No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:



The Dance Program provides Annual Operating support to professional non-profit dance organizations (both incorporated and unincorporated) engaged in the creation, production, presentation and preservation of dance, and other activities that contribute to the development of dance, dance artists, and dance audiences in Toronto.

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:

Accepting applications


 February 1, 2022


Applicants must:

  • be non-profit,
  • be a professional dance organizations,
  • be located in the City of Toronto and have a significant portion of their activities occurring within the City,
  • have a history of sustained dance 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 professional artistic leadership,
  • be governed by a Board of Directors or other body responsible for the organization,
  • 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,
  • must have at least $65,000 in total revenues for the last completed year, and in projected revenues for the current and request years, if they are first-time applicants. First-time applicants are organizations that did not receive an operating grant last year.

Organizations may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Dance 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.

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 Dance Program Manager before submitting an operating grant application.


may only apply in the first year of a multi-year cycle. First-time applicants may apply in 2022.

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)
  2. 4
    1 to 3 examples of recent dance work not exceeding a total of 10 minutes, if first time applicants. Audio-visual support material must be submitted by providing a link to an external website where their work has already been uploaded, such as Vimeo, YouTube, your personal website, etc.

All applicants may upload promotional materials produced by their organization in relation to its last year’s activities (e.g. programs, brochures, catalogues, etc.) and/or press clippings (maximum 6 pages). Accepted file format – PDF. Applicants currently receiving TAC Annual Operating support should not submit audio-visual material. The assessment committee will review audio-visual material from first-time Annual Operating applicants only.

About the author 


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