Visual and Media Arts Projects

Application deadlines: March 2 and August 4, 2020

For questions about this program, contact Peter Kingstone, Visual/Media Arts Program Manager


Through its Visual Arts and Media Arts Program, Toronto Arts Council (TAC) provides Project funding to professional, non-profit Toronto visual arts/media arts organizations and collectives to pursue one-time or time-limited projects involving the exhibition or distribution of contemporary visual or media arts and/or other activities that contribute to the development of the visual arts/media arts in Toronto. The City of Toronto provides the funding for this program through its Community Partnership and Investment Program.

Applicants applying for exhibition and/or screening projects (including festivals) must present the work of visual and/or media artists in a curatorial or critical context and must have a well-focused audience development plan. Organizations/collectives applying to exhibit the work of their own members must likewise have a clearly defined curatorial or critical framework informing the selection and exhibition of work.


First-time applicants to this program are advised to speak with Visual/Media Arts Program Manager Peter Kingstone to confirm eligibility prior to submitting an application.

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.
  • 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 his or her art; seeks payment for 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.
  • 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.
  • The payment of artist fees is a requirement in this program.
  • Applicants may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Visual/Media Arts program and may not apply to other TAC discipline programs. Grant recipients must submit a final report on their previous Visual/Media Arts project before submitting a new application to the program. 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. Visual/Media Arts 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.

The following activity is not eligible for funding through this program:

  • student exhibitions or screenings
  • screening programs or festivals that do not include the work of Toronto artists*
  • the creation or production of individual visual or media artworks
  • curatorial/programming research. Applicants must have already selected the artists or artworks they wish to present or, at minimum, have developed clear critical or curatorial objectives and be able to provide a list of artists and/or artworks under consideration. 
  • The ongoing activities of an organization/collective.

*This is not intended to exclude works by non-Toronto artists.

The following are not eligible to apply to this program:

  • Organizations/collectives that receive Toronto Arts Council Operating funding;
  • 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.

Project applications submitted to the March deadline must be for projects commencing after June 1. Project applications submitted to the August deadline must be for projects commencing after November 1. TAC does not fund retroactively. Projects that have commenced prior to the adjudication will not be considered. Projects must be completed within two years of the date of your grant notification letter.

Organizations/collectives engaged in annual, ongoing visual arts or media arts activities may be eligible to apply for Operating funding. Please contact Visual Arts/Media Arts Program Manager Peter Kingstone for details. 


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).

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