Community Arts Project Grant

Grants to Toronto, Ontario Arts Nonprofits and
Community Groups for Collaborative Arts Projects

GrantWatch ID#: 172510
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

08/01/17 11:59 PM

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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $15,000 to Toronto, Ontario nonprofit art organizations and community groups for collaborative projects involving one or more art practices such as music, theater, dance, visual arts, and storytelling. First-time applicants must speak with program staff prior to submitting an application in order to confirm eligibility.

Projects must involve a professional artist to work with community members.

Funding areas are as follows:
1) Arts Engagement (Up to $15,000)
Applicants may include community organizations, professional arts organizations and artists’ collectives. In this category, artists engage the community through their art form, work with community members to encourage maximum participation in the arts practice and the art making, and recognize that the process of collaboration is as important as resulting artistic products.

- Arts programs in underserved neighborhoods and communities that help overcome barriers to participation in the arts. Examples of possible barriers are age, physical ability, health status, geography, or economic and socio-cultural barriers.
- Artists’ collectives partnering with a community organization to undertake a project or residency.

2) Community Arts Development (Up to $10,000)
This category provides assistance to arts organizations and artists’ collectives for projects that develop the discipline of Community Arts through the development of art practices, art forms and/or emerging artistic voices. For the project to be eligible, members of the arts organization or collective must define their community of practice and terms of engagement with one or more art forms.

- An arts organization or collective may seek to work with an artist who practices an ethnically specific, culturally diverse, or traditional art form, to increase their artistic skills, knowledge, range of creative expression and build a community of practice, with the aim to engage a broader community upon completion of the project.
- An artists’ collective that is part of a specific cultural community may seek to work with artists who have experience working with that community to create and present work in one or more artistic disciplines, with the aim to develop emerging or under-represented artistic voices of community members and/or address issues relevant to their community.
- An arts organization or collective may hold a community arts event, such as a multidisciplinary arts festival or event that celebrates a specific community. However, simply identifying as a community-based event does not of itself make the project eligible. The event must include participatory arts activities in which members of the community are engaged by Toronto-based professional artists.

Grants contribute to the direct costs associated with a community-based arts project, including artistic fees, production and technical costs, marketing and publicity costs, administrative costs, etc. Please note that artists’ fees are the highest priority; this program requires the payment of artists’ fees.

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.

- Arts Engagement: Up to $15,000
- Community Arts Development: Up to $10,000
- TAC Accessibility Grant: Up to $5,000

Project applications submitted to the August deadline must be for projects commencing after November 1. TAC does not fund retroactively. Projects that have commenced prior to the adjudication will not be considered. Projects must be completed within two years of the date of your grant notification.

To be eligible for Project funding, applicants must be incorporated nonprofit organizations or unincorporated collectives operating on a not-for-profit 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. 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.

Applicants must be located within the City of Toronto and the activity for which the grant is requested must occur within the City of Toronto.

This program does not fund arts-based research initiatives or arts enrichment programs for students.

The project for which funding is requested must include the collaborative involvement of professional artists with community members.

Funding cannot be used to support an organization’s ongoing staff or faculty salaries. This program does not support schools, tuition-funded training programs, curriculum-based programs, or research projects.

Please note that the funding priority in the Community Arts program is for fees and salaries to professional artists.

The Foundation does not fund:
- Organizations/collectives that receive Toronto Arts Council operating funding;
- 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;
- Individual artists.

First-time applicants must speak with program staff prior to submitting an application in order to confirm eligibility.

Application deadlines: February 1 and August 1, 2017

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

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

Apply online:

Andrew Suri, Community Arts Officer & Manager
Phone: 416-392-6802 x 213

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

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