The Toronto Arts Council has announced the applications for Literary projects to provide funding to professional, non- profit, Toronto literary organizations and collectives to pursue one-time or time-limited literary projects involving production, presentation and other activities that contribute to the development of the literary arts in Toronto.
- The maximum grant available in this program is $8,000.
- TAC will not fund 100% of the project budget. Applicants must indicate a range of revenue sources, which may include donated goods and services.
- Applicants may receive less than the full amount requested.
What does this program support?
- The City of Toronto supports this program through a funding allocation approved annually by Toronto City Council.
- Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:
- Writer-in-Residence programs;
- Literary festivals;
- Conferences or symposia for literary professionals and their audiences;
- Series or performance events that incorporate any or all of the following: readings, storytelling, dub poetry, spoken word, etc.
- These grants contribute to the costs associated with a literary project, including artistic fees, production and technical costs, marketing and publicity costs, event documentation expenses, administrative costs, etc. Due to potential public health restrictions, social distancing rules and venue closures, works conceived for digital platforms are eligible.
If you are a first-time applicant, or if you have any questions about the eligibility of your project, please contact the Literary Program Manager.
- To apply to Literary Projects applicants must be either an incorporated non-profit organization or an unincorporated collective operating on a not-for-profit basis.
- A collective is defined as two or more artists working together under a group name, either on a single project or on an ongoing basis.
- Organizations and collectives must be located in the City of Toronto. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet this requirement. Organizations with a regional Toronto office must have operated in the City of Toronto for at least one year prior to the deadline.
- 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 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 her/his/their art; seeks payment for her/his/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.
- The payment of artist fees is a requirement in this program.
- The project for which the funding is requested must take place in the City of Toronto.
- Applicants may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Literary program and may not apply to other TAC discipline programs. 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.
For more information, visit https://torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/tac-grants/literary-arts/project-grants