Open Door

Open Door supports ideas with the potential to create transformative change for arts organizations and collectives and/or the arts sector

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?

The Open Door granting program supports projects that demonstrate innovation, experimentation, risk-taking, partnership, the sharing of knowledge and leadership. Open Door provides catalyst funding for ideas with the potential to create transformative change in the arts sector.

Open Door supports the following types of projects:

  • Ambitious, timely projects with the potential to transform an artistic discipline, inspire a community of artists or elevate the arts sector as a whole.
  • Large-scale collaborative initiatives that create meaningful engagement for artists and audiences, with the potential to significantly benefit TAC equity priority groups.
  • Projects designed to address organizational transitions. These may include restructuring or succession planning for organizations and should have an emphasis on community access and engagement.
  • Projects that explore new opportunities for Toronto arts work. Projects taking place outside Toronto must explain the impact on the City’s artists and/or arts sector. 
  • Projects with the capacity to solve sector-wide challenges in new or innovative ways.

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 3 months after the application deadline.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Applicants are encouraged to speak to the Strategic Programs Manager, before applying.  Please contact the Program Manager to discuss your proposal:

  • 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.
  • Applicants may receive a grant through the Open Door program only once every two years. 
  • 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.
  • 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. Artists in the Library, Open Door, etc.)

    Applicants are eligible to receive only one grant from each funding category per calendar year. For example, you may not apply to a Strategic Program if you have another Strategic Program grant application pending OR Final Report pending. Open Door is a Strategic Program.

This program does not fund:

  • Individuals
  • ​activities included in TAC operating grants
  • activities included in TAC project grants
  • capital projects or expenses, renovations, or repairs
  • research, feasibility studies or training programs
  • projects previously funded through Open Door
  • print or online publishing
  • this program does not support schools, tuition-funded training programs, curriculum-based programs, or research projects. Projects with a school as the venue cannot take place during school hours
  • 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 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?

Liza Mattamore, Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives
liza[at]torontoartscouncil[dot]org
416-392-6802 x 231


  • Full Program Guidelines for 2024 will become available approximately 3 months before the deadline date

  • View past recipients

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