Type of Program:



The Black Arts Projects Program provides support to individual artists, artist collectives of 2 or more Black artists working on a non-profit basis and incorporated non-profit Toronto Black arts organizations.

Comments on Funding:

TAC may fund up to 100% of the requested amount. Maximum grant is:

  • $10,000 for Creation & Development;
  • $15,000 for Creation & Development including a mentorship component;
  • $15,000 for Presentation;
  • $20,000 for Presentation including a mentorship component.

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:



October 6, 2022


Applicants must:

  • identify as Black professional artists or artist collectives, or be incorporated not-for-profit arts organizations. The payment of artists’ fees is a requirement of all categories in this program.
  • request funding for projects that take place in the City of Toronto.

Individuals must:

  • be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents 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.
  • 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 her/his/their art; seeks payment for her/his/their work; and has a history of public presentation).
  • 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. Temporary absences of up to one year may be considered, subject to written explanation and special permission. 

Organizations and Collectives must be:

  •  incorporated non-profit organizations or unincorporated collectives which operate on a non-profit basis. A collective is defined as two or more artists working together under a group name, either on a single project (ad hoc) or on an ongoing basis. For collectives of two artists, both must be City of Toronto residents and Black. For collectives of more than two artists, the majority of members must be City of Toronto residents and Black.
  • Black-led, Black-focused, and Black-serving, including a majority of Black members on its Board of Directors and Board Executive.
  • located in the City of Toronto. 

Applicants may not apply as an individual and an organization or collective for the same project at the same time. If the applicant is one of the members of an applicant collective, he/she may also apply as an individual for an unrelated project in the same competition year. Applicants may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Black Arts Project program, and may not also have a pending application to the Black Arts Operating program.

However, applicants may still apply for different projects to arts discipline programs as well as other strategic initiatives programs that TAC offers. In this case, the applicant may receive up to one project grant in each funding stream and three project grants [3] total per calendar year. 

Applications Steps:


Applicants must register and submit the application on TAC Grants Online.
Applications can be submitted on an ongoing basis, any time before 11:59 pm on October 6, 2022.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    an application;
  2. 2
    support material (Audio-visual files/links) to support the assessment of their application. Applicants in all categories are encouraged to contact the Program Manager to determine what, if any, support material is necessary. 

Other Things to Note:

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, with notification of results released approximately 4 months after submission date.

The Project Start Date must be a minimum of 4 months after the submission date.
All projects must be completed within two years of the date on the Notification Letter.

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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