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Playwrights Program Grant

Grants to Ontario Playwrights in Eligible
Locations for Professional Development

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Funding Source:

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

Deadline Date:

06/15/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of $4,000 and grants of $8,000 to Ontario individual playwrights in eligible locations to support cultural activities that enhance and develop professional careers. Funding is intended to provide assistance to new, emerging, mid-career, or senior playwrights for the writing of stage plays. Eligible applicants reside in the City of Toronto.

There are two levels of grants in this program:

  • Level One: For new or emerging playwrights with little or no prior history of production.
  • Level Two: For mid-career or senior playwrights with a history of professional production.

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. TAC 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#: 167065

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Level One: $4,000
- Level Two: $8,000

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:

- The Project Start Date must be after you receive the notification of results (September 30). While it is understood that works in progress will have begun before the submission deadline, the period of time covered by this grant must commence after September 30.
- All projects must be completed within two years of the date that the Notification Letter was issued

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- 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 residents of the City of Toronto for at least one year prior to the application deadline. Temporary absences of up to 12 months may be considered, subject to written explanation and special permission; please contact the Program Manager. A Post Office Box address can’t be used to meet the residency requirement.

Potential applicants from equity-seeking communities are encouraged to discuss their eligibility with the Program Manager in advance of submitting an application.

Collaborative proposals (involving a co-applicant) are eligible. For these proposals, one of the applicants must identify a principal applicant. Co-applicants are subject to the same eligibility criteria as single, individual applicants and must be involved equally in the creation of the work.

Writing projects in languages other than English or French are accepted if the writing sample is accompanied by an accurate English translation. An applicant must have started writing the play for which funding is requested. A sample of writing from the proposed project is required for this application.

Undergraduate students cannot apply. Professional artists pursuing graduate studies may not apply for work related to the 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.

This program does not fund:
- Projects that have been completed prior to the announcement of results. Toronto Arts Council does not fund retroactively.
- Academic work or work towards a graduate degree; film or television scripts; publishing; translation; production costs associated with mounting a stage production; tuition fees.
- Projects that have been funded once in this program. Playwrights who receive a grant may not reapply to continue or finish the same project.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: June 15, 2021. Applications remain available until 11:59:59 PM of the published deadline date. Programs are open to receive applications two to three months before the submission deadline.

Notification will be received within three months of the deadline date.

Applicants may receive a grant through TAC’s Playwrights or Writers Program only once every two years. Those who received a grant in 2020 are not eligible to apply in 2021 but may reapply in 2022. Applicants may apply for funding for only one project per deadline.

Application information:

Contact Information:

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

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Direct questions to:
Elahe Marjovi, Theatre Program Manager
416-392-6802 x 220

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Canada: Ontario: City of Toronto;

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