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Animating Toronto Parks

Grants and In-Kind Support to Ontario Arts Collectives,
Artists, and Nonprofits for Public Arts Programming

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

Conf. Date:

11/04/20

Deadline Date:

12/14/20 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $25,000 and in-kind support to Ontario artists, arts collectives, and nonprofit organizations to provide public entertainment in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support programming from a variety of artistic practices including music, dance, theater, literary arts, visual arts, media arts, community-engaged arts, and Indigenous arts. Programming 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 the 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 artsintheparksto.org website, wayfinding signage, onsite volunteers, assistance with local community outreach, and other support.

For information on Park Selection and a list of parks available for programming, see: https://torontoartscouncil.org/TAC/media/tac/Grants/2021-Animating-Toronto-Parks-Guidelines.pdf#page=4

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165194

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant in this program is $25,000. For applicants who are Deaf or have a disability, up to $500 is available per eligible applicant in each calendar year for support to complete their grant application.

Term of Contract:

The Project Start Date must be no earlier than April 1, 2021. All projects must be completed within two years of the date on the Notification Letter.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- This grant program is open to professional artists, not-for-profit arts organizations or artist collectives operating on a not-for-profit basis.
- 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.

Ineligible: https://torontoartscouncil.org/TAC/media/tac/Grants/2021-Animating-Toronto-Parks-Guidelines-3.pdf#page=3

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information Session: November 4, 2020 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM via zoom.

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tac-animating-toronto-parks-grants-info-session-tickets-123387107159

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: December 14, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

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 to review the process for payment to be made to the Service Provider. Requests for application support require approval from the Grant Program Manager.

Application information: https://torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/discover-tac-grants/online-application

Tips for first-time applicants: https://torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/discover-tac-grants/online-application/tips-for-first-time-users

Information on parks permits: https://torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/discover-tac-grants/tac-grants/other-tac-grants/animating-toronto-parks/parks-permits

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: http://tac.smartsimple.ca/

Contact:
Erika Hennebury, Strategic Programs Manager
416-392-6802 x 219
erika@torontoartscouncil.org

Grant Coverage Areas:

Funding is available for programming in selected Toronto parks located in Etobicoke, East York, York, North York, and Scarborough.

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