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Animating Historic Sites

Grants to Toronto, Ontario Artists, Nonprofits, and
Collectives to Enliven and Enhance Toronto Historic Sites

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC) and City of Toronto Museum Services and Evergreen Brick Works

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06/17/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $30,000 to Toronto, Ontario artists, nonprofits, and collectives for arts projects that will benefit local historical sites. Applicants must speak with the grants officer, visit their proposed site, or attend an information session prior to submitting an application in order to confirm project eligibility and site feasibility.

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 heritage sites are Scarborough Museum, Spadina Museum, Gibson House Museum, Montgomery's Inn, Todmorden Mills and Zion Schoolhouse, four of which are located outside the downtown core. Projects may also take place at Evergreen Brick Works.

Applicants may apply in one of two grant categories:

1) Exploration Grants (up to $5,000)
This category provides the opportunity to undertake exploratory research at one of the selected historic sites. Grant recipients will have the opportunity to investigate the site, explore its surrounding landscape and research the local community. Exploration grants are intended to provide the opportunity for applicants to plan and develop a site-specific project, collaboration or intervention for next year’s application process.

2) Programming Grants (up to $30,000)
This category provides the opportunity to create and deliver site-specific programming at one of the selected sites. Programming may include exhibitions, installations, performances, community-engaged activities and other artistic programming for a minimum duration of three weeks. All programming must be free and open to the public.

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 172526

Estimated Size of Grant:

Exploration grants: Maximum grant in this category is $5,000

Programming grants: Maximum grant in this category is $30,000. Administrative costs may not exceed 10% of total budget.

Accessibility grant: Additional grant with a maximum of $5,000

Term of Contract:

All projects must be completed in the 2020 calendar year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- This program is open to professional, independent curators, producers and presenters and the applicants may be individual artists or nonprofit arts organizations or collectives. Experience working with local communities is an asset. Payment of artists’ fees is a requirement.

- 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 be part of an organization or collective applying in the same competition.

- 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 Services or Evergreen.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to individuals and organizations and collectives can be found at the URL for Full Text (RFP) below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All artists applying for the Animating Historic Sites grants program are required to visit the historic site and speak to the site curator or liaison about the proposed project before submitting an application.

Date and time: Monday, May 14, 2017, 4:30 – 6pm
Location: Toronto Arts Council, 26 Grand Trunk Crescent, Suite 200

Date and time: Monday, May 16, 2017, 10am - noon
Location: Toronto Arts Council, 26 Grand Trunk Crescent, Suite 200

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants for City museums are required to visit their proposed site, and discuss their project with designated site staff prior to submitting their application in order to confirm project eligibility and site feasibility. See the Program Guidelines in Supporting Documents below for contact information on each site.

Applications are due June 17, 2019.

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.


Contact Information:

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

Online Application:

For further information on this program, contact Strategic Programs Manager Erika Hennebury at:
Toronto Arts Council
200-26 Grand Trunk Crescent
Toronto, ON M5J 3A9

416-392-6802 ext. 219

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Canada: Ontario