Posted: January 30, 2022


No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:



Open Door supports ideas with the potential to create transformative change for arts organizations and collectives and/or the arts sector. Open Door projects demonstrate innovation and support experimentation and risk-taking. The program supports projects that invest in community partnerships, collaborative leadership, and the sharing of knowledge.

Comments on Funding:

Funding may cover up to 100% of project costs.

Projects involving equipment purchase may request up to 25% of the total budget towards these 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


July 18, 2022


Applicants must:

  • be located in the City of Toronto,
  • be an incorporated non-profit arts organization or a non-profit arts collective operating on a not-for-profit basis,
  • have a viable administrative and financial plan for the proposed activities.

Organizations that have received an Open Door grant in the past two years must contact the program manager to discuss their eligibility. Applicants with active Arts Discipline or Strategic Funding grants may also be eligible to apply to this program for the 2021 grant cycle. Please speak to the Program Manager about applicant eligibility. 

Applications Steps:

Applicant must:


are encouraged to speak to Liza Mattimore, Strategic Programs Manager to discuss their proposal before submitting an application. Please contact Liza to schedule an appointment to discuss your proposal.


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. 

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    an application,
  2. 2
    an Access Plan and Budget that describes how the equipment is intrinsic to the project and how they will accommodate audience and participant access needs for projects involving equipment purchase.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    Program guidelines will be added approximately 3 months before the deadline date
  2. 2
    For questions about this program, please contact Liza Mattimore, Strategic Programs Manager: 416-392-6802 extension 231.

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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