No Fixed Amount
Type of Program:
The Visual and Media Arts Program provides Annual Operating support to professional, non-profit, visual and media arts organizations engaged in the exhibition and distribution of contemporary visual and media artworks, support of the production of visual and media artworks and other activities that contribute to the development of visual and media arts, artists and audiences in Toronto.
Comments on Funding:
TAC does not fund 100% of an applicant’s budget and it does not provide funding for capital projects (e.g. equipment, renovations, purchase of buildings), fundraising events/projects or deficit reduction.
Exception: TAC funds may be used towards the purchase of equipment and software to achieve the goals of the organization during the COVID pandemic. This may include but is not limited to electronics, workspace materials and health and safety items.
When It Ends:
March 1, 2022
First-time applicants to the Annual Operating program may only apply in the first year of a multi-year cycle. Organizations may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Visual/Media Arts program and may not apply to other TAC discipline programs.
However, TAC offers other types of granting opportunities through its Strategic Initiatives envelope, and operating grant recipients may be eligible to apply to one of these programs. Operating grant recipients may receive a maximum of one additional grant per calendar year and must submit a final report on that project before applying to another program in the Strategic Initiatives envelope.
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.
enter their Financial and Statistical data online at CADAC (Canadian Arts Database/Données sur les arts au Canada). Financial statements must also be submitted to CADAC and a copy uploaded in PDF form with the application.
must consult with the Visual/Media Arts Program Manager before submitting an operating grant application.
may only apply in the first year of a multi-year cycle. The next year that first-time applicants may submit an application is 2023 for Artist-Run Centers and Media Arts Festivals, 2024 for Art Service Organizations and March 2022 for Public Galleries.
Applicants must submit:
- 1an application,
- 2the verification of financial results of the last completed fiscal year:
- 3a copy of their financial statements.
All applicants may upload promotional materials produced by their organization in relation to its last year’s activities (e.g. programs, brochures, catalogues, etc.) and/or press clippings (maximum 6 pages). Accepted file format – PDF.
COVID Related Measures
The pandemic has widely disrupted the programming and organizational plans of organizations receiving operating grants. Efforts and capacities to continue or adapt activities and to plan for 2021-22 vary greatly from company to company. In order to support operating companies, the 2021 operating grant program provides two application options.