Grant Programs

Toronto Arts Council provides grants to outstanding artists and arts organizations that contribute to the cultural life of the City of Toronto.

  • Canadian Children's Opera Chorus
  • Bollywood Kids, Inner City Angels
    Inner City Angels, Bollywood Kids
  • Minotaur at Young People’s Theatre (2014); Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann
  • stone leaf shell skin (2014). Choreography: Peggy Baker.
  • Toronto Chamber Choir
  • Craft Ontario - The Jeff Goodwin Exhibit
  • Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company

TAC is committed to artistic excellence, innovation, and accessibility, and supports a wide spectrum of artistic endeavours and a range of activity that makes the City of Toronto one of the leading cultural centres in Canada. Through its support, TAC cultivates a richer engagement between artists and audiences and reflects the City of Toronto through the diversity of artists, arts communities and audiences that it serves. The City of Toronto provides the funding for TAC grant programs through its Community Partnership and Investment Program

Since 2012, TAC has received a 60% increase to its grants budget, as a result of continued advocacy work in partnership with the arts community.  In response to this increased investment from the City, TAC undertook a city-wide consultation process in 2013 that supported the following key objectives:

Arts Discipline Funding

  • Growth & Sustainability:  Begin to address major funding inequities in the operating program, and address the funding gaps in the projects and individual programs as a result of approved City Council policies and recommendations, some dating back to 2003.

Strategic Initiatives Funding

  • Community Connections: Enhance support for community engaged arts initiatives with a focus on youth arts and expanded audience access in diverse communities and outside the downtown core.
  • Innovation & Partnership: Lead change through targeted funds, develop and encourage partnerships, leverage timely opportunities, and encourage and be responsive to innovation.


TAC Impact

Toronto Arts Council values artistic excellence, community development, collaboration, diversity and innovation. Funds granted through TAC contribute to the growth of Toronto as a creative city. See below for facts and figures showing the impact of TAC's grants programs.