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Writers Program Grants

Grants to Toronto, Ontario Writers to Create
New Works and Finish Works in Progress

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

Deadline Date:

06/14/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of $5,000 and grants of $10,000 to Toronto, Ontario writers to create or complete literary works of fiction, including short stories, novels, graphic novels, and children's literature, and poetry, non-fiction, and oral traditions, such as spoken word, dub, and storytelling.

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

Level One: $5,000 - This funding level is 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 categoryArtists working with oral traditions must have a history of public performance.

Level Two: $10,000 - This funding level is for writers with an established writing career. Applicants must have a minimum of one of the following:
- 1 professionally published book.
- 60 pages of short stories, articles or non-fiction published in literary magazines, periodicals or anthologies.
- 20 pages of published poems.
- Artists working with oral traditions must have a substantial history of public performance and be recognized as established artists by their peers.

Projects involving Deaf artists and artists with disabilities may apply for an additional TAC grant by completing the Accessibility Expenses section of the application. A Toronto Arts Council Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000 towards accessibility costs incurred during the project for artists involved with the project. Accessibility costs include but are not limited to: ASL interpretation, communications assistants, and attendant care.

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GrantWatch ID#: 167062

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be Canadian Citizens, or Permanent Residents (Landed Immigrants), or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status 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.

All applicants to this program must be published by a professional publisher. Only publishers that have an independent editorial selection process are considered professional, and the author must receive financial compensation for the work. Self-publishing and writing in newsletters or student magazines do not qualify as professional publishing.

Writing projects in languages other than English or French are accepted if the writing sample is accompanied by an accurate English translation.

Applicants may receive a grant through TAC’s Writers or Playwrights Program only once every two years.

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 officer in advance of submitting an application.

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.

TAC does not fund retroactively. Projects for which the final draft has been completed prior to notification of results are not eligible.

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 self-help 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 Submission Deadline: June 14, 2018

Applications must be submitted on Toronto Arts Council Grants Online no later than 11:59 pm on the deadline date.

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.

Online application:

Catalina Fellay-Dunbar, Literary Officer
416-392-6802 x 224

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

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Canada: Ontario