No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:



The Black Arts Program provides Annual Operating support non-profit Toronto Black arts organizations (both incorporated and unincorporated). Organizations qualifying for funding will be Black-led, Black-focused, and Black-serving; with the requirement for a majority of the leadership to identify as Black (Black-led), the primary goals of the organization to meaningfully support the Black community (Black-focused), as well as a significant portion of program activities prioritizing serving the Black community (Black-serving). Funding through this program supports both operations and programming.

Comments on Funding:

TAC does not fund 100% of an applicant’s budget and it does not provide funding for capital projects (e.g. equipment, renovations, purchase of buildings), fundraising events/projects or deficit reduction.

Exception: TAC funds may be used towards the purchase of equipment and software to achieve the goals of the organization during the COVID pandemic. This may include but is not limited to electronics, workspace materials and health and safety items.

When It Ends:

Intake opens two to three months before the submission deadline


March 14, 2022


Applicants must:

  • be non-profit professional arts organizations;
  • be Black-led, Black-focused, and Black-serving;
  • have professional artistic leadership and pay 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 recent history of sustained arts activity of at least two years;
  • have a viable administrative structure;
  • demonstrate a range of revenue sources on an annual basis, which may include earned, government and private sector revenues;
  • provide audited financial statements or internally prepared statements including a balance sheet, statement of income and expenses (if audited financial statements or review engagement is unavailable);
  • be governed by a majority Black-led Board of Directors or other body responsible for the organization.

Organizations must conduct their activities on an annual, ongoing basis either throughout the year or on a seasonal basis. Organizations, whose level of activity varies from season to season, in keeping with their mandate, must describe their production cycle.

Organizations may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Black Arts program and may not apply to other TAC operating programs. However, organizations who receive a Black Arts Operating grant below $20,000 may still apply to other discipline programs as well as strategic initiatives programs that TAC offers. In this case, the organization may receive up to one project grant in each funding stream and two project grants total per calendar year.

Organizations receiving a Black Arts Operating grant above $20,000 can only apply to grants in the strategic initiatives programs. In this case, the organization may receive up to one project grant in addition to their operating grant per calendar year.

Applications Steps:

Applicants must:


discuss eligibility with the Program Manager - mandatory for all new applicants;


register at TAC Grants Online


enter their Financial and Statistical data online at CADAC (Canadian Arts Database/Données sur les arts au Canada) Financial statements must also be submitted to CADAC and a copy uploaded in PDF form with their application;


 add support material;


submit the application using this online grants management system no later than 11:59 pm on the deadline date.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    an application;
  2. 2
    promotional materials in relation to the last active year’s activities (e.g. programs, brochures, catalogues, etc.) and/or press clippings (maximum 6 pages, PDF). Applicants may upload (200 MB maximum) or provide a link to audio/visual support material. If required, provide the password or any special directions required to access the file.
  3. 3
    audited financial statements or review engagement with their application, if returning operating clients requesting over $30,000.

About the author 


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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