Amount:

$10,000

Type of Program:

Grant


Description:

Toronto Arts Council’s Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship program provides funding for newcomer and refugee artists to develop their artistic practice and to support the integration and inclusion of newcomer and refugee artists to Toronto.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is $10,000, out of which $5,000 is paid directly to the newcomer or refugee artist and $5,000 is paid directly to the mentor.


When It Ends:

Intake opens two to three months before the submission deadline

Deadline:

May 2, 2022

Eligibility:

Newcomer and/or Refugee Artist must:

  • be newcomers and refugess (a newcomer is an immigrant or refugee who has lived in Canada for less than 7 years; a refugee is a person who was forced to leave their home country and is now located in Canada),
  • be professional artists to be mentored (guided) in their chosen arts discipline,
  • be professional artists (and also their mentors). A professional artist is:
  • someone who has developed their artistic skills through training and/or practice;
  •  is recognized as a professional by other artists working in the same artistic tradition;
  • actively practices his or her art;
  • seeks payment for her/his work;
  • and has a history of public presentation.
  • working in any artistic tradition;
  • residents of the City of Toronto;
  • have arrived in Canada after January 1, 2015;
  • 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 a SIN (Social Insurance Number).

Past recipients of this grant program cannot apply. Undergraduate students cannot apply. Professional artists pursuing graduate studies may not apply for work related to their program of study. A letter from the graduate program director specifying that the project is not related to the graduate student’s program of studies must be submitted with the application.

Mentors must:

  • be professional artists working in any artistic tradition;
  • professional arts workers including arts managers, curators and producers working in any artistic tradition;
  • be residents of the City of Toronto, living in Toronto for at least 1 year prior to the deadline and live and work in Toronto for at least 8 months of the year;
  • 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.
  • must have a SIN (Social Insurance Number) Undergraduate students cannot apply.

Professional artists pursuing graduate studies may not apply for work related to their program of study. A letter from the graduate program director specifying that the project is not related to the graduate student’s program of studies must be submitted with the application. Mentors may only be listed as a co-applicant on one Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship grant per year

Applications Steps:

1

Applicants are required to speak to Liza Mattimore, Strategic Programs Manager before submitting an application. Please contact Liza to schedule an appointment to discuss your proposal at: 416.392.6802 x231.

2

Both the Applicant (Newcomer and/or Refugee Artist) and Co-Applicant (Mentor) must be registered as an Individual Applicant in TAC Grants Online. Neither applicant may use an e-mail address already in use as an organization or collective contact.

3

Applicants are required to register on TAC Grants Online and submit the application no later than 11:59 pm on the deadline date. TAC does not accept applications by any other means of delivery. Applicants will receive a confirmation email when their application is submitted.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    an application,
  2. 2
    examples of the artist's recent work that are relevant to the mentorship. At least one example should be from the past 2 years. Support Material from mentors is optional, but encouraged. 
  • Video/Audio: provide a link (website, Vimeo, YouTube) and password, if required.
  • Video/Audio files should be no longer than 3 minutes in length.
  • Photos: provide a link and password, if required, to a website where your photos have been upload. Applicants may also upload JPEG images of their work. 5 images are permitted PER Support Material section, to a maximum of 15 images.
  • Writing Sample: upload a PDF file, maximum 15 pages double-spaced.

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