Application deadlines: February 4 and August 1, 2019
For questions about this program, contact Leah-Simone Bowen, Theatre Program Manager
Through its Theatre Projects program, Toronto Arts Council (TAC) provides funding support to professional, non-profit, Toronto theatre organizations and collectives to pursue one-time or time-limited theatre projects involving creation, production, presentation, dissemination and/or other activities that contribute to the development of theatre in Toronto. The City of Toronto provides the funding for this program through its Community Partnership and Investment Program.
The Theatre Program is strongly committed to the development and performance of works by Canadian artists.
If you are a first-time applicant, or if you have any questions about the eligibility of your projects, please contact the Theatre Program Manager.
To be eligible for Project funding:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The payment of artist fees is a requirement in this program.
- Organizations/collectives may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Theatre program and may not apply to other TAC discipline programs. Grant recipients must submit a final report on their previous Theatre project before submitting a new application to the program. 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. Grant recipients may receive a maximum of one additional grant per calendar year and may not have more than two outstanding project reports at any one time.
The following are not eligible to apply to this program:
- Organizations/collectives that receive TAC operating funding in any discipline;
- 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;
 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.
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, and attendant care.
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