Literary Program: Project Funding

Grants to Toronto, Ontario Literary Nonprofits
for Festivals, Conferences, and Presentations

GrantWatch ID#: 169343
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

08/01/17 11:59 PM

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Grants of up to $8,000 to Toronto, Ontario nonprofit literary organizations and collectives for one-time literary projects and activities. First-time applicants are advised to contact program staff to confirm eligibility prior to applying. Funding is intended to enable eligible organizations and collectives to pursue one-time or time-limited literary projects involving production, presentation, and other activities that contribute to the development of the literary arts in Toronto. This program is not intended to support an organization/collective’s ongoing activities.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

- Writer-in-Residence programs;
- Literary festivals;
- Conferences or symposia for literary professionals and their audiences;
- Series or performance events that incorporate any or all of the following: readings, storytelling, dub poetry, spoken word, etc.

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, and attendant care. See the program guidelines and application for details.

Literary Project Grants: Up to $8,000
TAC Accessibility Grants: Up to $5,000

Timing of the Grant:

Project applications submitted to the March deadline must be for projects commencing after June 1. Project applications submitted to the August deadline must be for projects commencing after November 1.

- Applicants must be incorporated nonprofit literary organizations or unincorporated literary collectives operating on a nonprofit basis. A collective is defined as a group of two or more artists working together under a group name, either on a single project or on an ongoing basis.

- Organizations/collectives must be located within the City of Toronto and the activity for which the funding is requested must occur within the City of Toronto.

- 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.

- Artists must be professional. 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 tradition; actively practices his or her art; seeks payment for their work; and has a history of public presentation.

- The payment of artist fees is a requirement in this program.

- Organizations/collectives may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Literary program and may not apply to other TAC discipline programs. Grant recipients must submit a final report on their previous Literary project before submitting a new application to the program. However, TAC offers other types of granting opportunities through its Strategic Initiatives envelope, and you may be eligible to apply to one of these programs. Please consult TAC’s website for other granting opportunities. Literary Project grant recipients may receive a maximum of one additional grant per calendar year and may not have more than two outstanding project reports at any time.

The following are not eligible to apply to this program:

- Organizations/collectives that receive TAC operating funding in any discipline;
- Educational and religious institutions, unless there is a clear demarcation at both the program and budget level between their regular activities (i.e. religious/congregation activities or educational/student body activities) and their arts activities;
- Schools that are part of Ontario’s public or private education system;
- Individuals.

Additional Restrictions:

- TAC does not fund retroactively. Projects that have commenced prior to the adjudication will not be considered.
- This program is not intended to support an organization/collective’s ongoing activities.

The following expenses are not eligible:
- Expenses related to publishing, book launches, and archiving projects; film and video production, awards and award ceremonies, fundraising events/projects, deficit reduction, art therapy, equipment purchase, capital projects (e.g. renovation)
- Expenses for activities taking place outside of the City of Toronto (such as touring, travel, etc.).

This program does not fund print or online publishing or literary competitions.

Application deadlines: March 1 and August 1, 2017

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

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the application.

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

Click here to apply online:

For questions about this program, contact Catalina Fellay-Dunbar, Literary Officer:

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


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