No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:



Toronto Arts Council’s Dance Projects program provides funding to professional dance artists, organizations and collectives for the creation, production and presentation of dance works, and other projects that support the development of professional dance in Toronto.
There are 4 categories under the Dance Projects program: Creation, Production/Presentation, Series/Festivals and Dance Field Development.

Comments on Funding:

Funding/category is:

  • up to $8,000 for Creation,
  • up to $15,000 for Production/Presentation,
  • up to $10,000 for Dance Series and Festival,
  • up to $8,000 for Dance Field Development.

TAC will not fund 100% of a project, except in the Creation category. Applicants to the Production/Presentation, Series/Festivals and Dance Field Development categories must indicate a range of revenue sources, which may include donated goods and services.

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 15, 2022
August 2, 2022


To be eligible to apply to Dance Projects, applicants must be professional dance artists, or professional not-for-profit dance organizations or collectives.The project for which the funding is requested must take place in the City of Toronto. Individual artists must: 

  • be Canadian Citizens, or Permanent Residents (Landed Immigrants), 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.
  • 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.
  • be choreographers with a minimum of one year of independent dance practice and a minimum of three publicly presented pieces, excluding student presentations.
  • not apply as an individual and an organization or collective for the same project in the same competition. If the applicant is one of the members of an applicant collective, he may also apply as an individual for an unrelated project in the same competition.

Organizations and Collectives must:

  • be incorporated non-profit arts organizations or unincorporated arts 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.
  • be located in the City of Toronto. 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.
  • have the majority of their members with at least one year of independent dance practice completed.

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 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 one 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. Applications remain available until 11:59:59 PM of the published deadline date.

First-time applicants must contact the Dance Program Manager.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    an application,
  2. 2
    audio-visual support material to provide examples of their work for applications in the Creation and Production/Presentation categories. Applicants in the Series/Festivals and Dance Field Development categories should contact the Dance Program Manager to determine what, if any, support material is necessary.

Other Things to Note:

Projects involving Deaf artists and artists with disabilities may apply for an additional TAC grant (up to $5,000) by completing the Accessibility Expenses section of the application and including the requisite information in their budget.

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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