Animating Toronto Parks

Grants of up to $25,000 are available to individual artists, arts collectives, and non-profit organizations to present arts programming in selected Toronto parks.

A dancer performing in a bright green Toronto park in the summer.
Little Pear Garden Dance Company presents The Colours of China in Chester Le Park. Photo by Josh Clavir (2017)

Application deadline: December 2, 2019 for projects taking place in 2020

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


ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Toronto Arts Council’s Animating Toronto Parks grants program provides funding to professional artists, organizations and artist collectives to create and present free arts programming in selected Toronto parks located outside of the downtown core. Participation in Arts in the Parks is a requirement of the program.

PURPOSE

Toronto Arts Council’s Animating Toronto Parks grants program provides funding to professional artists, organizations and artist collectives to create and present free arts programming in selected Toronto parks located outside the downtown core. For the purposes of this program, “arts programming” may include the presentation of dance, literary arts, music, theatre, visual arts and media arts, community-engaged arts and any combination of the above. Permanent installations will not be funded within this program. 

HOW TO APPLY

1. Read the grant program guidelines carefully. Ask yourself: Am I eligible for this grants program? Is this grants program a good fit for my park project?

2. Read the parks descriptions. Decide which park (or parks) you are interested in programming. Reach out to local park friends groups and community organizations to get input into your project design, to find out more about the park and community, and to create partnerships.

3. Read the grant application carefully. Make a list of the materials you will need to gather (i.e.: artist bios and CVs, support materials, etc).

4. Talk to the Program Manager about your project idea or attend an info session or grant-writing workshop. The Program Manager and Grants Assistants are here to support you!

5. Submit! Complete all of the required fields, upload all of the required materials and click “Submit” before the deadline (Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:59 pm).

Applicants may apply in one of two categories: 

Short-term projects: This category provides funding for short-term or smaller projects, such as a one-day to week-long festivals, short-run performances, concerts, screenings, etc. These projects generally feature activity in the park for a shorter period of time, usually less than a week. Maximum grant in this category is $15,000.

Larger-scale projects: This category provides funding for larger-scale and long-term projects that feature activity in the park and engage community over a longer period of time, such as park residencies and multi-week performance programs. Maximum grant in this category is $25,000

NEW THIS YEAR: Winter Projects

A limited number of winter projects will be considered for 2020/2021. Projects must take place between December 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. All applicants for winter projects must speak to the Program Manager in order to be eligible to apply. Winter Projects may receive some limited support through the Arts in the Parks initiative.

List of parks:

  • Alexmuir Park (Scarborough)
  • Amos Waites Park (Etobicoke)
  • Bell Manor Park (Etobicoke)
  • Beverly Glen Park (Scarborough)
  • Black Creek Community Farm (North York)
  • Bob Hunter Park (Scarborough)
  • Broadacres Park (Etobicoke)
  • Dentonia (East York)
  • Earl Bales Park (North York)
  • Flagstaff Park (Etobicoke)
  • Flemingdon Park (North York)
  • Fountainhead Park (North York)
  • Fred Johnson Park (Scarborough)
  • Guild Park and Gardens (Scarborough)
  • Lee Lifeson Art Park (North York)
  • Maidavale Park (Scarborough)
  • Memorial Park (York)
  • Neilson Park (Etobicoke)
  • Neilson Park (Scarborough)
  • Panorama Park (Etobicoke)
  • Parkway Forest Park (North York)
  • Parma Park (East York)
  • Prairie Drive Park (Scarborough)
  • Rowntree Mills Park (Etobicoke)
  • Rustic Park (Etobicoke)
  • South Humber Park (Etobicoke)
  • Walter Saunders Memorial Park (North York)
  • Wincott Park (Etobicoke)

PROGRAM PARTNERS

Arts in the Parks: a free city-wide initiative designed to offer a wide range of in-kind supports to artists and arts organizations working in parks across the city. Arts in the Parks provides support with marketing, community engagement, on-site wayfinding signage, and volunteer coordination to artists and arts organizations presenting free arts events in Toronto parks. Arts in the Parks is a core resource for Animating Toronto Parks grants recipients.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation: City of Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PF&R) division offers free special events permits and support navigating the permit system for Animating Toronto Parks grants recipients.

Park People: Our community partner, Park People supports collaboration between park groups and artists.

Black Creek Community Farm: A new site partner, Black Creek Community Farm is an urban agriculture centre located in North York.

CONTACT

For further information on this program, contact Strategic Programs Manager Erika Hennebury at erika@torontoartscouncil.org or 416-392-6802 x 219.


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

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