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Writers Program Grant

Grants to Ontario Writers to Support the Creation
of New Works and Finish Works in Progress

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

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06/15/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to Ontario writers in eligible locations to support the creation of new works and finish works in progress. Consideration will be given to applications from both emerging and established writers of different types of writing. Eligible applicants must be current residents of the City of Toronto.

Toronto Arts Council (TAC) Writers Program supports the creation of new literary works or works-inprogress in the genres of fiction (including novels, short stories, children’s literature, graphic novels, etc.), literary non-fiction, poetry and oral traditions such as storytelling, dub, rap, and spoken-word.

The program provides two levels of support for writers. The following fixed amounts are available: 

Level One – for writers in the early stages of their career. Applicants must have a minimum of one professionally published work to their credit (i.e. one article, poem, or short story). Those with one or more professionally published books must apply in the Level Two category. Artists working with oral traditions must have a history of public performance.

Level Two – for writers with an established writing career. Applicants must have a minimum of one of the following:

  • 1 professionally published book;
  • 20 pages of published poems;
  • 60 pages of short stories, articles or non-fiction published in literary magazines, periodicals, or anthologies;
  • Artists working with oral traditions must have a substantial history of public performance and be recognized as established artists by their peers.

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 will provide up to a maximum of $5,000 towards 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).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167062

Estimated Size of Grant:

Level One: $5,000
Level Two: $10,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must start after the applicant receives the notification of results (September 30) and must be completed within two years of the date of the grant notification letter.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- TAC welcomes and encourages applications from all Toronto artists, including but not limited to: Indigenous artists, artists of colour, 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.
- Applicants must be Canadian Citizens, or Permanent Residents (Landed Immigrants), or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status, or be a Protected Person (approved refugee claimant) and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.
- Applicants must be current residents of the City of Toronto and must have lived in the City for at least one year prior to the application deadline. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet the residency requirement.

- Full-time undergraduate students are not eligible.
- Professional artists pursuing graduate studies may not apply for work related to their program of study. A letter from the graduate program director specifying that the project is not related to the graduate student’s program of studies must be submitted with the application in the CV/Biography section.

- Writing projects in languages other than English or French are accepted if the writing sample is accompanied by an accurate English translation.
- Applicants may submit an application to either the Playwrights or the Writers Program, but not to both.
- 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.
- Applicants may apply for funding for only one project per deadline.
- Applicants may receive a grant through TAC’s Playwrights or Writers Program only once every two years. Those who received a grant in 2019 are not eligible in 2020 but may reapply in 2021.
-TAC does not fund retroactively.

- Projects cannot be funded more than once in this program. Writers who receive a grant may not reapply to continue or finish the same project.
- All applicants to this program must be published by a professional publisher. Only publishers that have an independent editorial selection process are considered professional. Self-publishing and writing in newsletters or student magazines do not qualify as professional publishing.

Ineligible projects include, but are not limited to: film, video or television scripts; anthologies or collections that include a number of writers’ works; children's activity books; directories; index compilations or bibliographies of minimal critical content; travel or food guides; instruction or selfhelp books or manuals; cookbooks; catalogues of exhibitions; commissioned works, including industrial or business histories or biographies; academic textbooks or books designed primarily for an educational/scholarly market; professional reference books aimed at a specialized audience; calendars, daybooks, agendas, or almanacs; promotion or book launches; publishing, translation, or tuition fees.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: June 15, 2020

- Programs are open to receive applications two to three months before the submission deadline.
- Applications remain available until 11:59:59 PM of the published deadline date.

Applicants are required to register and submit the Writers application, including support material, on Toronto Arts Council Grants Online.

How to Apply:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For questions, contact Catalina Fellay-Dunbar, Literary Program Manager:
416-392-6802 extension 224

Toronto Arts Council
26 Grand Trunk Crescent, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario M5J 3A9

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City of Toronto

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