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Dance Projects Grant

Grants to Toronto, Ontario Dance Artists and Nonprofit
Dance Organizations and Collectives for Dance Projects

GrantWatch ID#: 172512
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Foundation / Corporation

Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

08/01/17 11:59 PM

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Toronto, Ontario professional dance artists and nonprofit dance organizations and collectives for dance projects and other activities promoting dance in Toronto. First-time applicants and those unsure of eligibility should contact the program officer prior to applying.

Funding will be provided for the creation, production and presentation of dance works and to promote professional dance within the City. The program recognizes a diversity of dance practices.

Applicants may apply in one of four categories:

1. Creation:

This category supports choreographic creation, including research and development, and commissions. Some form of presentation (e.g., in-studio, with invited peers or public) must be included as part of the process. If you create your work in stages, you may apply for funding for different stages of creation, but note that you can only receive one grant in a calendar year from this program.

Eligible expenses include:
- Fees paid to choreographers, dancers, and creative resources such as a musical composer, outside eye, mentor, elder, dramaturge, etc.
- Studio costs and production elements that are essential to the choreography.

2. Production and Presentation:

This category supports the rehearsal, production and presentation of live dance.

Eligible expenses include:
- Artistic, production and administrative fees and costs, including rehearsal, venue, publicity, marketing and outreach.

3. Dance Series and Festivals:

This category supports dance series and festivals that present Toronto choreographers, dance artists and dance companies.

Eligible expenses include:
- Artists’ engagement fees, production and administrative fees and costs, including publicity, marketing and outreach.

4. Dance Field Development::

This category supports projects that develop and advance the practice of professional dance in Toronto. Projects can include: short-term dance technique or choreographic workshops, laboratories, etc.; and events designed to further develop or expand a specific dance technique, practice, or movement style. Development projects must benefit a group of dance professionals; individual professional development projects are not eligible. Individuals are not eligible applicants in this category; the applicant must be an organization or collective.

Eligible expenses include:
- Artistic, production and administrative fees and costs, including venue, publicity, marketing and outreach.

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.

- Creation: Up to $8,000
- Production/Presentation: Up to $15,000
- Dance Series and Festivals: Up to $10,000
- Dance Field Development: Up to $8,000

A TAC Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000 towards accessibility costs for artists incurred during the project.

Applications submitted to the February deadline should be for projects taking place after June 1; applications submitted to the August deadline should be for projects taking place after November 1. Projects must be completed within two years of the date of your grant notification letter.

Applicants must be professional dance artists, or professional nonprofit dance organizations or collectives. The payment of artists’ fees is a requirement in this program.

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 her/his work; and has a history of public presentation.

You may not apply as an individual and an organization or collective for the same project in the same competition. If you are one of the members of an applicant collective, you may also apply as an individual for an unrelated project in the same competition.

The project for which the funding is requested must take place in the City of Toronto.

If the applicant is an individual artist, the following eligibility criteria apply:

- Individuals must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents (Landed Immigrants) or have an application pending for Permanent Resident Status. If requested, you must be able to provide documentation to verify this.
- Individuals must have been a resident of the City of Toronto for at least one year prior to the deadline, and live and work in Toronto for at least 8 months a year. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet the residency requirement. Note: Temporary absences of up to one year may be considered, subject to written explanation and special permission. Please contact TAC’s Dance Officer.
- Choreographers must have completed at least one year of independent dance practice and a minimum of three publicly presented pieces, excluding student presentations.
- Professional artists who are pursuing a graduate degree may not apply for work related to their thesis. Note: A letter from the graduate program director confirming that the project is not related to the graduate student’s thesis may be required. Please contact TAC’s Dance Officer.
- Individuals may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Dance program and must submit a final report on their previous Dance project before submitting a new application to the program.
- Individuals who receive a Dance Project grant may receive a maximum of one additional TAC grant per calendar year and may not have more than two outstanding project reports at any one time.

If the applicant is an organization or a collective, the following eligibility criteria apply:

- Organizations and collectives must be incorporated nonprofit organizations or unincorporated collectives which operate on a nonprofit basis. A collective is defined as two or more artists working together under a group name, either on a single project (ad hoc) 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.
- The majority of the members of an organization or collective must have completed at least one year of independent dance practice.
- Organizations and collectives that receive a Dance Project grant may receive a maximum of one additional grant per calendar year and may not have more than two outstanding project reports at any time.
- This program is not intended to support an organization or collective’s ongoing activities. For information about Annual Operating funding, please contact TAC’s Dance Officer.

The following are not eligible to apply to this program:

- Choreographers who direct dance organizations that receive Operating funding from TAC;
- Organizations or collectives that receive Operating funding from TAC;
- Dance studios and schools;
- Schools that are part of Ontario’s public or private education system;
- Educational and religious institutions, unless there is a clear separation in both programming and budget between their regular activities and their arts activities.
- Undergraduate students.

The following expenses are not eligible for any grant:

- Ongoing operating costs, such as permanent staff salaries and general administration of an organization;
- Costs related to equipment purchase, capital projects (such as building purchase or renovation), fundraising activities, deficit reduction, film and video production, publishing and archiving projects, awards and award ceremonies, projects conceived for the creation of a film or for competitive purposes, art therapy;
- Any activities taking place outside of the City of Toronto (such as touring, travel, etc.).

Toronto Arts Council does not fund retroactively. Projects that have been completed before the adjudication are not eligible.

Application Deadlines: February 15 and August 1, 2017

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

If you are a first-time applicant, or if you have any questions about your eligibility or the eligibility of your project, please contact the Dance Officer.

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

Click here for more information about how to apply: http://www.torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/discover-tac-grants/online-application

Organizations and collectives may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Dance program and may not apply to other TAC discipline programs. 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. Organizations and collectives that receive a Dance Project grant may receive a maximum of one additional grant per calendar year and may not have more than two outstanding project reports at any time.

This program is not intended to support an organization or collective’s ongoing activities. For information about Annual Operating funding, please contact TAC’s Dance Officer.

TAC will not fund 100% of a project, except in the Creation category. Applicants to the Production/Presentation, Series/Festivals and Dance Field Development categories must indicate a range of revenue sources, which may include donated goods and services. Grants awarded may be less than the full amount requested.

How to apply: http://www.torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/online-application

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: https://tac.smartsimple.ca/s_Login.jsp

For questions about this program, contact Catalina Fellay-Dunbar, Dance Officer at 416-392-6802 x 224 or catalina@torontoartscouncil.org.

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