Open Door 2021

For 2021, Open Door will support Toronto arts organizations and collectives in their broad ranging plans to transition, transform and thrive in response to an on-going global pandemic.

A futuristic art installation that looks like a silver 3D hexagon. The installation is situated outdoors.
in/future presented by Art Spin. Pictured: Trillium Icosaflorum by Rob King. Photo by Andrew Williamson (2017)


WHAT DOES THIS PROGRAM SUPPORT?

Open Door supports ideas with the potential to create transformative change for arts organizations and collectives and/or the arts sector in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Open Door projects demonstrate innovation and support experimentation and risk-taking. The program supports projects that invest in community partnerships, collaborative leadership, and the sharing of knowledge.

For 2021, Open Door will support Toronto arts organizations and collectives in their broad ranging plans to transition, transform and thrive in response to an on-going global pandemic. 

In 2021 Open Door program will provide funding for:

  • Large-scale, collaborative initiatives that create transformative change for organizations and collectives, create meaningful engagement for artists and audiences, with the potential to significantly benefit underserved communities.
  • Projects that address pandemic-related impacts for organizations, collectives, and/or the arts sector with emphasis on community access and participant health and safety.
  • Organizations considering succession, merger, restructuring or wind-down of their operations.

There is no set grant amount or maximum request for this program. This grant may cover up to 100% of project costs. Grants awarded may be less than the full amount requested.

Eligible expenses may include extraordinary costs - including equipment purchases required to improve access and participant safety - that allow arts organizations to function and present arts activities in the context of public health restrictions. Projects involving equipment purchase may request up to 25% of the total budget towards these costs. You will be required to submit an Access Plan and Budget that describes how the equipment is intrinsic to the project and how you will accommodate audience and participant access needs.

Toronto Arts Council recognizes that the pandemic has exacerbated existing inequities within the arts sector. The program will prioritize support for projects that are led or created by and/or primarily involve a majority of artists or arts workers from one or more of TAC equity priority groups. Visit our Equity Framework page for more information. Consideration will also go to organizations and collectives that support artists, arts workers, and communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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?

All projects must be completed within two years of the date on the notification letter. Project activities may not start until after November 1.

WHO CAN APPLY?

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

  • Applicants must be located in the City of Toronto. A post office box cannot be used to meet the residency requirement.
  • To apply to Open Door applicants must be either an incorporated non-profit arts organization or an artist collective operating on a not-for-profit basis.
  • Applicants must have a viable administrative and financial plan for the proposed activities.
  • Organizations that have received an Open Door grant in the past two years must contact the program manager to discuss their eligibility.
  • 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 grant program manager in advance of submitting an application.
  • Applicants with active Arts Discipline or Strategic Funding grants may also be eligible to apply to this program for the 2021 grant cycle. Please speak to the Program Manager about your eligibility.

This program does not fund:

  • Individuals
  • Activities included in TAC operating grants
  • Activities included in TAC project grants
  • Projects previously funded through Open Door
  • Print or online publishing.
  • Schools, tuition-funded training programs, curriculum-based programs, or research projects.
  • Organizations receiving operating funding directly from the City of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Division or from another City of Toronto Division

HOW DO I APPLY?

Applicants register and submit the application through 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 Liza Mattimore, Strategic Programs Manager:  416-392-6802 extension 231, liza@torontoartscouncil.org


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