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Literary Program Annual Operating Fund

Grants to Toronto, Ontario Literary Nonprofits
for Programs and General Operations

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

Deadline Date:

03/01/18 11:59 PM


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Grants to Toronto, Ontario professional nonprofit literary organizations, both incorporated and unincorporated, for general operating and programmatic support. First-time applicants are required to consult program staff prior to applying. Funds will support organizations that are engaged in the presentation, dissemination, or other activities that contribute to the development of the literary arts, literary artists, and literary audiences in Toronto.

Goals: Toronto Arts Council provides funding support to outstanding artists and arts organizations that contribute to the cultural life of the City of Toronto. TAC is committed to artistic excellence, innovation, and accessibility, and supports a wide spectrum of artistic endeavors and a range of activity that makes the City of Toronto one of the leading cultural centers in Canada. Through its support, TAC cultivates a richer engagement between artists and audiences and reflects the City of Toronto through the diversity of artists, arts communities and audiences that it serves.

Organizations must conduct their literary activities on an annual, ongoing basis either throughout the year or on a seasonal basis. A single project does not constitute annual or seasonal activity. Organizations, whose level of activity varies from season to season, in keeping with their mandate, must describe their multi-year creation and production cycle. Annual and biennial festivals that have completed a minimum of two editions are also eligible.

These grants contribute to the artistic and administrative costs associated with an organization’s ongoing literary activities.

Applicants must demonstrate a range of revenue sources on an annual basis, including earned, government, and private sector revenues.

The Literary Committee evaluates all organizations applying for Annual Operating funding using the following assessment criteria in the context of each applicant’s stated mandate and direction, available resources and stage of development, and the geographic, cultural and artistic environments in which it works.
- Artistic Quality
- Development of the Art Form
- Role and Relevance in the Artistic Community
- Public Impact
- Financial and Administrative Viability

TAC is committed to equity and inclusion. The Foundation welcomes and encourages applications from all Toronto artists, arts organizations, and artist collectives. Specific equity measures or targeted programs are in place to ensure full access and participation by Indigenous artists, artists of color, artists who are Deaf, have disabilities or are living with mental illness, artists who self-identify as 2SLGBTQIAP, newcomer and refugee artists, young and emerging artists, and artists working outside the downtown core.

Included in the Equity Framework is an Equity Priority Policy, which states that if there are multiple well-assessed applications of equal merit in an adjudication round but insufficient funds in the grants budget to support all deserving candidates, applications proposed by applicants that self identify as belonging to one of Toronto Arts Council’s equity priority groups or that primarily involve or serve artists from these groups will be prioritized.

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GrantWatch ID#: 167061

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Literary Program provides Annual Operating support to professional nonprofit literary organizations (both incorporated and unincorporated).

To be eligible for Annual Operating funding, an applicant must:
- Be nonprofit;
- Be a professional Literary organization;
- Be located in the City of Toronto and have a significant portion of its activities occurring within the City;
- Have a history of sustained literary activity over the two years prior to this application;
- Have received a minimum of two projects grants through TAC’s Literary Projects program (grants awarded through the Appeal process are not counted);
- 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.

First-time applicants must have at least $75,000 in total revenues for the last completed year, and in projected revenues for the current and request years.

This program does not fund publishing.

TAC does not provide funding for capital projects (e.g. equipment, renovations, purchase of buildings), fundraising events, projects, or deficit reduction.

Pre-Application Information:

First-time applicants are organizations that did not receive an operating grant last year. First-time applicants must consult with the Literary program officer before submitting an operating grant application.

Application deadline: March 1, 2018. Applications remain available until 11:59:59 PM of the published deadline date.

Organizations may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Literary program and may not apply to other TAC discipline programs.

TAC does not fund 100% of an applicant’s budget. Applicants may receive less than the full amount requested.

Application Information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

Catalina Fellay-Dunbar, Literary Arts Officer
416-392-6802 x 224

Toronto Arts Council
200-26 Grand Trunk Crescent
Toronto, ON M5J 3A9

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City of Toronto

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario