Animating Historic Sites

Toronto Arts Council’s Animating Historic Sites program provides funding to arts organizations, collectives or professional artists to re-imagine and animate selected Toronto museums and historic sites.

The silhouette of a dancer's head with the sky and a 'Todmorden' sign in the background.
Alias Dance Project animates Todmorden Mills. Choreographed by Hanna Kiel. Photo by Dave McKay (2017)

Application deadline: Monday, July 5, 2021

Program Information Session: Click here for a replay of the session

Q&A Drop-in: Friday, July 2, 1-2:30pm. Register here. TAC, along with Evergreen Brick works and City of Toronto Museum representatives will offer an informal drop in on Zoom. This drop-in is open to any AHS grant applicants in the final stages of grant writing who would like to ask any final questions about the museums or historic sites or who want to get some last-minute grant writing support. Closed captioning will be enabled on this zoom session. This session will not be recorded. Please contact the program manager to set up any additional access supports. One-on-one sessions can be arranged upon request.

For questions about this program, contact Erika Hennebury, Strategic Programs Manager.


The Animating Historic Sites program provides funding to professional artists, arts organizations and collectives working in any artistic discipline (i.e.: theatre, dance, music, visual arts, media arts, community-engaged arts, Indigenous arts, disability arts, arts education, etc) to undertake free site-specific programming or an artist residency that respond to or interprets the selected site or museum. This grant may cover up to 100% of project costs, including artist fees, equipment rental, materials, insurance and other residency and programming costs.

Please note: any public programming must take place in outdoor locations or digitally for projects in 2022 due to public health and safety protocols. All public programming must be free and open to the public.

You may apply in one of two categories described below.  The maximum grant in each category is $30,000:

  1. Artist Residency: This grant category provides artists, collectives and arts organizations the opportunity to undertake a residency at Scarborough Museum, Montgomery’s Inn, or Evergreen Brick Works. Grant recipients will have the opportunity to conduct artistic research, investigate the site and its exhibits and archives, explore its surrounding landscape, historical and environmental context, and engage with the local community, and create new work. Artist Residencies are designed by the applicant, in consultation with the site or museum, and are intended to provide the opportunity for artists, collectives and arts organizations to undertake artistic research, engage local communities, and create new site-responsive work in collaboration with the site or museum. Emphasis for this category is on artistic research and creation of new work. Please read the appendices for detailed site information, information on how to find out more about the museum/site and how to get feedback your proposed project.
  2. Programming: This grant category provides the opportunity to create and deliver free site-specific programming at Gibson House, Montgomery’s Inn, Spadina Museum, Scarborough Museum, or Todmorden Mills. Programming may include activities such as: exhibitions, installations, performances, screenings, community-engaged arts activities, and other arts programming. Permanent exhibitions are not eligible. Emphasis for this category is on presentation of public programming (outdoor and/or digital). Please read appendices for detailed museum information and information on how to contact the relevant museum representative to get feedback on your proposed project.


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, attendant care (including helpers for Elders), support workers and equipment rentals or other supports required to meet artists’ accessibility needs).


All projects must be completed in the 2022 calendar year.


This grant program is open to professional artists, not-for-profit arts organizations or artist collectives operating on a not-for-profit basis.

If you are a first-time applicant or have questions about your eligibility or your application, please contact the Strategic Programs Manager, Erika Hennebury at


Applicants are required to register and submit the application, including the required support material, on TAC Grants Online. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on the deadline date. TAC does not accept applications by any other means of delivery. You will receive a confirmation email when your application is submitted.  Check your spam/junk mail folder if it doesn’t arrive in your in-box.


Applicants who are Deaf or have a disability and need support to complete their grant applications can apply for funds to cover the costs of assistance from Application Support Service Providers. Up to $500 is available per eligible applicant in each calendar year. Please contact your Grant Program Manager at least six weeks before the grant program deadline to determine eligibility, request application support funding, and to review the process for payment to be made to your Service Provider. Requests for application support require approval from the Grant Program Manager.


To learn more about this program and the museums and historic sites, please register for the Program Information Session on June 8 (see details above).

Contact Strategic  Programs Manager Erika Hennebury:
416-392-6802 extension 219,

See grant guidelines for more detailed information.

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