Playwrights Program

Application deadline: June 15, 2021.

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

Toronto Arts Council's Playwrights Program provides support to playwrights for the writing of stage plays.

The program provides two levels of support. The following fixed amounts are available:

LEVEL ONE: $2,000 – for new or emerging playwrights with little or no prior history of production.

LEVEL TWO: $8,000 – for mid-career or senior playwrights with a history of professional production. To meet this requirement, you must have had at least one full-length play (minimum 40 minutes) professionally produced on stage or radio. Works produced within non-curated festivals will not be considered as evidence of professional production, regardless of length.


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).


  • Applicants must be Canadian Citizens, or Permanent Residents (Landed Immigrants), or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status, or be a Protected Person (approved refugee claimant) and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.

  • An applicant must be a current resident of the City of Toronto and have maintained a residence in the City for a minimum of one year prior to the application deadline. A post office box address cannot be used to meet the residency requirement.

  • Full-time undergraduate students are not eligible.

  • Professional artists pursuing graduate studies may not apply for work related to their program of study. A letter from the graduate program director specifying that the project is not related to the graduate student’s program of studies must be submitted with the application.

  • Writing projects in languages other than English or French are accepted if the writing sample is accompanied by an accurate English translation.

  • An applicant must have started writing the play for which funding is requested. A sample of writing from the proposed project is required for this application.

  • Applicants may submit an application to either the Playwrights or the Writers program, but not to both.

  • Applicants may apply for funding for only one project per deadline.

  • Applicants may receive a grant through TAC’s Playwrights or Writers Program only once every two years. Those who received a grant in 2020 are not eligible to apply in 2021 but may reapply in 2022.

  • Co-applicants must be involved equally in the creation of the work and both must be eligible to apply.

  • TAC does not fund retroactively. Projects for which the final draft has been completed prior to notification of results are not eligible. Projects must be completed within two years of the date of your grant notification letter.

    PLEASE NOTE: Projects cannot be funded more than once in this program. Playwrights who receive a grant may not reapply to continue or finish the same project.


    Ineligible projects include, but are not limited to:

    Academic work or work towards a graduate degree; radio, film, video or television scripts; publishing; translation; production costs associated with mounting a stage production; tuition fees.

    Projects cannot be funded more than once in this program. Playwrights who receive a grant may not reapply to continue or finish the same project.


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