into participating communities
- Projects must offer an ongoing workshop series that engages the same group of participants for each session. Drop-in style programming or one-time programs are not eligible for ArtReach funding.

Please note that you can only apply for a $15,000 Phase Two Project if your Phase One project was successfully funded by ArtReach in the past.

Eligible Art Forms:
ArtReach embraces a broad definition of culture and is looking to support both emerging and traditional art forms, as well as popular art forms. This includes, but is not limited to: music, dance, drama, creative writing, poetry and spoken word, carnival and circus, film and video, TV and radio, photography, new media, multi-media, visual arts, graffiti and street art, graphic design, textiles, fashion design, crafts, the 5 elements of hip hop etc.

Eligible Expenses:
- Salaries and wages for project staff and artists
- Art supplies and equipment
- Transportation, including TTC tickets for project participants
- Program planning, development and evaluation
- Staff and volunteer training
- Promotion and outreach strategies
- Liability insurance
- Rental and permit fees
- Minor space improvements (e.g. painting, construction of a stage)
- Capital costs up to 20% of the total request.
- Web design and printing costs
- Events or forums: Please note that events that are eligible for funding must be supplementing or enhancing a project, or showcasing works of art developed by youth within the proposed project.
- Translation or interpretation services or any accommodation services/supports for special needs.

If there are other expenses not included in the above list that are critical to the success of your project, please discuss this with ArtReach staff, as it may be eligible depending on the project.

Ineligible Expenses:
- Individual artists projects or creation of works
- General operating expenses (unrelated to the project)
- Deficit 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.

- Groups are restricted from re-applying to ArtReach until their final reports are submitted, and they have received written notification that their file has been closed.

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

Pre-proposal Conference:

Workshops/clinics are open to youth (13 to 29 years old). Space is limited so register using the links in Contact Information below.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Grant Writing Workshop
This interactive session will explore the basics of preparing a grant application for ArtReach's upcoming 2018 deadline. It will break down the main components of our application, including the proposal, work plan and budget; and will provide tips for creating a clear and concise application. The workshop will run from 6:00-9:00 PM, with a Q & A session from 8:30-9:00 PM.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Grant Writing Clinic
This clinic is an opportunity for individuals to have their applications read by a volunteer reviewer, with feedback provided. Each applicant (artist or group) may sign up for one, 30-minute slot. Sign up for a timeslot using the link in Contact Information below. There is no guarantee that a volunteer reviewer will be available to meet with you if you do not pre-book an appointment.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due February 1, 2018 by 11:59 PM EST. If your project is eligible, the ArtReach Grant Review Team (GRT) will review your application and funding request. The GRT is a group of young volunteers representing youth, non-profit/community organizations and artists. Results are announced within 60 days of the deadline.

If your project is not approved for funding, you are encouraged to reapply and should speak to the staff who may be able to advise you on next steps.

- Grant Workshop: January 9, 2018
- Grant Writing Clinic: January 10, 2018
- Grant Round Closes: February 1, 2018 (11:59 PM EST)
- Grant Review Team Meets: March 2018 TBD
- Applicants Notified of Results: March/ April 2018 TBD
- Letters of Understanding: April/ May 2018 TBD
- Grantee Orientation Session and Cheque Distribution: May/ June 2018 TBD

*Dates subject to change; specific dates will be provided as soon as possible

Program Guidelines:

Contact Information:

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

RSVP for the January 9 or 10, 2018 workshops here:

RSVP for a 30-minute timeslot during the January 10, 2018 Grantwriting Clinic here:

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

You can also click here to book a time to speak to a grants manager regarding your project or application:

Please note that ArtReach will be closed for the holidays from starting Saturday, December 23, 2017 and will reopen Monday, January 8, 2018.

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario