Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship

Application deadline: June 15, 2021


WHAT DOES THIS PROGRAM SUPPORT?

Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship program provides support for newcomer and refugee artists to develop their artistic practice and to further their integration and inclusion to Toronto. We define a newcomer as: an immigrant or refugee who has lived in Canada for less than 7 years; a refugee is a person who was forced to leave their home country and is now located in Canada.

The program provides funding for individual newcomer and refugee professional* artists to be mentored (guided) in their chosen arts discipline. 

The mentorship application is submitted by the newcomer artist with the mentor as the co-applicant. Both the applicant and the mentor must identify as professional* artists. 

*A professional artist is:

  • someone who has developed their artistic skills through training and/or practice;
  • is recognized as a professional by other artists working in the same artistic tradition; 
  • actively practices their art; 
  • seeks payment for their work, and would spend more time on their artistic activity if financially feasible; 
  • and has a history of public presentation, publication and/or production

The total grant amount is $10,000. 

  • $5,000 is paid directly to the newcomer or refugee artist 
  • $5,000 is paid directly to the mentor. 

If you are a newcomer or refugee artist and you need help finding a mentor or accessing translation services, please contact Liza Mattimore, Strategic Programs Manager by May 15, 2021, at 416.392.6802 x231 or liza@torontoartscouncil.org.

WHO CAN APPLY AS A NEWCOMER AND/OR REFUGEE ARTIST?

  • Professional artists working in any artistic tradition (see definition above)
  • 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.
  • Applicants must be residents of the City of Toronto 
  • Applicants must have arrived in Canada after January 1, 2014
  • Applicants 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.
  • Applicants must have a SIN (Social Insurance Number)
  • Past recipients of this grant program cannot apply.
  • Undergraduate students cannot apply. 
  • Professional artists pursuing graduate studies may not apply for work related to their program of study. A letter from the graduate program director specifying that the project is not related to the graduate student’s program of studies must be submitted with the application. 

WHO CAN APPLY AS A MENTOR?

  • Professional artists working in any artistic tradition (see definition above)
  • Professional arts workers including arts managers, curators and producers working in any artistic tradition
  • Applicants must be residents of the City of Toronto, living in Toronto for at least 1 year prior to the deadline and live and work in Toronto for at least 8 months of the year.
  • Applicants 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.
  • Applicants must have a SIN (Social Insurance Number)
  • Undergraduate students cannot apply. 
  • Professional artists pursuing graduate studies may not apply for work related to their program of study. A letter from the graduate program director specifying that the project is not related to the graduate student’s program of studies must be submitted with the application. 
  • Mentors may only be listed as a co-applicant on one Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship grant per year

TAC has two distinct funding envelopes: 1) Arts Discipline funding (e.g. discipline-specific project grants and operating grants) and 2) Strategic funding (e.g. Animating Historic Sites, Animating Toronto Parks, Artists in the Library, etc.).  Eligibility exception:  you are able to receive a grant from this program in addition to one other grant from the Arts Discipline envelope and one other grant from the Strategic funding envelope per calendar year. Applicants are not eligible if they have an outstanding final report in any other program within the Strategic funding envelope (e.g. Animating Historic Sites, Animating Toronto Parks, Artists in the Library, etc.).

HOW DO I APPLY?

Applicants are required to speak to Liza Mattimore, Strategic Programs Manager before submitting an application.  Please contact Liza to schedule an appointment to discuss your proposal at: 416.392.6802 x231 or liza@torontoartscouncil.org.

Both the Applicant (Newcomer and/or Refugee Artist) and Co-Applicant (Mentor) must be registered as an Individual Applicant in TAC Grants Online. Neither applicant may use an e-mail address already in use as an organization or collective contact. 

Applicants are required to register on TAC Grants Online (https://tac.smartsimple.ca/) and submit the application 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. 

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 Liza Mattimore, Strategic Programs Manager

416-392-6802 extension 231, liza@torontoartscouncil.org


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