For questions about this program, contact Kevin Reigh, Community Arts Officer
Through its Community Arts Program, Toronto Arts Council (TAC) provides Project funding to Toronto non-profit organizations and collectives to pursue one-time or time-limited community arts projects. The City of Toronto provides the funding for this program through its Community Partnership and Investment Program.
Art practiced at a community level creates a powerful sense of inclusion, understanding and the possibility of self-expression among participants. It can involve one or more art practices, such as music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and storytelling, but the collaborative involvement of professional artists1 with community members is a necessary component.
TAC contributes to the development of community arts in Toronto by supporting community-engaged arts activity that demonstrates vision and excellence. In addition to funding professional arts organizations and community groups engaged in community arts activities, TAC recognizes the vital contribution emerging arts organizations make to the cultural life of Toronto and provides funding opportunities to assist these groups to access professional artistic leadership.
TAC has a broad interpretation of the term “professional” that is not related to income but to an artist’s level of experience and commitment to one or more artistic disciplines.
A professional artist is someone who has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions), who is recognized as such by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition), who has a history of public presentation, publication and/or production and who is committed to devoting more time to her/his artistic activity if financially feasible.
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.
If you have any questions with regard to determining professional credentials for eligibility to this program, please contact the Community Arts Officer.
To be eligible for Project funding, applicants must be incorporated non-profit organizations or unincorporated collectives operating on a not-for-profit basis. A collective is defined as a group of two or more artists working together under a group name, either on a single project 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.
The project for which funding is requested must include the collaborative involvement of professional artists with community members.
First-time applicants to the Community Arts program must speak with the Community Arts Officer prior to submitting an application in order to confirm eligibility.
Funding cannot be used to support an organization’s ongoing staff or faculty salaries. This program does not support schools, tuition-funded training programs, curriculum-based programs, or research projects.
Please note that the funding priority in the Community Arts program is for fees and salaries to professional artists.
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. See the program guidelines and application for details.