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Grants to Ontario Nonprofits and Artists to Increase Access
to the Arts for Underserved Populations in Eligible Regions

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC) and Toronto Public Library (TPL)

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Deadline Date:

09/15/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of $10,000 to Ontario nonprofit arts organizations, artists, and collectives in eligible locations to support collaborative public arts programs. Funding is intended to increase access to the arts for underserved populations. The purpose of this program is to support community-engaged artist residencies in selected branches of the Toronto Public Library in Etobicoke, York, North York, East York, and Scarborough.

Resident artists will have the opportunity to create and deliver free public arts programming, explore their art practice in a community setting, explore the branch and engage with its surrounding community, undertake collaborative artistic research or creation, and present work to the local community. Grant recipients may undertake artistic research, participatory programs, community-engaged projects, visual and media arts installations, screenings and exhibitions, workshops, artist-talks, open studio sessions, arts education programs, mentorship opportunities, performances, and other public arts activities.

TAC is committed to equity and inclusion. TAC welcomes and encourages applications from all Toronto artists, arts organizations and artist collectives. Specific equity measures or targeted programs are in place to ensure full access and participation by Indigenous artists, artists of color, 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.

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).

Grant funds include all artist fees, materials, equipment rental, insurance, and any other project expenses associated with the project. Payment of professional artist fees is a requirement of this program. For additional information on artist fees, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172829

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The grant amount is $10,000.
- A TAC Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000 towards accessibility costs for artists incurred during the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be professional artists or professional not-for-profit arts organizations or collectives. Experience working with communities or children and youth is an asset.

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.

Eligibility criteria specific to Individuals:
If the applicant is an individual artist, the following eligibility criteria apply:
- Individuals must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents or have an application pending for Permanent Resident Status or be a Protected Person (approved refugee claimant). 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.
- Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply to this program.
- 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.

Eligibility criteria specific to Organizations and Collectives:
If the applicant is an organization or a collective, the following eligibility criteria apply:
- Organizations and collectives must be incorporated non-profit arts organizations or unincorporated arts collectives which operate on a non-profit 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.
- Organizations and collectives must be located in the City of Toronto. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet this requirement.
- Collectives must be prepared to submit bank account information (in the name of the collective as listed in the application) if the application is successful

Eligible Branches:
1) Agincourt (Scarborough)
2) Albion (Etobicoke)
3) Albert Campbell (Scarborough)
4) Cedarbrae (Scarborough)
5) Downsview (North York)
6) Fairview (North York)
7) Maria A. Shchuka (North York)
8) New Toronto (Etobicoke)
9) Oakwood (North York/Midtown)
10) Richview (North York)
11) York Woods (North York)

For a list of what the program does not fund, see:

Permanent artwork is not eligible for funding through this residency program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information session: Toronto Arts Council will host an Artists in the Library information session on Tuesday, August 10, at 1-2:30pm via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent to all registrants in advance of the session. ASL interpretation will be provided.

Please register here:

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: September 15, 2021 for residencies taking place in 2022.

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on the deadline date.

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

All applicants to the program are encouraged to speak with the Program Manager prior to submitting an application. Please contact the Program Manager at least two weeks in advance of the deadline.

Applicants are eligible to receive only one TAC grant per funding envelope per calendar year. See:

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. For additional information please visit:

Tips and Resources:

Contact Information:

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

Register and submit applications at

Erika Hennebury, Strategic Programs Manager
416-392-6802 x219

Toronto Arts Council
26 Grand Trunk Crescent, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario M5J 3A9
Phone: 416-392-6800
Fax: 416-392-6920

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario: City of Toronto: Etobicoke, York, North York, East York, and Scarborough;

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