Amount:

$ 10,000.00

Type of Program:

Grant


Description:

Toronto Arts Council’s Artists in the Library grants program provides grants of $10,000 to professional artists, arts organizations and collectives working in any discipline to undertake community-engaged artist residencies in selected branches of the Toronto Public Library.

Artists in the Library is an artist residency program intended to create new collaborative opportunities for Toronto artists and increase arts access in underserved communities by animating libraries in Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough. The Artists in the Library program provides funding to professional artists, arts organizations and collectives working in any artistic discipline to undertake community-engaged artist residencies in selected branches of the Toronto Public Library.

Comments on Funding:

The grant amount is $10,000. A TAC Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000 towards accessibility costs for artists incurred during the project. Applicants who are Deaf or have a disability and need support to complete their grant applications can apply for funds to cover the costs of assistance from Application Support Service Providers. Up to $500 is available per eligible applicant in each calendar year. 


When It Ends:

Intake opens two to three months before the submission deadline

Deadline:

September 15, 2022

Eligibility:

Applicants must be professional artists, or professional not-for -profit arts organizations or collectives. Experience working with communities or children and youth is an asset.

Individual artists must: 

  • be Canadian Citizens, or Permanent Residents (Landed Immigrants), or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status, or be a Protected Person (approved refugee claimant) and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.
  • have been a resident of the City of Toronto for at least one year prior to the deadline, and live and work in Toronto for at least 8 months a year
  • be professional artists (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 her/his work; and has a history of public presentation);
  • not have any overdue final reports for any grant programs or final report due in the grant program in which the grant application is being submitted;
  • be 18 years of age or older.
  • Individual artists may only receive one discipline-stream project grant and one strategic initiative grant per calendar year.

Organizations and Collectives must:

  • be incorporated non-profit arts organizations or unincorporated arts collectives which operate on a non-profit basis. A collective is defined as two or more artists working together under a group name with a bank account held in that name;
  • be located and operating in the City of Toronto;
  • have a track record of arts activity;
  • have a viable administrative and financial plan for meeting the proposed activities;
  • have received two project grants in addition to other eligibility requirements in order to be eligible for operating funding;
  • not have any overdue final reports for any grant programs or final report due in the grant program in which the grant application is being submitted.
  • Organizations and Collective may only receive one discipline-stream operating or project grant and one strategic initiative grant per calendar year. 

TAC has two distinct funding envelopes:

  1. 1
    Arts Discipline funding (e.g. discipline-specific project grants and operating grants)
  2. 2
    Strategic funding (e.g. Artists in the Library, Animating Historic Sites, Open Door, etc.)

Applicants are eligible to receive only one grant from each funding envelope per calendar year. The Artists in the Library program falls within the Strategic Funding envelope. Any other Strategic Program grants must be complete with a final report filed and approved to meet eligibility criteria. (*Please note: individuals that receive a grant in each envelope may still be eligible to be a mentor for the Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship program and/or participate in the TAC Leaders’ Lab program. Please check with the program manager for eligibility)

Applications Steps:

Applicants:

1

must register to Toronto Arts Council's online grant application system and submit their applications during the intake period.

2

are encouraged to speak with the Program Manager prior to submitting an application, at least six weeks in advance of the deadline.

Programs are open to receive applications two to three months before the submission deadline. Applications remain available until 11:59:59 PM of the published deadline date.

Documentation Needed:

Check the program guidelines for details when they will be available (3 months prior to the grant deadline).

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    Application deadline: September 15, 2022 for residencies taking place in 2023.
  2. 2
    Program guidelines will be added approximately 3 months before the deadline date.
  3. 3
    A recording of the Artists in the Library grants information session can be found on TAC's YouTube and Instagram channels.

About the author 

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Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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