Long-Term Theatre Projects

Application deadline: March 15, 2022.

For questions about this program, contact Elahe Marjovi, Theatre Program Manager


The Long-Term Theatre Projects program provides three-year funding to mid-career and established professional, non-profit Toronto theatre organizations and collectives to develop and present a new work over an extended period of time that takes the project from its initial concept, through the creative process, to the presentation. The program aims to encourage artists to venture beyond the current scope of their work, and to provide theatre artists with committed resources that will facilitate the thorough development of their work. The City of Toronto supports this program through a funding allocation approved annually by Toronto City Council.

The set grant amount for Long-Term Projects is $45,000, which will be disbursed to grant recipients in three equal payments of $15,000 per year for three years. This program is open to collectives and organizations with a track record of development and production of new works. Applicants to the Long-Term Theatre Projects can seek support for the research, creation, rehearsal, presentation and dissemination of a new theatre work that are planned over a three year period for the development, production and presentation phases.

All applicants must include a plan to secure a range of revenue sources for the presentation phase which may include grants from other agencies and donated goods and services. However, applicants are not required to demonstrate a range of revenue sources for the other phases of project development. Project expenses could include: artists fees, production and technical fees, marketing and outreach costs, administrative costs, childcare costs, etc. The payment of artist fees is a requirement in this program.


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).



Applications must be for projects commencing after June 1. The entire project outlined within the application must be completed within four years of the date of the grant Notification Letter. Toronto Arts Council does not fund retroactively.



Applicants should contact the Theatre Program Manager prior to applying to determine the eligibility of their project.

  • To apply to Long-Term Theatre Projects applicants must be either an incorporated non-profit organization or an unincorporated collective operating on a not-for-profit basis. 
  • A collective is defined as two or more artists working together under a group name, either on a single project or on an ongoing basis. 
  • Organizations/collectives must have previously received at least two TAC Theatre Project Grants.  Those belonging to TAC equity priority groups who don’t meet this criteria are encouraged to contact the program manager to determine their eligibility.
  • Organizations and collectives must be located in the City of Toronto. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet this requirement. Organizations with a regional Toronto office must have operated in the City of Toronto for at least one year prior to the deadline.
  • 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 her/his/their art; seeks payment for her/his/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.
  • Ad-hoc collective formed for the purposes of this project alone can apply but must be led by artists who have made a significant contribution to the development of new works (speak to the Program Manager about eligibility).
  • Projects must include a performance of the work in Toronto to an audience, either as a co-production arrangement or an independent production. Multi and interdisciplinary projects with theatre rooted in the creation and presentation are eligible, as are national and international collaborations based in Toronto, as long as the majority of artists involved are Toronto-based.
  • Applicants may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Theatre program and may not apply to other TAC discipline programs. 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. 
  • Long-Term Theatre Project grant recipients are not eligible to apply to any TAC discipline programs for three years until their project is completed. Those who have completed their project and wish to reapply to the program with a new project must skip at least on application deadline before reapplying.  For example, if your Long-Term Project grant is complete in 2021, you may not reapply to the program until 2023.



  • Tours and remounts;
  • Professional development and research projects;
  • Projects supported through other TAC discipline programs;
  • Projects that have been started or completed prior to the announcement of results. Toronto Arts Council does not fund retroactively.
  • Organizations or collectives that receive Operating funding from TAC;
  • Schools that are part of Ontario’s public or private education system;
  • Educational and religious institutions, unless there is a clear separation in both programming and budget between their regular activities and their arts activities;
  • Individuals;
  • Ongoing operating costs, such as permanent staff salaries and general administration of an organization. This program is not intended to support an organization or collective’s ongoing activities. For information about Annual Operating funding, please contact TAC’s Theatre Program Manager.
  • Costs related to equipment purchase, capital projects (such as building purchase or renovation), fundraising activities, deficit reduction, publishing and archiving projects, awards and award ceremonies, projects conceived for the creation of a film or for competitive purposes, art therapy;
  • Activities taking place outside of the City of Toronto (such as touring, travel, etc.);
  • Applicants may not apply to both the general Theatre Projects program in February and the Long-Term Theatre Projects program in March for the same or unrelated projects.



Applicants register and submit the application on 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.

Please download the full Program Guidelines for complete program details and application specifics. 



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.

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