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Animating Toronto Parks

Grants and In-Kind Support to Toronto Art Collectives,
Artists, and Nonprofits for Public Arts Programs

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

Deadline Date:

12/02/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000, grants of up to $25,000, and in-kind support to Toronto arts collectives, artists, and nonprofit organizations to host free arts programs in eligible local parks. Applicants must contact the Funding Source at least two weeks prior to the application deadline.

Toronto Arts Council’s Animating Toronto Parks grants program provides funding to create and present free arts programming in selected Toronto parks located in Etobicoke, East York, York, North York and Scarborough. Eligible programming includes the presentation of dance, literary arts, music, theater, visual arts and media arts, community-engaged arts and any combination of the above. All arts programming must be free and open to the general public.

Applicants may apply in one of two categories:

  • Short-term projects: This category provides funding for short-term or smaller projects, such as a one-day to week-long festivals, short-run performances, concerts, screenings, etc. These projects generally feature activity in the park for a shorter period of time, usually less than a week.
  • Larger-scale projects: This category provides funding for larger-scale and long-term projects that feature activity in the park and engage community over a longer period of time, such as park residencies and multi-week performance programs. 

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 website, wayfinding signage, onsite volunteers, assistance with local community outreach, and other support.

In Kind Support:

Arts in the Parks is a free city-wide initiative designed to offer a wide range of in-kind supports to artists and arts organizations working in parks across the city. Arts in the Parks provides support with marketing, community engagement, on-site way-finding signage, and volunteer coordination to artists and arts organizations presenting free arts events in Toronto parks. Arts in the Parks is a core resource for Animating Toronto Parks grants recipients. 

For information on Park Selection and a list of parks available for programming, see:

Projects involving Deaf artists and artists with disabilities may apply for an additional TAC grant. For more information, see "TAC Accessibility Grant" section at:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165194

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Short-term projects: Maximum grant in this category is $15,000
- Larger-scale projects: Maximum grant in this category is $25,000
- A TAC Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000 towards accessibility costs for artists incurred during the project.

Term of Contract:

- Summer Projects must take place between June 15 and September 30, 2020.
- Winter Projects must take place between December 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. (The date range for your complete project, including both offsite activity and park activity, can start no earlier than January 30, 2020 and end no later than April 15, 2021.)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must be professional artists or not-for-profit organizations or collectives operating on a not-for-profit basis. The payment of artists’ fees is a requirement of this program. Funding cannot be used to support an organization’s ongoing staff or faculty salaries.
- 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 two or more years of public presentation or exhibition.
- A collective is defined as a group of 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 for this grants program. Projects must include the collaborative involvement of professional artists with community members and payment of artist fees.
- You may not apply as an individual and as a member of an organization or collective in the same competition.
- TAC has two distinct funding envelopes:
1. Arts Discipline funding (e.g. discipline-specific project grants and operating grants) and
2. Strategic funding (e.g. Artists in the Library, Open Door, etc.)
Applicants are eligible to receive only one grant from each funding envelope per calendar year.

For Eligibility Criteria Specific to Individuals and Eligibility Criteria Specific to Organizations and Collectives, see:

The following are not eligible to apply to this program:
- Undergraduate students.
- Commercial businesses and for-profit organizations: These organizations may be eligible to include their events under the larger Arts in the Parks banner and receive promotion and signage. Contact the Program Manager for information.

Permanent installations will not be funded within this program.

Donations or other fees may not be solicited as part of the Animating Toronto Parks program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All new applicants to the Animating Toronto Parks grants program are advised to attend either an information session or a grant-writing workshop. If you can’t make one of these sessions, please reach out to the Program Manager and schedule a time to discuss your application, so that you can get some support in crafting your grant application.
- Animating Toronto Parks Information Session: November 16, 2-4 pm
- Animating Toronto Parks Grants Information Session: November 19, 2-3:30 pm
- Animating Toronto Parks: Grant-Writing Workshop: November 25, noon-2 pm

For information on available sessions and how to register, see Info Sessions in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: December 2, 2019 for Summer Projects

Presubmission Requirements:
- New Applicants: New applicants are required to speak with the Program Manager before submitting an application. Please make arrangements to speak with the Program Manager a minimum of two weeks before the application deadline. All applicants are encouraged to speak to the Program Manager in order to get support with navigating permitting and site-related logistics, to confirm the eligibility and feasibility of your project, or to get feedback on your application, if you would like it. You are encouraged to contact the Program Manager at any time for support with your application and project planning.
- Winter Projects: Winter Projects applicants are required to speak to the Program Manager a minimum of two weeks before the application deadline in order to get support with winter permit requirements ad site-related logistics.
- Black Creek Community Farm Projects: Applicants to Black Creek Community Farm are required to speak to Director Leticia Deawuo in order to discuss opportunities, limitation and permissions for farm parkland.

Applicants are required to register and submit the application, including the required support material, on TAC Grants Online. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on the deadline date. TAC does not accept applications by any other means of delivery. You will receive a confirmation email when your application is submitted.

For application information, see:

Successful applicants must be available in the months between notification and project implementation (February to May) to confirm permitting details, programming information, and to deliver marketing materials as required. Attendance at an Arts in the Parks Orientation Session (February 2019, dates TBA) is required.

Contact Information:

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

TAC Grants Online:

For further information about this program, contact Erika Hennebury, Strategic Programs Manager at 416-392-6802 x 219 or

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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