Creative Communities Multi-Year Operating

Application deadline: March 8, 2021

For questions about this program, contact Kevin Reigh, Creative Communities Program Manager

Note: The program name Community Arts was changed to Creative Communities in late 2020


Toronto Arts Council provides funding support to outstanding artists and arts organizations that contribute to the cultural life of the City of Toronto. TAC is committed to artistic excellence, innovation, and accessibility, and supports a wide spectrum of artistic endeavour 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 Creative Communities Program provides Multi-Year Operating support to professional1 non-profit Toronto arts organizations engaged on an ongoing basis in Creative Communitie Funding through this program supports both operations and programming. 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. The collaborative involvement of professional artists with community members is a necessary component.



  • be non-profit;
  • have professional artistic leadership and pay appropriate professional fees to artists;
  • be located in the City of Toronto and have a significant portion of its activities occurring within the City;
  • have been in operation for at least four years;
  • have a history of sustained creative communities activity;
  • have received Annual Operating funding through TAC’s Creative Communities program for at least the two past years.
  • have a viable administrative structure;
  • have sound financial management;
  • be governed by a Board of Directors or other body responsible for the organization;
  • have stable artistic, organizational and board leadership with plans in place for any transition;
  • have sound financial management and balanced budgets over time;
  • submit verification of financial results of the last completed fiscal year:
    • for requests over $30,000, audited financial statements are required;
    • for requests of $30,000 or less, if annual operating revenues are $100,000 or more, a review engagement is required, (or, if available, audited financial statements);
    • for requests of $30,000 or less, if annual operating revenues are under $100,000, unaudited financial statements that include a balance sheet and a statement of income and expenses is required, (or, if available, audited financial statements or a review engagement);
  • receive significant support on an annual basis from other levels of government and/or the public and/or the private sector.

Applicants to the Multi-Year Operating program must speak to the Creative Communities Program Manager prior to completing an application form to ensure that they are eligible to apply.

Organizations may receive only one grant per calendar year through TAC. Organizations that receive Multi-Year Operating funding through this program are, therefore, not eligible to apply for TAC project grants in any discipline.


1 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 manager in advance of submitting an application.

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