No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:



The Community Arts Program provides Annual Operating support to non-profit Toronto arts organizations (both incorporated and unincorporated) engaged on an ongoing basis in work that enables public participation in arts and culture. 

Comments on Funding:

TAC does not fund 100% of an applicant’s budget. Applicants may receive less than the full amount requested.

When It Ends:

Accepting applications


March 1, 2022


Applicant must be

  • be non-profit,
  • 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 history of sustained creative community activity over the two years prior to this application,
  • have received a minimum of two project grants through TAC’s Arts Discipline or Strategic programs,
  • have a viable administrative structure and a sound financial management,
  • submit verification of financial results of the last completed fiscal year,
  • demonstrate a range of revenue sources on an annual basis, including earned, government and private sector revenues,
  • be governed by a Board of Directors or other body responsible for the organization,
  • conduct their creative communities activities on an annual, ongoing basis either throughout the year or on a seasonal basis. A single project does not constitute annual or seasonal activity. Organizations, whose level of activity varies from season to season, in keeping with their mandate, must describe their multi-year creation and production cycle. Annual and biennial festivals that have completed a minimum of two editions are also eligible.
  • must have at least $75,000 in total revenues for the last completed year, and in projected revenues for the current and request years, if they are first-time applicants.

Schools, tuition-funded training programs and curriculum-based programs are not eligible to apply to this program.

Organizations may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Creative Communities program and may not apply to other TAC discipline programs. However, TAC offers other types of granting opportunities through its Strategic Initiatives envelope, and operating grant recipients may be eligible to apply to one of these programs. Please consult TAC’s website for other granting opportunities. Operating grant recipients may receive a maximum of one additional grant per calendar year and must submit a final report on that project before applying to another program in the Strategic Initiatives envelope.

Applications Steps:

Applicants must register to Toronto Arts Council's online grant application system and submit their applications during the intake period. Applications remain available until 11:59:59 PM of the published deadline date.


must consult with the Community Arts Program Manager before submitting an operating grant application.


may only apply in the first year of a multi-year cycle. The next year first-time applicants may apply is 2024.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    an application,
  2. 2
    the verification of financial results of the last completed fiscal year:
  • for requests over $30,000, audited financial statements are required,
  • for requests of $30,000 or less, if annual operating revenues are $100,000 or more, a review engagement is required, (or, if available, audited financial statements),
  • for requests of $30,000 or less, if annual operating revenues are under $100,000, unaudited financial statements that include a balance sheet and a statement of income and expenses is required, (or, if available, audited financial statements or a review engagement).

Other Things to Note:

 TAC 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.

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.
Click here to learn more about Moe's background and how he can help your business.


You may also like

Research and Development Grants for Ontario Businesses (2021): 23 Government Incentives to Boost Your R&D

Research and Development Grants for Ontario Businesses (2021): 23 Government Incentives to Boost Your R&D
Success message!
Warning message!
Error message!