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Grants and In-Kind Support to Ontario Artists and Nonprofits for Public Arts Programming in Eligible Locations

Animating Toronto Parks Grants


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Funding Source
Toronto Arts Council (TAC)
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Geographic Focus
Canada:Ontario: Toronto;

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/13/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $25,000 and in-kind support to Ontario artists, arts collectives, and nonprofit organizations to provide public programs in eligible locations. Funding is intended for projects and programming in a range of artistic disciplines including music, dance, theater, literary arts, visual arts, media arts, community-engaged arts, and Indigenous arts. Programs must be held in selected Toronto parks located in Etobicoke, East York, York, North York, and Scarborough.

Grant recipients will be provided with:

  • Funding toward artist fees and production elements
  • Access to park space (permit dates subject to approval by TAC and PF&R)
  • Coverage under the TAC’s liability insurance
  • Information regarding additional requirements (emergency action plan, waste, and recycling diversion plan, etc.) or additional permits (special events permit notice, noise exemption, building permit, etc.)
  • An introduction to City of Toronto PF&R permit staff and park supervisors, Park People, and local community/parks groups
  • Support under Toronto Arts Foundation’s Arts in the Parks initiative, including marketing, promotion, inclusion on the website, wayfinding signage, onsite volunteers, assistance with local community outreach, and other support.

TAC is committed to equity and inclusion and welcomes applications from diverse cultural and geographic communities within the City of Toronto. Specific equity measures or targeted programs are in place to ensure full access and participation by Black artists, Indigenous artists, artists of color, artists who are Deaf, have disabilities or are living with mental illness, artists who self-identify as 2SLGBTQIAP, newcomer and refugee artists, young and emerging artists and artists working outside the downtown core.

TAC Accessibility Grant: Projects involving Deaf artists and artists with disabilities may apply for an additional TAC grant by completing the Accessibility Expenses section of the application and including the requisite information in their budget. A TAC Accessibility grant supports accessibility costs for artists incurred during the project. Accessibility costs include but are not limited to: ASL interpretation, audio description, closed captioning, communications assistants, attendant care (including helpers for Elders), support workers, and equipment rentals or other supports required to meet artists’ accessibility needs.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- This grants program is open to professional artists, not-for-profit arts organizations or artist collectives operating on a not-for-profit basis, and *not-for-profit organizations. (*not-for-profit organizations that are not arts-based may only apply to undertake projects that involve the artistic leadership of professional artists.)
- A professional artist is someone who has developed their skills through training and/or practice; is recognized as such by artists working in the same artistic field; actively practices his or her art; seeks payment for her/his work; and has a history of public presentation or exhibition.
- TAC recognizes that due to systemic barriers within the broader arts community (e.g. limited mainstream presentation opportunities for artists from equity-seeking communities) that some flexibility may be required in interpreting eligibility criteria to take into account equivalent professional experience and contexts. Potential applicants from equity-seeking communities are encouraged to discuss their eligibility with the Program Manager in advance of submitting an application.

For Individuals:
- Individuals must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents or have an application pending for Permanent Resident Status or be a Protected Person (approved refugee claimant). If requested, you must be able to provide documentation to verify this. (Grant recipients must have a Social Insurance Number.)
- Individuals must have been a resident of the City of Toronto for at least one year prior to the deadline, and live and work in Toronto for at least 8 months a year. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet the residency requirement.

For Organizations and Collectives:
- Organizations and collectives must be incorporated non-profit organizations or unincorporated collectives which operate on a non-profit basis. A collective is defined as two or more artists working together under a group name, either on a single project (ad hoc) or on an ongoing basis. For collectives of two artists, both must be City of Toronto residents. For collectives of more than two artists, the majority of members must be City of Toronto residents.
- Not-for-profit organizations that are not arts-based are eligible to apply to this grants program. Projects must include the collaborative involvement of professional artists with community members, as well as the payment of professional artist fees.
- Organizations and collectives must be located in the City of Toronto. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet this requirement.

Additional Geographic Information:

Map of eligible parks:

You may not apply as an individual and be part of an organization or collective applying in the same competition.

Pre-Application Information
The application deadline is November 13, 2023, no later than 11:59 pm.

Application guidelines will be posted 3 months prior to the deadline date.

Applicants may receive a maximum of one Strategic Programs grant per calendar year. Applicants may not apply for more than one Strategic Programs grant at a time.

Applicants who are Deaf or have a disability and need support to complete their grant applications can apply for funds to cover the costs of assistance from Application Support Service Providers. Please contact the Grant Program Manager at least six weeks before the grant program deadline to determine eligibility, request application support funding, and review the process for payment to be made to the Service Provider. Requests for application support require approval from the Grant Program Manager. See:

For information regarding park permits, see:

Application information:

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Estimated Size of Grant
- The maximum grant in this program is $25,000.
- TAC Accessibility Grant: up to $5,000
- Application accessibility support for deaf persons or people with disabilities: Up to $500

Term of Contract
For projects taking place in 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For questions about this program, contact Lena Golubtsova, Strategic Programs Manager, at

26 Grand Trunk Crescent, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario M5J 3A9
Phone: 416-392-6800

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