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Visual and Media Arts Annual Operating Funding

Grants to Toronto, Ontario Nonprofits Focused on Media
and Visual Arts for General Administrative Support

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

Deadline Date:

03/01/18 11:59 PM


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Grants to Toronto, Ontario arts-focused nonprofits to support general organizational operations. First-time applicants must consult with program staff prior to applying. Grants are intended to support professional visual and media arts organizations involved in the exhibition and distribution of contemporary visual and media artworks, support of the production of visual and media artworks and other activities that contribute to the development of visual and media arts, artists and audiences in Toronto. Specifically, these grants contribute to the artistic and administrative costs associated with an organization’s ongoing visual and media arts activities.

Visual and Media arts groups supported through this program include: artist-run and public galleries, distribution organizations, arts service organizations, production cooperatives, festivals, exhibition groups and artists’ or curatorial collectives.

TAC is committed to equity and inclusion. Applications are encouraged from all Toronto artists, arts organizations and artist collectives. Specific equity measures or targeted programs are in place to ensure full access and participation by Indigenous artists, artists of color, artists who are Deaf, have disabilities or are living with mental illness, artists who self-identify as 2SLGBTQIAP, newcomer and refugee artists, young and emerging artists and artists working outside the downtown core.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148853

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for Annual Operating funding, an applicant must:

-Be nonprofit;
-Be a professional Visual Arts or Media Arts organization that pays appropriate professional fees to artists;
-Be located in the City of Toronto and have a significant portion of its activities occurring within the City;
-Have a history of sustained visual or media arts activity over the two years prior to this application;
-Have received a minimum of two project grants through TAC’s Visual and Media Arts Projects program (grants awarded through the Appeal process are not counted);
-Have a viable administrative structure;
-Have sound financial management;
- Submit verification of financial results of the last completed fiscal year;
-Demonstrate a range of revenue sources on an annual basis, including earned, government and private sector revenues;
-Be governed by a Board of Directors or other body responsible for the organization.

Organizations must submit verification of financial results of the last completed fiscal year:

- For requests over $15,000, audited financial statements are required;
- For requests of $15,000 or less, if annual operating revenues are $100,000 or more, a review engagement is required (or, if available, audited financial statements);
- For requests of $15,000 or less, if annual operating revenues are under $100,000, unaudited financial statements that include a balance sheet and a statement of income and expenses is required (or, if available, audited financial statements or a review engagement);

Organizations must conduct their visual and media arts activities on an annual, ongoing basis either throughout the year or on a seasonal basis. A single project does not constitute annual or seasonal activity.

Organizations, whose level of activity varies from season to season, in keeping with their mandate, must describe their multi-year creation and production cycle. Annual and biennial festivals that have completed a minimum of two editions are also eligible.

First-Time Applicants (Organizations that did not receive an operating grant last year):

- Must consult with the Visual/Media Arts Officer before submitting an operating grant application.
- Must have at least $75,000 in total revenues for the last completed year, and in projected revenues for the current and request years.

Additionally, first-time applicants may only apply in the first year of a multi-year cycle. The next year first-time applicants may apply is:

-Service Organizations 2018
-Public Galleries 2019
-Artist-Run Centres 2020
-Media Arts Festivals 2020

Please note: TAC does not provide funding for capital projects (e.g. equipment, renovations, purchase of buildings), fundraising events/projects or deficit reduction.

Pre-Application Information:

First-time applicants must consult with the Visual/Media Arts Officer before submitting an operating grant application.

Applications remain available until 11:59 PM of the March 1, 2018 deadline date.

Notification will be received within four months of the deadline date.

Please note: TAC does not fund 100% of an applicant’s budget. Applicants may receive less than the full amount requested.

Application Instructions:

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online:

Peter Kingstone, Visual/Media Arts Officer
416-392-6802 x 208

Toronto Arts Council
200-26 Grand Trunk Crescent
Toronto, ON M5J 3A9

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Canada: Ontario