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:

Accepting applications


March 1, 2022


Applicant must

  • be non-profit,
  • be professional Visual Arts or Media Arts organizations (artist-run and public galleries, distribution organizations, arts service organizations, production cooperatives, festivals, exhibition groups and artists’ or curatorial collectives) that pay appropriate professional fees to artists,
  • be located in the City of Toronto and have a significant portion of their activities occurring within the City,
  • have a history of sustained visual or media arts activity over the two years prior to this application,
  • have received a minimum of two project grants through TAC’s Arts Discipline or Strategic programs,
  • have a viable administrative structure,
  • have sound financial management,
  • submit verification of financial results of the last completed fiscal year,
  • demonstrate a range of revenue sources on an annual basis, including earned, government and private sector revenues,
  • be governed by a Board of Directors or other body responsible for the organization,
  • have at least $75,000 in total revenues for the last completed year, and in projected revenues for the current and request years, if they are first-time applicants.

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.

Applications Steps:


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.

First-time applicants:


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.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
     an application,
  2. 2
    the verification of financial results of the last completed fiscal year:
  • for requests over $30,000, audited financial statements are required,
  • for requests of $30,000 or less, if annual operating revenues are $100,000 or more, a review engagement is required, (or, if available, audited financial statements),
  • for requests of $30,000 or less, if annual operating revenues are under $100,000, unaudited financial statements that include a balance sheet and a statement of income and expenses is required, (or, if available, audited financial statements or a review engagement).
  1. 3
    a 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.

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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