No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:



Toronto Arts Council’s Indigenous Arts Projects program is an annual multi-disciplinary project grant specifically for Indigenous artists, collectives and organizations. For the purpose of this program, “Indigenous” is defined as a Canadian Aboriginal person who self-defines as First Nations (Status or Non-status), Métis, or Inuit.

There are 4 categories under the Indigenous Arts Projects: Project Development, Creation, Exhibition, Presentation and Dissemination, and Indigenous Arts Sector Development.

Comments on Funding:

Funding/category is:

  • up to $3,000 for Project Development,
  • up to $10,000 for Creation,
  • up to $15,000 for Exhibition, Presentation and Dissemination,
  • up to $15,000 for Indigenous Arts Sector Development.

TAC may fund 100% of a project in the Project Development category and in the Creation category.

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:



 November 1, 2022


To be eligible to apply to Indigenous Arts Projects, applicants must identify as Indigenous professional artists, or incorporated or unincorporated not-for-profit collectives and organizations. The project for which the funding is requested must take place in the City of Toronto.

Individual artists must: 

  • identify as Indigenous (Status or Non-Status First Nations, Métis, or Inuit), 
  •  be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents 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 professional artists (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),
  • not apply as an individual and an organization or collective for the same project at the same time. If the individual artist is one of the members of an applicant collective, he may also apply as an individual for an unrelated project in the same competition year. 

Organizations and Collectives must:

  • be incorporated non-profit arts organizations artistically and financially controlled by an Indigenous person, with 51% majority of Indigenous members on Board of Directors and 51% majority of Indigenous members on Board Executive.
  • be 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. For collectives of two artists, both must be City of Toronto residents and Indigenous. For collectives of more than two artists, the majority of members must be City of Toronto residents and Indigenous.
  • be located in the City of Toronto.

Applicants may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Indigenous Arts program and may not apply to other TAC discipline programs. However, TAC offers other granting opportunities through its Strategic Initiatives envelope, and you 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 can be submitted on an ongoing basis, any time before 11:59 pm on November 1, 2022.

First-time applicants must contact the Indigenous Arts Program Manager.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    an application,
  2. 2
    audio-visual support material to provide examples of their work. Applicants in all categories are encouraged to contact the Indigenous Arts Program Manager to determine what, if any, support material is necessary. Audio-visual support material must be accessible through an external website where their work has already been uploaded, such as Vimeo, YouTube, personal website, etc.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until November 1, 2022, with notification of results released approximately 3 to 4 months after submission date.2
  2. 2
    The Project Start Date must be a minimum of 3 months after the submission date.
  3. 3
    All projects must be completed within two years of the date on the Notification Letter.

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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