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Municipal (Toronto)

If you live in Toronto, in addition to provincial and federal government grants, the City of Toronto also has a funding body for the arts called the Toronto Arts Council. You may want to look at their different programs when applying for grants.

Toronto Arts Council

The Toronto Arts Council (TAC) is the City of Toronto's funding body for artists and arts organizations. It is arms length from the city and is a non-profit organization under contract to the City. Toronto Arts Council is run by a volunteer board, volunteer committees and a small complement of professional staff. An advisory panel of distinguished artists and managers further assist with this work. Toronto Arts Council’s volunteer board and committees are made up of artists, other arts professionals and arts supporters. To guarantee accountability, City Council appoints five of its members to Toronto Arts Council’s 29 member Board of Directors.

Toronto Arts Council funds artists, non-profits and charities. The municipalities covered by the Toronto Arts Council include:

  • City of Toronto
  • Scarborough
  • North York
  • Etobicoke
  • Rexdale
  • Any address with a postal code beginning with “M”


Note: When applying for a TAC grant, as an individual you must reside in one of the municipalities, with a physical address there. As a collective or ad hoc group 50% of the collective reside in one of the municipalities. For any uncertainties around your address, contact the TAC directly.

They fund Discipline-Based Programs:

  • Community Arts
  • Dance
  • Indigenous arts
  • Literary
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual and media Arts


As well as strategic funding programs:


Unique to the TAC is their grant for "Shows in a Festival" which provides funding solely for shows which are part of a festival such as Summerworks or Next Stage Theatre Festival.

Applications are accepted online through TAC Grants Online.