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Theatre Annual Operating Grant

Grants to Toronto, Ontario Nonprofits for
Theater Programming and Operations

Agency Type:

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 nonprofit theater organizations to support operational and programming costs. First-time applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. This program supports both incorporated and unincorporated theater organizations that enrich city life through the creation, presentation, and production of theater, as well as other activities related to the development of theater, theater artists, and theater audiences.

These grants contribute to the artistic and administrative costs associated with an organization’s ongoing theater activities. Funding through this program supports both operations and programming.

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#: 148854

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

-Be nonprofit;
-Be a professional theater organization;
-Be located in the City of Toronto and have a significant portion of its activities occurring within the City;
-Have a history of sustained theater activity over the two years prior to this application;
-Have received a minimum of two project grants through TAC’s Theatre Projects program for full- scale independent productions or co-productions. (Grants awarded through the Appeal process are not counted.)
-Have a viable administrative structure;
-Have professional artistic leadership;
-Have sound financial management;
-Be governed by a Board of Directors or other body responsible for the organization;
-Demonstrate a range of revenue sources on an annual basis, including earned, government and private sector revenues.

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 theater 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 must conduct their theatre 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.

Organizations 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 operating grant recipients may be eligible to apply to one of these programs. Please consult TAC’s website for other granting opportunities. Operating grant recipients may receive a maximum of one additional grant per calendar year and must submit a final report on that project before applying to another program in the Strategic Initiatives envelope.

First-time applicants (organizations that did not receive an operating grant last year) must have at least $75,000 in total revenues for the last completed year, and in projected revenues for the current and request years.

FIrst time applicants may only apply in the first year of a multi-year cycle. The next year that first-time applicants may submit an application is:

-Service organizations 2018
-Theater companies 2019

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

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due online by 11:59 PM on March 1, 2018.

First-time applicants must consult with the Theater Officer before submitting an operating grant application.

Notification will be received within three 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:

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:

Leah-Simone Bowen, Theater Officer
416.392.6800 x220

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Canada: Ontario