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TAC-FCAD Digital Solutions Incubator

Opportunity for Toronto, Ontario Arts Nonprofits to Participate in an
Intensive Program to Develop Solutions to Organizational Challenges

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC) and Ryerson University - Faculty of Communications and Design (FCAD)

Deadline Date:

04/16/19 11:59 PM


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Opportunity for Toronto, Ontario arts nonprofits and collectives to participate in an incubator program to develop technological solutions to organizational challenges. Applicants must speak to Foundation staff prior to submitting an application. Funding of $15,000 is intended to cover project related leads as well as materials and expenses.

The TAC-FCAD DSI funds an 8-month experience between September and April. The program is divided into two stages, corresponding with academic semesters.

First Stage: From September to December, successful applicant organizations will work 10-15 hours a month, meeting weekly with a team of Ryerson Design Solutions Super Course 1 students to address their identified problem, with the aim of creating a prototype of the proposed solution. The prototype will be shared with the wider community during a “demo day” at FCAD which the whole team will attend.

Second Stage: From January to April, successful applicant organizations will continue on in one of two ways:
1) Design Solutions Super Course 2: Teams selected to continue with Super Course 2 will have a
chance to further develop their prototype with FCAD students.
2) Self-directed: Teams may be asked to continue development of their prototype with a partner of their
choosing or on their own, independent of Ryerson FCAD.

The TAC-FCAD Digital Solutions Incubator aims to:

-Address organizational challenges within the arts sector using digital-enabled approaches.
-Facilitate creative, collaborative and unexpected solutions with the potential to benefit the arts sector as a whole.
-Provide arts organizations and collectives access to design and technological expertise.
-Enhance organizational capacity in the arts sector around digital technology.

The goal is to address a significant organizational challenge through digital technologies and creative design skills, in whatever form is appropriate. The Foundation is seeking to foster innovative ideas for the creation of new capacity within Toronto arts organizations and collectives.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185395

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant amount is $15,000. As a guideline, please plan for approximately $10,000 in fees for the project leads and $5,000 for any materials and expenses related directly to the project.

Term of Contract:

Projects will take place between September 2019 and April 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

-Be located in the City of Toronto;
-Be an incorporated non-profit arts organization or a non-profit arts collective (individuals are not eligible for this program). 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.
-Have a strong track record of arts activity.

The following activity is not eligible for funding through this program:
-Activities included in TAC operating grants
-Activities included in TAC project grants
-Capital projects or expenses
-Renovations or repairs
-Research or feasibility studies
-Projects previously funded through another TAC project grant

The goal of this program is not to develop company websites, digital content or build digital communications plans for the applicant organizations.

This grant is not intended to fund office computers, production equipment or any general operating expenses.

Applicants may receive a grant through the TAC-FCAD Digital Solutions Incubator only once every two years.

If Ryerson faculty or staff (full or part-time) are employed by/members of your organization or collective, you are not eligible to apply.

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 officer in advance of submitting an application.

Projects involving Deaf artists and artists with disabilities may apply for an additional TAC grant by completing the Accessibility Expenses section of the Stage Two application. A TAC Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000 towards accessibility costs incurred during the project for artists involved with the project. Accessibility costs include but are not limited to: ASL interpretation, audio description, closed captioning, communications assistants, and attendant care.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: April 16, 2019

Applicants are required to speak to Rupal Shah, Strategic Programs Manager, before submitting an application. Please contact Rupal to schedule an appointment to discuss your proposal.

-Programs are open to receive applications two to three months before the submission deadline.
-Applications remain available until 11:59:59 PM of the published deadline date.
-TAC does not accept applications by any other means of delivery. You will receive a confirmation email when your application is submitted.
-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.

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

To register and apply online:

For further information on this program, please contact Rupal Shah, Strategic Programs Manager at:
Toronto Arts Council
200-26 Grand Trunk Crescent
Toronto, Ontario M5J 3A9
416.392.6802 x209

Grant Coverage Areas:

The City of Toronto

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario