This event is held annually in the Winter. For more info, email info@artreach.org

Are you a young artist or youth organizer? Have you been looking for funding for your projects? Do you find the funding world to be intimidating, confusing, or inaccessible?

At this free annual networking event, participants have a chance to connect directly with representatives of various funding and granting organizations that support youth arts projects in the city. Learn about different funding opportunities, get some face-to-face consultation time with potential funders, and gain the knowledge to overcome barriers in accessing funding.

Past guests have included organizations like: ArtReach, the City of Toronto, StreetART Toronto, CUE, FACTOR, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Identify N’ Impact, the Laidlaw Foundation, and the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration’s Cultural Development Fund, and the Toronto Enterprise Fund.

 

Funders Speed Dating (December 2015)

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On Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, ArtReach hosted it’s annual Funder Speed Dating event at the beautiful ArtScape Sandbox building in downtown Toronto.

At this free networking event, participants had the chance to connect directly with representatives of various funding and granting organizations that support youth and arts projects in Ontario. Participants learned about different funding opportunities, got face-to-face time with potential funders, and gained the knowledge to help them overcome barriers in accessing funding. The goal of this session was to help youth make relationships with funders and sources of support for their arts projects.

This event also saw amazing spoken word piece performed by PSL’s Patrick de Belen, and the event’s music was provided by DJ Flex of All Trades

Funder Speed Dating 2015 received support from the following funders: Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Factor, the City of Toronto, and ArtReach.


Funder Speed Dating (November 2014)

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On November 25, 2014, ArtReach × Youth Opportunities Fund hosted their annual networking event, Funder Speed Dating. At this free networking event, participants had a chance to connect directly with representatives of various funding and granting organizations, learned about different funding opportunities, got some face-to-face time with potential funders, and gained knowledge to help overcome barriers in accessing funding.

Guest funders included: Kate Fraser, ArtReach; Okeima Lawrence, City of Toronto; Suzanne Paes, City of Toronto; Kristina Hausmanis, StreetARToronto; Ashton Shearer, CUE; Erin Kiyonaga, FACTOR; Carolyn Gloude, Ontario Arts Council; Janice Lambrakos, Ontario Arts Council; Tabish Surani, Youth Opportunities Fund/Ontario Trillium Foundation; and Peter Kingstone, Toronto Arts Council.


Funder Speed Dating (November 2013)

On November 27th, 2013, ArtReach hosted it’s annual Funder Speed Dating networking event. At this event, youth had the chance to meet face to face with potential funders in order to better understand the funding available to them in the City of Toronto. Youth were able to discuss their projects with funders and ask questions about getting their programs off the ground. This event was held at the Centre at 918 Bathurst.

This year, funders included: Kate Fraser, ArtReach Toronto; Laurie O’Dell, Identify N’ Impact – City of Toronto; Suzanne Paes, Identify N’ Impact – City of Toronto; Lilie Zendel, StreetARToronto – City of Toronto; Jason Samilski, CUE Collective; Denis LeFebvre, Laidlaw Foundation; Michelle Miller-Guillot, Cultural Development Fund – Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration; Bushra Junaid, Outreach and Development Manager – Ontario Arts Council

Michael Murray, Ontario Arts Council, Anne-Marie Beneteau, CI Grant Program & Youth Opportunities Fund – Ontario Trillium Foundation; Andrew Suri, Community Arts Program – Toronto Arts Council; Kerry Swanson, Outreach and Evaluation Officer – Toronto Arts Council; and Margo Charlton, Theatre Officer & TAF Research Manager – Toronto Arts Council

The night also included a special performance by ArtReach family member, Victoria Mejicano!


Funder Speed Dating (November 2012)

On November 28th, 2012, ArtReach hosted it’s annual Funder Speed Dating event at Daniel’s Spectrum in Regent Park. This year featured a performance by the incredible RISE Poetry group.

Youth participant Markus Starks commented, “the funder speed dating event really help me to see the available funding out there. I met many contacts and was able to shake hands and reason with most of the funding organization’s ambassadors. I want to thank ArtReach and the volunteers for this amazing opportunity to learn!”

Funders included: Andrew Suri- Toronto Arts Council; Nasreen Khan and Michael Murray- Ontario Arts Council; Ana Skinner- Laidlaw Foundation; Anne-Marie Beneteau- Ontario Trillium Foundation; Carol Law- Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration; Giselle Wiazek- Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport; Jason Samilski- CUE Collective; Derick Asante- ArtReach; Brent Bain- FACTOR; Augusto Mathias- City of Toronto; and Shequita Thompson- I’NI Funding.


Funder Speed Dating (February 2011)

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On February 16, 2011 ArtReach Toronto hosted a Funder Speed Dating event at The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West) in Toronto.

The event was an opportunity for youth to meet with grant staff from Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Laidlaw Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Factor, City of Toronto Identify ‘N Impact Fund and Toronto Enterprise Fund. The purpose of the event was to provide youth with funding information, resources and an opportunity for networking.

The event opened with a short krump dance performance by urban dance crew North Buck, and commenced with presentations from each funding organization. Staff from each organization talked about the types of funding they provide, eligibility/submission guidelines, general information on applying for grants, how proposals are evaluated, and what makes a grant ultimately successful.

Funder stations were set up with groups of approximately 8-10 youth and young artists at each. Every 10 minutes, the groups of youth moved to a new station where funders had an opportunity to describe their programs in more detail and answer quick questions. This activity gave youth a chance to meet face-to-face with Toronto funders and discuss how their ideas and projects could be supported further.  

The event highlighted the critical need for funding to support youth and arts projects, and the ongoing need for capacity building supports as well as access to mentorship, space and production facilities. Those in attendance included a wide range of youth artists and creative leaders running arts projects across the city. Over 75 youth from across the City of Toronto attended the event, and many remarked that they found the event useful in that it not only provided ample information on granting opportunities, but provided an invaluable opportunity to meet other people working in the youth and arts sector. Overall a very successful event!