Type of Program:



Toronto Arts Council’s Newcomer and Refugee Arts Engagement program provides targeted support to Toronto non-profit organizations and artist collectives engaging newcomers and refugees through the arts and supporting the integration and inclusion of newcomers and refugees to Toronto through the arts.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a set grant amount of $20,000 and may cover up to 100% of project costs.

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


May 2, 2022


Applicant must be

  • be an incorporated non-profit organization or a collective operating on a not-for-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. 
  • be located in the City of Toronto and the activity for which the funding is requested must occur within the City. For collectives of more than two artists, the majority of members must be City of Toronto residents.
  • propose activities which include the collaborative involvement of professional artists and newcomer and/or refugee community members.
  • have a strong track record of engagement with newcomer and/or refugee communities and demonstrate a viable administrative and financial plan for achieving the goals of the proposed activities.
  • work with professional artists. 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.
  • request funding for a project that take place in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Arts Council has two distinct funding envelopes: 1) Arts Discipline funding (e.g. discipline-specific project grants and operating grants) and 2) Strategic funding (e.g. Artists in the Library, Open Door, etc.). Applicants are eligible to receive only one grant from each funding envelope per calendar year. Applications to the Newcomer and Refugee Arts Engagement program fall within the Strategic funding envelope.

Applicants are not eligible if they have an outstanding final report in any other program within the Strategic funding envelope (e.g. Animating Historic Sites, Animating Toronto Parks, Artists in the Library, etc.)

Applications Steps:


Applicants must register to Toronto Arts Council's online grant application system and submit their applications during the intake period.
Programs are open to receive applications two to three months before the submission deadline. Applications remain available until 11:59:59 PM of the published deadline date.
First-time applicants must contact the Newcomer and Refugee Arts Engagement Manager prior to submitting an application.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    an application,
  2. 2
    examples of the artist's recent work that are relevant to the project. At least one example must be from the past two years. Previously-funded applicants should submit new support material. The support material should illustrate both the quality and nature of the artist’s practice, and the artist’s capacity to work in a community context relevant to the proposed project.

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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