Long-Term Theatre Projects

Application deadline: March 16, 2020

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


Toronto Arts Council’s Long-Term Theatre Projects program provides mid-career and established professional, non-profit Toronto theatre organizations and collectives the opportunity to take an extended period of time to develop and present a new work. The three-year funding period will take the project from its initial concept, through the creative process, to the presentation to a paying audience. 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 provides the funding for this program through its Community Partnership and Investment Program.



Applicants should contact Theatre Program Manager, Leah-Simone Bowen, prior to applying to determine the eligibility of their project.  

To be eligible to apply to Long-Term Theatre Projects, applicants must be incorporated, non-profit organizations or unincorporated collectives operating on a not-for-profit basis. A collective is defined as a group of two or more artists working together under a group name, either on a single project or on an ongoing basis. 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 professional1. 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 his or her art; seeks payment for their work; and has a history of public presentation.
  • 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 Grant Program Managerabout eligibility).
  • The payment of artist fees is a requirement in this program.
  • Organizations/collectives must be located within the City of Toronto and the activity for which the funding is requested must occur within the City of Toronto.
  • Organizations/collectives must have previously received at least two TAC Theatre Project Grants.
  • Organizations/collectives who have not completed and reported on previous project grants cannot apply
  • Organizations/collectives 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 project grant recipients may be eligible to apply to one of these programs. Please consult TAC’s website for other granting opportunities. Theatre project grant recipients may receive a maximum of one additional TAC grant per calendar year and may not have more than two outstanding project reports at any time.
  • This program is not intended to support an organization’s ongoing activity. For information about Annual Operating funding, contact the Grant Program Manager.

The following are not eligible to apply to this program:

  • Organizations that receive TAC Operating support
  • Educational and religious institutions, unless there is a clear demarcation at both the program and budget level between their regular activities (i.e. religious/congregation activities or educational/student body activities) and their arts activities;
  • Schools that are part of Ontario’s public or private education system;
  • Individuals

Applicants may not apply to both the general Theatre Projects program on February 1st and the Long-Term Theatre Projects program on March 15 for the same or unrelated projects. Those who are not successful at the March 15 Long-Term deadline may apply to the August 1st projects deadline for the first phase(s) of the same project, or for an unrelated project. 


[1] 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. 


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).

Return to Theatre Programming