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Open Door Grant

Grants to Ontario Arts Nonprofits in Eligible
Regions for Innovative Arts Projects

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

Deadline Date:

09/15/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to Ontario arts nonprofit organizations and groups in eligible regions for original and creative projects. Applicants must speak to program staff prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to promote bold projects that do not fall within the parameters of regular discipline-specific arts opportunities. Applicants must be located in the City of Toronto.

The grant supports innovative and provocative arts projects that demonstrate collaboration, risk-taking, and the sharing of knowledge and leadership. Open Door provides catalyst funding for ideas with the potential to create transformative change in the arts sector.

Applications will be accepted in the following Project Categories:

  1. Big Ideas: ambitious, timely projects with the potential to transform an artistic discipline, inspire a community of artists or elevate the arts sector as a whole. Projects aligned with the Year of Public Art in 2021 are eligible to apply. Visit for more information about Toronto Arts Council’s role in this City of Toronto initiative.
  2. Market Development: projects designed to grow or develop new markets for Toronto arts work. Projects taking place outside Toronto must explain the impact on the City’s artists and/or arts sector.
  3. New Models: projects with the capacity to solve sector-wide challenges in new or innovative ways. 

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. 

If there are multiple well-assessed applications of equal merit in an adjudication round but insufficient funds in the grants budget to support all deserving candidates, applications proposed by applicants that self-identify as belonging to one of Toronto Arts Council’s equity priority groups or that primarily involve or serve artists from these groups will be prioritized. For more details, see the Equity Framework here:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174349

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no set grant amount or maximum request for this program. This grant may cover up to 100% of project costs.

A TAC Accessibility grant (for projects involving Deaf artists and artists with disabilities) 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).

Term of Contract:

All projects must be completed within two years of the date on the notification letter. Project activities may not start until 3 months after the application deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be located in the City of Toronto (A post office box cannot be used to meet the residency requirement);
-Be an incorporated non-profit arts organization or a non-profit arts collective
- Have a strong track record of arts activity;
- Have a viable administrative and financial plan for the proposed activities;
- For requests over $30,000, applicants must submit audited financial statements for the previous fiscal year.

Projects aligned with ArtworxTO (formerly Year of Public Art) are eligible to apply for TAC's Open Door program in the Big Ideas category: ambitious, timely projects with the potential to transform an artistic discipline, inspire a community of artists or elevate the arts sector as a whole.

TAC is committed to equity and inclusion. For details, see

Anti-Racism and Access and Equity Policy requirements:

Organizations receiving operating funding directly from the City of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Division or from another City of Toronto Division are not eligible to apply to this program.

The following activity is not eligible for funding through this program:
- Activities included in TAC operating grants
- Activities included in TAC project grants
- Capital projects or expenses
- Renovations or repairs
- Research, feasibility studies or training programs
- Projects previously funded through Open Door
- Print or online publishing.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines are February 24 and September 15, 2020.

Applicants are required to speak with staff before submitting an application.

Applicants are required to register and submit the application on TAC Grants Online. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on the deadline date. TAC does not accept applications by any other means of delivery.

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

Applicants may receive a grant through the Open Door program only once every two years. If the project duration is more than one year, the recipient cannot reapply until one year after the project completion date.

Contact Information:

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

Schedule an appointment to discuss your proposal:

Rupal Shah, Strategic Programs Manager
416.392.6802 x209

Apply online:

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

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