Application Deadline: September 22, 2015
Toronto Arts Council’s Indigenous Arts Projects program is an annual multi-disciplinary project grant specifically for Indigenous artists, collectives and organizations. For the purpose of this program, “Indigenous” is defined as a Canadian Aboriginal person who self-defines as First Nations (Status or Non-status), Métis, or Inuit. TAC recognizes that in the diverse mosaic of Toronto, Indigenous people are the original inhabitants of the City, which has great historical and cultural significance as a place for ceremony, gathering, trade, and exchange.
The program is designed to increase participation in and access to Toronto Arts Council funding by Indigenous artists, while increasing the creation and presentation of high-quality Indigenous art in the City.
- Individuals must identify as Indigenous (Status or Non-Status First Nations, Métis, or Inuit)
- Individuals must have been a resident of the City of Toronto for at least one year prior to the deadline, and live and work in Toronto for at least 8 months a year. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet the residency requirement.
- Applicants who are pursuing a graduate degree may not apply for work related to their thesis. Note: A letter from the graduate program director confirming that the project is not related to the graduate student’s thesis may be required. Please discuss with Grants Officer in advance.
- Individuals may receive one TAC Discipline project grant, including Indigenous Project grants, per calendar year. However, TAC offers other types of granting opportunities through its Strategic Initiatives envelope, and you may be eligible to apply to one of these programs. Please consult TAC’s website for other granting opportunities.
- Individuals must submit any outstanding final reports for previously-awarded TAC grants before applying to Indigenous Arts Projects.
If you have any questions about your eligibility, or the eligibility of your project, please contact the program officer, Kerry Swanson.
Organizations or Collectives:
- Organizations and collectives must be incorporated non-profit organizations or unincorporated collectives which operate on a non-profit basis;
- Organizations and collectives must be located in the City of Toronto. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet this requirement;
- Organizations and collectives may receive only one TAC Arts Discipline project grant, including Indigenous Arts Project grants, per calendar year. However, TAC offers other types of granting opportunities through its Strategic Initiatives envelope, and you may be eligible to apply to one of these programs.
- Organizations and collectives must submit any outstanding final reports for previously-awarded TAC grants before applying to Indigenous Arts Projects.
Collectives are defined as:
- Two or more artists working together under a group name, either on a single project (ad hoc) or on an ongoing basis;
- For collectives of two artists, both must be City of Toronto residents and Indigenous. For collectives of more than two artists, the majority of members must be City of Toronto residents and Indigenous.
Organizations must be:
- Artistically and financially controlled by an Indigenous person, as defined above;
- 51% majority of Indigenous members on Board of Directors;
- 51% majority of Indigenous members on Board Executive.
The following are not eligible to apply to this program:
- Non-Indigenous artists, organizations and collectives;
- Organizations and collectives that receive Operating funding from TAC;
- Undergraduate students.
 As legally recognized in the Canadian Constitution Act, 1982.