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Literary Program: Project Funding

Grants to Toronto, Ontario Literary Nonprofits for Short-Term
and One-Time Literary Projects and Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

Deadline Date:

08/01/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $8,000 to Toronto, Ontario nonprofit literary organizations and collectives for one-time and short-term literary projects and activities. Funding is intended to support the production and/or presentation of literary projects as well as activities that contribute to the development of the literary arts in Toronto.

These grants contribute to the direct costs associated with a literary project, including artistic fees, production and technical costs, marketing and publicity costs, event documentation expenses, administrative costs, etc.

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.

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 toward 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169343

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

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.

All projects must be completed within two years of the date of your grant notification.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- 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.
- 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.
- 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.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines: March 4 and August 1, 2019. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on the deadline dates.

First-time applicants to this program are advised to speak with the Literary Program Officer prior to submitting an application to confirm eligibility.

TAC does not fund 100% of a project budget. Applicants must indicate a range of revenue sources, which may include donated goods and services.

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

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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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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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Canada: Ontario