Type of Program:



The Creative Communities Projects program provides funding to Toronto non-profit organizations and collectives to pursue one-time or time-limited arts projects that enable public participation and engagement in arts and culture.

Applicants may apply in one of two categories:

  1. 1
    Arts Engagement: Projects in this category engage the community through their art form, work with community members to encourage maximum participation in the arts practice and the art making, and recognize that the process of collaboration is as important as resulting artistic products.
  2. 2
    Arts Community Development: Projects in this category develop artistic communities through the development of art practices, art forms and/or emerging artistic voices. Eligible applications must define their artistic community and terms of engagement with one or more art forms.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to $15,000.
TAC will fund 100% of the project budget up to $8,000.
For requests over $8,000:

  • the budget must show revenue from other sources.
  • the TAC contribution may not exceed 50% of the project budget.
  • in-kind contributions may not exceed 25% of the project budget.

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


February 1, 2022
August 2, 2022


Applicant must:

  • be incorporated non-profit organizations, or
  • be unincorporated collectives operating on a not-for-profit basis. A collective is defined as a group of two or more artists working together under a group name, either on a single project or on an ongoing basis. For collectives of two artists, both must be City of Toronto residents. For collectives of more than two artists, the majority of members must be City of Toronto residents.
  • be located in the City of Toronto. Organizations with a regional Toronto office must have operated in the City of Toronto for at least one year prior to the deadline.
  • propose a project that takes place in the City of Toronto.

Artists must be professional. A professional artist is 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.

Applicants 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 you may be eligible to apply to one of these programs. Please consult TAC’s website for other granting opportunities. 

Applications Steps:


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


Applicants will receive a confirmation email when their application is submitted. They should check their spam/junk mail folder if it doesn’t arrive in their in-box.

First-time applicants must consult with the Creative Communities Program Manger before submitting an operating grant application. 

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    an application,
  2. 2
    examples of the artist's recent work that are relevant to the project. At least one example must be from the past two years.

Other Things to Note:

Creative Communities Project Grants are the formerly-known Community Arts Project Grants.

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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