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Grants to Ontario Professional Artists, Arts Nonprofits, and Collectives
to Connect the Public to Local Historic Sites in Eligible Regions

Animating Historic Sites

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC), Toronto History Museums and Evergreen Brick Works

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07/05/22 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $30,000 to Ontario artists, arts professionals, nonprofit arts organizations, and arts collectives for projects to connect the public to local historic sites in eligible locations. Funding is intended for artists in any artistic discipline. Eligible historic sites are located within the City of Toronto.

Toronto Arts Council is partnering with City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services and Evergreen Brick Works on an initiative intended to create opportunities for Toronto artists to animate selected historic sites within the City of Toronto located outside of the downtown core. The goals of the program are to serve as a catalyst for people to see and think about historic places differently, and to provide alternative methods of historic interpretation. This program envisions historic sites as “living museums” – vital public spaces of social interaction, where the past provides creative context for the future.

The Animating Historic Sites program provides funding to professional artists, arts organizations and collectives working in any artistic discipline (i.e.: theatre, dance, music, visual arts, media arts, communityengaged arts, Indigenous arts, disability arts, arts education, etc) to undertake free site-specific programming or an artist residency that respond to or interprets the selected site or museum.

This grant may cover up to 100% of project costs, including artist fees, equipment rental, materials, insurance and other residency and programming costs. Please note: while the intention for 2023 projects is to take place onsite and in person, any public programming must be in compliance with public health guidelines of the day. They can take place indoors, outdoors and/or digitally.

TAC has two distinct funding envelopes. Applicants may be eligible to apply for one grant in each category per year, so long as they have no incomplete projects or outstanding final reports. The two funding envelopes include:

  1. Arts Discipline: project and operating grants in dance, visual arts, theatre, etc.
  2. Strategic Programs: Artists in the Library, Open Door, etc.

You may apply in one of two categories described below:

Artist Residency: This grant category provides artists, collectives and arts organizations the opportunity to undertake a residency at Scarborough Museum, Montgomery’s Inn, or Evergreen Brick Works. Grant recipients will have the opportunity to conduct artistic research, investigate the site and its exhibits and archives, explore its surrounding landscape, historical and environmental context, and engage with the local community, and create new work. Artist Residencies are designed by the applicant, in consultation with the site or museum, and are intended to provide the opportunity for artists, collectives and arts organizations to undertake artistic research, engage local communities, and create new site-responsive work in collaboration with the site or museum. Emphasis for this category is on artistic research and creation of new work.

Programming: This grant category provides the opportunity to create and deliver free site-specific programming at Gibson House, Montgomery’s Inn, Spadina Museum, Scarborough Museum, Todmorden Mills, or Evergreen Brick Works. Programming may include activities such as: exhibitions, installations, performances, screenings, community-engaged arts activities, and other arts programming. Permanent exhibitions are not eligible. Emphasis for this category is on presentation of public programming.

For more information on the above locations, see:

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. 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#: 172526

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant in each category is $30,000
TAC Accessibility Grant - up to a maximum of $5,000.

Term of Contract:

All projects must be completed in the 2023 calendar year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- This grant program is open to professional artists, not-for-profit arts organizations or artist collectives operating on a not-for-profit basis.
- 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 or exhibition.
- TAC recognizes that due to systemic barriers within the broader arts community (e.g., limited mainstream presentation opportunities for artists from equity-seeking communities) 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 applying.
- You may not apply as an individual and as a member of an organization or collective.
- You may not apply as an individual or as part of an organization if you are employed (full or part time) by City of Toronto Museum & Heritage Services or Evergreen.

TAC is committed to equity and inclusion and welcomes applications from diverse cultural and geographic communities within the City of Toronto. Specific equity measures or targeted programs are in place to ensure full access and participation by Indigenous artists, artists of colour, artists who are Deaf, have disabilities or are living with mental illness, artists who self-identify as 2SLGBTQIAP, newcomer and refugee artists, young and emerging artists and artists working outside the downtown core.

For Eligibility criteria specific to Individuals and Eligibility criteria specific to Organizations and Collectives, see:

To see what the program does not fund, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

For Toronto History Museums: please register for the Program Information Session on June 7th from 1-3pm to learn more about each of the available museums.

Contact information for each of the museums can be found in Appendix A of the program guidelines. Applicants may also submit their 500-word project overview along with any questions by email to their museum/site representative to request feedback (either by phone or email) at least three weeks in advance of the deadline. Museum/site staff may be able to respond and offer some feedback on the feasibility and suitability of proposed projects, as well as offer other helpful comments, depending on availability and timing.

For Evergreen Brick Works: please register for the Program Information Session on June 7th from 1-3pm (see TAC website for updates and registration details) to learn more about the Brick Works.

Representatives from Evergreen will be present to provide information on the Brick Works site, context and programming, and to answer questions. EBW staff will also be available to answer questions during the Zoom Drop-in session in the last week of June (details TBA, check the website for the updates). Any additional questions can be directed to the TAC program manager.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: July 5, 2022, no later than 11:59 PM.

Applicants are required to register and submit the application, including the required support material, on
TAC Grants Online. TAC does not accept applications by any other means of delivery. You will receive a confirmation email when your application is submitted.

New applicants to the program are encouraged to speak with the Program Manager prior to submitting an

All applicants are required to submit examples (video, images, audio, and/or printed) of key project participants’ recent work that are relevant to the project.

For project requirements, see:

Notification: Applicants will be notified by email when the results are available, and will be able to log in to TAC Grants Online to receive their results. Notification will be received within three months of the deadline date. Results are not released over the telephone.

Grant recipients will be required to attend an Animating Historic Sites Orientation Session in January 2023 (date TBA).

Applicants who are Deaf or have a disability and need support to complete their grant applications can apply for funds to cover the costs of assistance from Application Support Service Providers. Up to $500 is available per eligible applicant in each calendar year. Please contact your Grant Program Manager at least six weeks before the grant program deadline to determine eligibility, request application support funding, and to review the process for payment to be made to your Service Provider. Requests for application support require approval from the Grant Program Manager.

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

TAC Grants Online Application System:

For more information please contact Lena Golubtsova, Strategic Programs Manager: 416-392-6802 x 219 or

Toronto Arts Council
200-26 Grand Trunk Crescent
Toronto, ON M5J 3A9
416-392-6802 ext. 219

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