Long-Term Dance Projects

Application deadline: March 15, 2021

For questions about this program, contact Catalina Fellay-Dunbar, Dance Program Manager.


WHAT DOES THIS PROGRAM SUPPORT?

The Long-Term Dance Projects program provides mid-career and established professional choreographers, organizations and collectives with the opportunity to take an extended period of time to develop and present a dance work or program of works. The three-year funding period will take the project from its initial concept, through the creative process, to the presentation to a paying audience. The program aims to encourage artists to venture beyond the current scope of their work, and to provide dance artists with committed resources that will facilitate the thorough development of their work. The City of Toronto supports this program through a funding allocation approved annually by Toronto City Council.

The set grant amount for Long-Term Projects is $45,000, which will be disbursed to grant recipients in three equal payments of $15,000 per year for three years. The program supports the research, creation, rehearsal, presentation and dissemination of a dance work or program of works that will require a three-year production and planning cycle. Projects must include a performance of the work in Toronto to a paying audience, either through a presenter or self-presentation.

You can request support to create and present either a full-length single work, or a full-length program of several short works. The creation of new work(s) or a commission of new work(s) is eligible. Remounts of existing works will be considered as long as you demonstrate the rationale and process for building activity around the remount over a three-year development period. Multi- and interdisciplinary projects with dance rooted in the creation and presentation processes are eligible, as are Toronto-based collaborations with national and international artists.

You must include a plan to secure a range of revenue sources for the presentation phase of the work, which may include grants from other agencies and donated goods and services. You are not required to demonstrate a range of revenue sources for the other phases of project development. Project expenses can include: artists fees, production and technical fees, marketing and outreach costs, administrative costs, childcare costs, etc. The payment of artist fees is a requirement in this program.

 

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).

 

WHEN CAN THE PROJECT HAPPEN?

Applications must be for projects commencing after June 1. The entire project outlined within the application must be completed within four years of the date of the grant Notification Letter. Toronto Arts Council does not fund retroactively.

 

WHO CAN APPLY?

Applicants should contact the Dance Program Manager prior to applying to determine the eligibility of their project.

  • To be eligible to apply to Long-Term Dance Projects, applicants must be mid-career or established professional choreographers, or professional not-for-profit dance organizations or collectives.
  • A mid-career or established 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; has actively practiced their art professionally for many years; seeks payment for their work; and has a consistent history of public presentation, including at least one full-length work or program.
  • The applicant group or lead artist must have received at least two TAC Dance Projects grants.
  • The project for which funding is requested must take place in the City of Toronto, including rehearsals and a presentation of the work.
  • 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.
  • Individuals or 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.
  • Applicants 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.
  • Long-Term Dance Project grant recipients are not eligible to apply to any TAC discipline programs for three years until their project is completed. Those who have completed their project and wish to reapply to the program with a new project must skip at least on application deadline before reapplying. For example, if your Long-Term Project grant is complete in 2020, you may not reapply to the program until 2022.

For Individuals:

  • Individuals must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status or be a Protected Person (approved refugee claimant) and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.
  • Individuals must have been a resident of the City of Toronto for at least one year prior to the deadline, and live and work in Toronto for at least 8 months a year. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet the residency requirement. Note: Temporary absences of up to one year may be considered, subject to written explanation and special permission. Please contact TAC’s Dance Program Manager.
  • Choreographers must have a minimum of one full-length publicly presented work or program, excluding student presentations, and must have received at least two TAC Dance Projects grants.
  • Professional artists who are pursuing a graduate degree may not apply for work related to their thesis.
  • Note: A letter from the graduate program director confirming that the project is not related to the graduate student’s thesis may be required. Please contact TAC’s Dance Program Manager.

For Organizations and Collectives:

  • 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 or on an ongoing basis.
  • Either the organization, collective, or lead artist must have presented at least one full-length work or program, excluding student work, and must have received at least two TAC Dance Projects grants.
  • Organizations and collectives must be located in the City of Toronto. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet this requirement.
  • 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.


THIS PROGRAM DOES NOT FUND

  • Projects that have been completed prior to the announcement of results. Toronto Arts Council does not fund retroactively
  • 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
  • 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 Program Manager
  • Ongoing operating costs, such as permanent staff salaries and general administration of an organization
  • 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 Program Manager
  • Costs related to equipment purchase, capital projects (such as building purchase or renovation), fundraising activities, deficit reduction, publishing and archiving projects, awards and award ceremonies, projects conceived for the creation of a film or for competitive purposes, art therapy
  • Activities taking place outside of the City of Toronto (such as touring, travel, accommodations)
  • Projects conceived for competitive purposes
  • Professional development or research-only projects
  • Applicants may not apply to both the general Dance Projects program in February and the Long-Term Dance Projects program in March for the same or unrelated projects.

 

HOW DO I APPLY?

Applicants register and submit the application on TAC Grants Online (https://tac.smartsimple.ca). Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on the deadline dates. 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.

 

APPLICATION ACCESSIBILITY SUPPORT FOR DEAF PERSONS OR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

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.

 

QUESTIONS?

Contact Dance Program Manager Catalina Fellay-Dunbar (she/her):
416-392-6802 extension 224, catalina@torontoartscouncil.org


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