No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:



The Creative Communities Program provides Multi-Year Operating support to professional non-profit Toronto arts organizations engaged on an ongoing basis in work that enables public participation in arts and culture. 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.
Applicants must show a range of revenue sources, including earned, government and private sector revenues.

When It Ends:

Accepting applications


April 4, 2022
March 2024


Academic institutions must:

  • 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 been in operation for at least four years,
  • have a history of sustained creative communities activity,
  • have received Annual Operating funding through TAC’s Community Arts program for at least the two past years,
  • have a viable administrative structure and a sound financial management,
  • be governed by a Board of Directors or other body responsible for the organization,
  • have stable artistic, organizational and board leadership with plans in place for any transition,
  • have sound financial management and balanced budgets over time,
  • submit verification of financial results of the last completed fiscal year,
  • receive significant support on an annual basis from other levels of government and/or the public and/or the private sector.

Organizations may receive only one grant per calendar year through TAC. Organizations that receive Multi-Year Operating funding through this program are, therefore, not eligible to apply for TAC project grants in any discipline.

Applications Steps:


contact the Creative Communities Program Manager prior to completing an application form to ensure that they are eligible to apply.


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.

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),
  1. 3
    a copy of the financial statements. Financial statements must also be submitted to CADAC (Canadian Arts Database/Données sur les arts au Canada)

Other Things to Note:

Mid-Cycle Report Deadline: April 4, 2022.
Next Full Application deadline: March, 2024.

COVID Related Measures

The pandemic has widely disrupted the programming and organizational plans of organizations receiving operating grants. Efforts and capacities to continue or adapt activities and to plan for 2021-22 vary greatly from company to company. In order to support operating companies, the 2021 operating grant program provides two application options.

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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