Open Door

Open Door is a funding opportunity designed to respond to timely and ambitious arts sector initiatives outside of the discipline-specific funding programs.

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)

Application deadline: July 15, 2021

  • Full Program Guidelines will be available soon

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For questions about this program, please contact Liza Mattimore, Strategic Programs Manager: 416-392-6802 extension 231,


The Open Door granting program supports projects that demonstrate innovation, experimentation, risk- taking, partnership, and the sharing of knowledge and leadership. Open Door provides catalyst funding for ideas with the potential to create transformative change in the arts sector. Projects with the capacity to
address the future impacts of COVID-19 are eligible for this program. The City of Toronto supports this program through a funding allocation approved annually by Toronto City Council.

Applications will be accepted in the following categories:

  1. Big Ideas: ambitious, timely projects with the potential to transform an artistic discipline, inspire a community of artists or elevate the arts sector as a whole. Projects aligned with ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021 are eligible to apply. Visit for more information about Toronto Arts Council’s role in this City of Toronto initiative.
  2. Market Development: projects designed to grow or develop new markets for Toronto arts work. Projects taking place outside Toronto must explain the impact on the City’s artists and/or arts sector.
  3. New Models: projects with the capacity to solve sector-wide challenges in new or innovative ways. 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.


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).


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.


Applicants are required to speak with us before submitting an application. 

  • 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;
  • For requests over $30,000, audited financial statements for the previous fiscal year must be submitted.
  • 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.


  • 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
  • Organizations receiving operating funding directly from the City of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Division or from another City of Toronto Division


Applicants are required to register and submit the application on TAC Grants Online ( 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.

Please download the full Program Guidelines for complete program details and application specifics. Program Guidelines for 2021 will be added 3 months prior to the application deadline. 


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.


Contact Liza Mattimore, Strategic Programs Manager: 416-392-6802 ext 231 |

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