Literary Projects

Application deadlines: March 2 and August 4, 2020

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


Through its Literary Program, Toronto Arts Council (TAC) provides Project funding to professional, non-profit, Toronto literary organizations and collectives to pursue one-time or time-limited literary projects involving production, presentation and other activities that contribute to the development of the literary arts in Toronto. The City of Toronto provides the funding for this program through its Community Partnership and Investment Program.



To be eligible for Project funding:

  • Applicants must be incorporated non-profit literary organizations or unincorporated literary collectives operating on a not-for-profit basis. A collective is defined as a group of two or more artists working together under a group name, either on a single project or on an ongoing basis.
  • Organizations/collectives must be located within the City of Toronto and the activity for which the funding is requested must occur within the City of Toronto.
  • 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.
  • Artists must be professional. A 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; actively practices his or her art; seeks payment for their work; and has a history of public presentation.
  • 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.
  • The payment of artist fees is a requirement in this program.
  • Organizations/collectives may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Literary program and may not apply to other TAC discipline programs. Grant recipients must submit a final report on their previous Literary project before submitting a new application to the program. 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. Literary Project grant recipients may receive a maximum of one additional grant per calendar year and may not have more than two outstanding project reports at any time.

The following are not eligible to apply to this program:

  • Organizations/collectives that receive TAC operating funding in any discipline;
  • Educational and religious institutions, unless there is a clear demarcation at both the program and budget level between their regular activities (i.e. religious/congregation activities or educational/student body activities) and their arts activities;
  • Schools that are part of Ontario’s public or private education system;
  • Individuals.

This program does not fund print or online publishing or literary competitions.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Writer-in-Residence programs;
  • Literary festivals;
  • Conferences or symposia for literary professionals and their audiences;
  • Series or performance events that incorporate any or all of the following: readings, storytelling, dub poetry, spoken word, etc.


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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