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Indigenous Arts Project Grant

Grants to Ontario Artists, Collectives, and
Organizations for Art Works and Programs in Toronto

GrantWatch ID#: 174350
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 Ontario Indigenous artists, collectives, and organizations to support the creation and exhibition of high-quality Indigenous art in Toronto. Projects may be multi-disciplinary and should contribute to the cultural and historical significance of the City.

For the purpose of this program, “Indigenous” is defined as a Canadian Aboriginal person who self-defines as First Nations (Status or Non-status), Métis, or Inuit.

Applicants may apply in one of three categories:

1. Creation:
This category supports artistic creation in any artistic discipline, including research and development, film and media production, and commissions. The maximum grant in this category is $10,000.

Eligible expenses include:
- Fees paid to collaborators and creative resources;
- Fees for mentors and elders;
- Studio costs, materials and production elements that are essential to creation.

2. Exhibition, Presentation and Dissemination:
This category supports the exhibition, presentation and dissemination of Indigenous artistic work in any artistic discipline. The maximum grant in this category is $15,000.

Eligible expenses include:
- Artistic, presentation, exhibition and administrative fees and costs, including installation, rehearsal, venue and production costs (not including film production).
- Dissemination costs including publicity, marketing, and outreach.

3. Indigenous Arts Sector Development:
This category supports projects that develop and advance the practice of Indigenous arts and Indigenous artists in Toronto. Projects can include:
- Workshops and conferences;
- Events designed to further develop or expand Indigenous arts practices;
- The development of toolkits and resources to support Indigenous arts practices.

Development projects must benefit a group of Indigenous arts professionals; individual professional development projects are not eligible. Individuals are not eligible applicants in this category; the applicant must be an organization or collective. The maximum grant in this category is $10,000.

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.

Indigenous Arts Sector Development and Creation: Up to $10,000
Exhibition, Presentation and Dissemination: Up to $15,000
TAC Accessibility Grant: Up to an additional $5,000

Projects must be completed within two years of the date of your grant notification letter.

Individuals:

- Individuals must identify as Indigenous (Status or Non-Status First Nations, Métis, or Inuit)

- 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 eight months a year. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet the residency requirement.

- Applicants 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 discuss with Grants Officer in advance.

- Individuals may receive one TAC Discipline project grant, including Indigenous Project grants, per calendar year. 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.

- Individuals must submit any outstanding final reports for previously-awarded TAC grants before applying to Indigenous Arts Projects.

Organizations or Collectives:
- Organizations and collectives must be incorporated non-profit organizations or unincorporated collectives which operate on a non-profit basis;

- Organizations and collectives must be located in the City of Toronto. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet this requirement;

- Organizations and collectives may receive only one TAC Arts Discipline project grant, including Indigenous Arts Project grants, per calendar year. 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.

- Organizations and collectives must submit any outstanding final reports for previously-awarded TAC grants before applying to Indigenous Arts Projects.

Collectives are 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 and Indigenous. For collectives of more than two artists, the majority of members must be City of Toronto residents and Indigenous.

Organizations must be:
- Artistically and financially controlled by an Indigenous person, as defined above;
- 51% majority of Indigenous members on Board of Directors;
- 51% majority of Indigenous members on Board Executive.

The following are not eligible to apply to this program:
- Non-Indigenous artists, organizations, and collectives;
- Organizations and collectives that receive Operating funding from TAC;
- 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. Projects dependent on TAC funding should take place after notification of grant results.

Application Deadlines: February 15 and August 1, 2017

Programs are open to receive applications two to three months before the submission deadline.

TAC will not fund 100% of a project, except in the Creation category. Applicants to the Exhibition, Presentation and Dissemination and Indigenous Arts Sector Development categories must indicate a range of revenue sources, which may include donated goods and services.

Grant system guidelines: http://www.torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/discover-tac-grants/online-application/tips-for-first-time-users

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

Apply online: http://www.torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/discover-tac-grants/online-application

Isidra Cruz, Indigenous Arts Officer
isidra@torontoartscouncil.org
416-392-6800

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

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