Animating Toronto Parks

The deadline for projects in the summer of 2017 was December 1, 2016. The deadline for 2018 summer projects will be announced later in 2017.

Dancers perform African dance on the grass in a park
Lua Shayenne and Company at Flemingdon Park (2016). Photo by Sean Howard

For questions about this program, contact Erika Hennebury, Grants Officer, Strategic Programs 


OVERVIEW

Animating Toronto Parks is a component of the Arts in the Parks initiative which is managed by Toronto Arts Foundation and Toronto Arts Council in partnership with City of Toronto Arts & Culture ServicesParks, Forestry and Recreation and community partner Park People


PURPOSE

Now in its second year, Toronto Arts Council’s Animating Toronto Parks grants program provides funding to professional artists, organizations and collectives to support free arts programming in selected Toronto parks. For the purposes of this program, “arts programming” includes the presentation of dance, literary arts, music, theatre, visual arts and media arts, community-engaged arts and any combination of the above. Animating Toronto Parks is a component of the Arts in the Parks initiative which is managed by Toronto Arts Foundation and Toronto Arts Council (TAC) in partnership with City of Toronto Arts & Culture Services, Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PF&R) and community partner Park People.


APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be professional artists* or not-for-profit organizations or collectives operating on a not-for-profit basis. The payment of artists’ fees is a requirement of this program. Funding cannot be used to support an organization’s ongoing staff or faculty salaries. (* 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 field; actively practices his or her art; seeks payment for her/his work; and has a history of two or more years of public presentation or exhibition.)

A collective is defined as a group of 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. Grant cheques are always payable to the applicant name, and if the applicant is a collective, the cheque will be payable to the collective name, not to an individual member of the collective. Therefore, collectives must establish a bank account in the same name used in the application.

Not-for-profit organizations that are not arts-based are eligible to apply. Projects must include the collaborative involvement of professional artists with community members and payment of artist fees.

You may not apply as an individual and as a member of an organization or collective in the same competition.

TAC has two distinct funding envelopes: 1) Arts Discipline funding (e.g. discipline-specific project grants and operating grants) and 2) Strategic funding (e.g. Animating Historic Sites, Animating Toronto Parks, Artists in the Library, etc.). Applicants are eligible to receive only one grant from each funding envelope per calendar year. Applications to the Strategic Initiatives – Animating Toronto Parks program fall within the Strategic Funding envelope.

Applicants are not eligible if they have an outstanding final report in any other program within the Strategic funding envelope (e.g. Animating Historic Sites, Animating Toronto Parks, Artists in the Library, etc.)

All applicants are required to speak to Grants Officer Erika Hennebury prior to completing an application in order to confirm project eligibility (see mandatory pre-submission requirement).

Successful applicants must be available in the months between notification and project implementation (February to May) to confirm permitting details, programming information, and to deliver marketing materials as required. Onsite visits and meetings will be required

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. If requested, you must be able to provide documentation to verify this.  (Grant recipients must have a Social Insurance Number.)
  • 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.
  • Artists must have a history of two or more years of professional arts practice experience.

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 organizations or unincorporated 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.
  • All members of an organization or collective must have a history of two or more years of professional arts practice experience.
  • Organizations and collectives must be located in the City of Toronto. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet this requirement.

TAC-funded organizations already programming in local parks:

  • If an organization is already funded by TAC through an Arts Discipline program (project or operating) for programming in a park that is not on the list of selected parks for this program, the organization may apply to Animating Toronto Parks for funding to reproduce their work in a park or multiple parks on the selected list.
  • TAC-funded organizations funded through Arts Discipline programs may be eligible for reimbursement of their special events permit fees for parks that are not park of the Animating Toronto Parks program. Contact the Grants Officer for information.

The following are not eligible to apply to this program:

  • Undergraduate students.
  • Commercial businesses and for-profit organizations.*

* These organizations may be eligible to include their events under the larger Arts in the Parks banner and receive promotion and signage. Contact the Grants Officer for information.


MANDATORY PRE-SUBMISSION REQUIREMENT

All applicants are required to speak with Grants Officer Erika Hennebury prior to submitting an application, in order to confirm project eligibility. Please allow adequate time for a conversation (minimum one week prior to application). You will be required to enter the date of the conversation in your grant application.


PROJECT ELIGIBILITY

Applicants may apply in one of two categories. 

  1. Short-term projects: This category provides funding for projects such as festivals, performances, concerts, screenings, etc. These projects generally have activity in the park for a shorter period of time, usually less than a week. Maximum grant in this category is $15,000. 
  2. Larger-scale projects: This category provides funding for larger-scale projects that have activity in the park over a longer period of time, such as community-engaged creation residencies and multi-week performance programs, or for projects that take place in multiple parks. Maximum grant in this category is $25,000.  

Activity must be free and open to the general public / all persons in the park. Donations or other fees may not be solicited as part of the Animating Toronto Parks program.

Activity in the park may only take place between June 15 and September 30, 2017. (The date range for your complete project, including both offsite activity and park activity, can start no earlier than January 30 and end no later than October 13, 2017.)


VALUE OF GRANT

Maximum grants available vary according to category.

  • Short-term projects – maximum grant is $15,000
  • Larger-scale projects - maximum grant is $25,000.

Grants awarded may be less than the full amount requested.  Applicants are not required to secure other sources of funding.

 


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