$ 45,000.00

Type of Program:



Toronto Arts Council’s Long-Term Dance Projects program provides mid-career and established professional choreographers, organizations and collectives with the opportunity to take an extended period of time to develop and present a dance work or program of works. The three-year funding period will take the project from its initial concept, through the creative process, to the presentation to a paying audience.

Comments on Funding:

The set grant amount for Long-Term Projects is $45,000, which will be disbursed to grant recipients in three equal payments of $15,000 per year for three years.

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:

Accepting applications


March 15, 2022


To be eligible to apply to Long-Term Dance Projects, applicants must be mid-career or established professional choreographers, or professional not-for-profit dance organizations or collectives.The project for which funding is requested must take place in the City of Toronto, including rehearsals and a presentation of the work.

Individual artists must: 

  • 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 choreographers with a minimum of one full-length publicly presented work or program, excluding student presentations, and must have received at least two TAC Dance Projects grants.

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.
  • Either the organization, collective, or lead artist must have presented at least one full-length work or program, excluding student work, and must have received at least two TAC Dance Projects grants.

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 they may be eligible to apply to one of these programs.

Long-Term Dance Project grant recipients are not eligible to apply to any TAC discipline programs for three years until their project is completed. Those who have completed their project and wish to reapply to the program with a new project must skip at least on application deadline before reapplying. For example, if their Long-Term Project grant is complete in 2020, they may not reapply to the program until 2022.

Applications Steps:


should contact the Dance Program Manager prior to applying to determine the eligibility of their project. 


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. 

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    an application,
  2. 2
    audio-visual support material to provide examples of their work. Applicants can provide a maximum of three examples of their work (separately or within one clip) not exceeding a total of 10 minutes. Written support material must be uploaded in PDF format.

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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