ArtReach is a funding program designed to support youth arts initiatives in Toronto that foster youth engagement and provide high quality arts opportunities. $300,000 in grants are available to support youth arts projects, thanks to our amazing partnership with the Toronto Arts Council.
ArtReach aims to support meaningful engagement of Toronto youth (13-29), who have experienced and/or are experiencing exclusion from active participation in quality arts opportunities.
ArtReach will support projects that:
* “Under-served communities” refers to under-resourced geographic areas as well as under-resourced groups. This could include neighborhoods or Toronto Community Housing units (for example Chester Le or Flemingdon Park), as well as groups with specific experiences, cultures or identities (for example, youth who identify as Queer and/or Trans*, or youth in the Eritrean diaspora). ArtReach encourages applicants to describe their community, and the needs of its members, in their proposals.
** “Quality arts opportunities” go beyond an introduction to the art form and offer experiences that have a personal or emotional impact on the participant, and a positive impact on the broader community. They also provide participants with sufficient resources to develop tangible skills in the given art form.
***”Meaningful youth engagement” includes youth being involved in the governance of a group or organization, as well as being involved in decision making around project planning, implementation, management and evaluation. Note that ArtReach’s mandate is to support youth-led initiatives, where primary decision-making rests with young people aged 13-29.
Refer to the glossary at the bottom of this page for definitions of underlined terms.
ArtReach wishes to support innovative youth projects that may not be supported elsewhere. ArtReach is about access, reducing barriers and increasing opportunities for youth and other active and interested organizations, individual artists and collectives to create or continue quality arts projects or programming. New and emerging art forms will be considered, and are encouraged.
To be eligible for funding, projects must have all of the following key features:
ArtReach embraces a broad definition of culture and is looking to support both emerging and traditional art forms, as well as popular art forms. This includes but is not limited to music, dance, drama, creative writing, poetry & spoken word, carnival and circus, film and video, TV and radio, photography, new media, multi-media, visual arts, graffiti & street art, graphic design, textiles, fashion design, crafts, the 5 elements of hip hop etc. Please tell us about your art form and it’s ability to engage young people.
Sample projects include:
ArtReach’s funding mandate is to support projects being carried out by youth and youth-led groups and organizations, where leadership positions and decision-making responsibilities are held by young people. Accordingly, young people will drive funding applications and project management activities. We recognize that there are many models for youth-led projects (including those that include administrative partners and adult mentors). In your application please describe your model in detail. ArtReach’s main point of contact should be the young person leading the project.
*Proposals from applicants that are not youth-led initiatives will be considered where the barriers being faced by the youth participants are severe. In these cases, there must be a strong youth engagement model in place, and a plan for supporting youth to play meaningful leadership roles. If this applies, please contact the program manager to discuss.
Individual artists, groups of artists, unincorporated organizations, nonprofit and charitable organizations may apply for community project grants at the following funding levels. In your application, please submit a budget for one of the exact amounts below, or round your budget up to the nearest thousand. Make sure your budget accurately reflects what you need to complete your activities, as well as pay artists and team members.
Apply for a $5,000 pilot project if…
Apply for a $10,000 Phase One Project if…
You can ONLY apply for a $15,000 Phase Two Project If…
Expenses directly related to the project can be included in your funding request. These may include:
* If there are other expenses not included in the above list that are critical to the success of your project, please discuss this with ArtReach staff, as it may be eligible depending on the project.
ArtReach is not intended to fund the following:
If your project is eligible, the ArtReach Grant Review Team (GRT) will review your application and funding request. The GRT is a group of young volunteers representing youth, non-profit/community organizations and artists. Results are announced within 60 days of the deadline.
If your project is not approved for funding, you are encouraged to reapply and should speak to the staff who may be able to advise you on next steps.
A budget includes a detailed outline of project expenses (monies going out such as salaries for staff, rent, photocopying, etc) and revenues (monies coming in such as fundraising, grants, etc.). Budget expenses should include in-kind contributions (donations of service or product that would otherwise be an additional expense such as the donation of free meeting space in a community centre). For more info see our Grant Writing 101 toolkit
Projects funded are expected to include evaluation as one of the project’s activities. Evaluation looks at whether or not (and why) the project was successful in achieving its goals and objectives. There are many ways to collect this information, for more info see our Evaluation 101 toolkit
An artist that has demonstrated skills and/or training in his or her artistic field (not necessarily obtained in an academic institution); is recognized as such by his or her peers; is committed to devoting more time to the artistic activity if he or she can afford to; and has a history of public presentation (Adapted from existing Laidlaw Foundation web glossary).
A socially inclusive community is one in which every member can fully participate without barriers or discrimination. A project that promotes social inclusion supports youth to overcome barriers, or works with youth to break them down.
A project work plan outlines the major activities and expected completion dates related to the project from start (planning) to finish (post-project evaluation). For example, a project work plan would include information about special events (e.g. performances, exhibitions), staffing, volunteer recruitment, fundraising, etc.
Youth who have experienced exclusion
Youth who have been marginalized on the basis of race, neighbourhood, language, newcomer status, disability, gender, sexual orientation or any other factors.