No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:



The Visual and Media Arts Program provides Multi-Year Operating support to professional, nonprofit, 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 8, 2022
April 4, 2022 - Mid-Cycle Report deadline


Applicant must

  • be non-profits,
  • be professional Visual Arts or Media Arts organization,
  • be located in the City of Toronto and have a significant portion of their activities occurring within the City,
  • have been in operation for at least four years,
  • have received Annual Operating funding through TAC’s Visual/Media Arts program for at least the two past years,
  • have a demonstrated record of regular, ongoing programming,
  • have professional artistic leadership and a viable administrative structure,
  • have sound financial management and balanced budgets over time,
  • submit verification of financial results of the last completed fiscal year,
  • be governed by a Board of Directors or other body responsible for the organization,
  • have stable artistic, organizational and board leadership with plans in place for any transition
  • receive significant support on an annual basis from other levels of government and/or the public and/or the private sector.

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 Peter Kingstone prior to completing an application form to ensure that they are eligible to apply.

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.

Other Things to Note:

 In 2022, this program is open to Public Galleries that meet the eligibility requirements.

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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