Type of Program:



Through its Literary Program, Toronto Arts Council (TAC) provides Project funding to professional, non-profit, Toronto literary organizations and collectives to pursue one-time or time-limited literary projects involving production, presentation and other activities that contribute to the development of the literary arts in Toronto.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to $8,000.

TAC does not fund 100% of a project budget.
Applicants 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


March 1, 2022
August 3, 2022


Applicant must

  • be incorporated non-profit literary organizations or unincorporated literary 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. 
  • be located within the City of Toronto and the activity for which the funding is requested must occur within 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.
  • work with professional artists.
  • ask funding for 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. The payment of artist fees is a requirement in this program.

Applicants may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Literary 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. Applications remain available until 11:59:59 PM of the published deadline date.

First-time applicants must contact the Literary Program Manager.

Documentation Needed:


  1. 1
    must submit an application,
  2. 2
    may submit a maximum of six pages of printed support materials (including press clippings) with their application. Printed support material must be uploaded to TAC Grants Online in PDF format.
  3. 3
    proposing performance event projects may submit one audio-visual sample of no more than five minutes in length. Audio-visual support material must be submitted by providing a link to an external website where their work has already been uploaded.

Other Things to Note:

2021 Guidelines are saved under "Full Program Guidelines for 2022 (PDF)"

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