Dance Project Grants
Application Deadlines: February 15 and August 1, 2018
For questions about this program, contact Catalina Fellay-Dunbar, Dance Officer.
Toronto Arts Council’s Dance Projects program provides funding to professional dance artists, organizations and collectives for the creation, production and presentation of dance works, and other projects that support the development of professional dance in Toronto. The program recognizes a diversity of dance practices. The City of Toronto provides the funding for this program through its Community Partnership and Investment Program.
If you are a first-time applicant, or if you have any questions about your eligibility or the eligibility of your project, please contact the Dance Officer.
To be eligible to apply to Dance Projects, applicants must be professional dance artists, or professional not-for-profit dance organizations or collectives. The payment of artists’ fees is a requirement in this program.
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 tradition; actively practices his or her art; seeks payment for her/his work; and has a history of public presentation.
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.
You may not apply as an individual and an organization or collective for the same project in the same competition. If you are one of the members of an applicant collective, you may also apply as an individual for an unrelated project in the same competition.
The project for which the funding is requested must take place in the City of Toronto.
Eligibility criteria specific to Individuals
If the applicant is an individual artist, the following eligibility criteria apply:
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.
- The majority of the members of an organization or collective must have completed at least one year of independent dance practice.
- 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 grant per calendar year through the Dance program and may not apply to other TAC discipline programs. 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. Organizations and collectives that receive a Dance Project grant may receive a maximum of one additional grant per calendar year and may not have more than two outstanding project reports at any time.
- This program is not intended to support an organization or collective’s ongoing activities. For information about Annual Operating funding, please contact TAC’s Dance Officer.
The following are not eligible to apply to this program:
- Choreographers who direct dance organizations that receive Operating funding from TAC;
- Organizations or collectives that receive Operating funding from TAC;
- Dance studios and schools;
- Schools that are part of Ontario’s public or private education system;
- Educational and religious institutions, unless there is a clear separation in both programming and budget between their regular activities and their arts activities.
- Undergraduate students.
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.
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