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Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship

Grants to Ontario Immigrant Artists in Eligible Regions
for Artistic Guidance and Career Development

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

Deadline Date:

06/15/21 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of $10,000 to Ontario individual immigrant artists in eligible regions for artistic guidance in a range of disciplines. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to provide career development assistance to professional artists who are new to the area. The goal of the program is to support the integration and inclusion of newcomer and refugee artists in Toronto, and to offer newcomer and refugee artists the opportunity to be mentored in their chosen arts discipline.

A newcomer is defined as an immigrant or refugee who has lived in Canada for less than 7 years; a refugee is a person who was forced to leave their home country and is now located in Canada. The mentorship application is submitted by the newcomer artist with the mentor as the co-applicant. Both the applicant and the mentor must identify as professional artists.

A professional artist is:

  • Someone who has developed their artistic skills through training and/or practice; 
  • Recognized as a professional by other artists working in the same artistic tradition; 
  • Actively practices his or her art;
  • Seeks payment for her/his work, and would spend more time on their artistic activity if financially feasible; 
  • Has a history of public presentation, publication and/or production.

TAC is committed to equity and inclusion. The Council welcomes and encourages applications from all Toronto artists, including but not limited to: 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185099

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total grant is $10,000.
- $5,000 is paid directly to the newcomer or refugee artist
- $5,000 is paid directly to the mentor.

Term of Contract:

Mentorships may not start before October 1st. All mentorship activities must be completed by September
30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility: Newcomer and/or Refugee Artist
- Professional artists working in any artistic tradition (see definition above)
- 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 2 eligibility with the Program Manager in advance of submitting an application.
- Applicants must be residents of the City of Toronto
- Applicants must have arrived in Canada after January 1, 2014
- Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status or be a Protected Person (approved refugee claimant) and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.
- Applicants must have a SIN (Social Insurance Number)
- Past recipients of this grant program cannot apply.
- Undergraduate students cannot apply.
- Professional artists pursuing graduate studies may not apply for work related to their program of study. A letter from the graduate program director specifying that the project is not related to the graduate student’s program of studies must be submitted with the application.

Eligibility: Mentor Artist
- Professional artists working in any artistic tradition (see definition above)
- Professional arts workers including arts managers, curators and producers working in any artistic tradition - Applicants must be residents of the City of Toronto, living in Toronto for at least 1 year prior to the deadline and live and work in Toronto for at least 8 months of the year.
- Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status or be a Protected Person (approved refugee claimant) and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.
- Applicants must have a SIN (Social Insurance Number)
- Undergraduate students cannot apply.
- Professional artists pursuing graduate studies may not apply for work related to their program of study. A letter from the graduate program director specifying that the project is not related to the graduate student’s program of studies must be submitted with the application.
- Mentors may only be listed as a co-applicant on one Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship grant per year

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: June 15, 2021 by 11:59 PM

If you are a newcomer or refugee artist and you need help finding a mentor or accessing translation services, please contact Liza Mattimore, Strategic Programs Manager by May 15, 2021.

Both the Applicant (Newcomer and/or Refugee Artist) and Co-Applicant (Mentor) must be registered as an Individual Applicant in TAC Grants Online. Neither applicant may use an e-mail address already in use as an organization or collective contact.

Applicants register and submit the application through 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.

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.

Support material is important to the assessment process. All applicants are required to submit examples of their recent artistic work that are relevant to the mentorship. At least one example should be from the past two years. Support material from mentors is optional, but encouraged.

TAC will send you an email when the results are available and you will log in to TAC Grants Online to receive the results. Notification will be received within two months of the deadline date.

Application information: https://torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/discover-tac-grants/online-application

Tips and Resources: https://torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/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.

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

Liza Mattimore, Strategic Programs Manager
416.392.6802 x231
liza@torontoartscouncil.org.

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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