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The Cultural Festivals Funding Program (CFFP) has been designed to support the development of the festival sector in a manner that is accessible, transparent and accountable. The CFFP will advance the City’s access, equity and inclusion goals, including reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

The program provides financial support to recurring cultural festivals whose programming supports city-building, focuses on engaging with the people of Toronto, serves Toronto residents across the city, and promotes opportunities for emerging artists, Indigenous artists, and artists from other groups.  A significant programming component must be free to the public.

The decision to fund all or part of an applicant’s request will depend on the festival’s alignment with City of Toronto’s current strategic priorities, assessment criteria and overall demand for funds in the program.


For the purpose of this program, a “cultural festival” is defined as a collection of arts and cultural activities presented over a minimum of a one-day period with a common theme. A festival may be devoted to one or more artistic discipline and be produced annually or once every two years. The cultural festival is primarily free to the public, takes place in the public realm, has general appeal and a public profile.

Cultural festival programming includes performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, interdisciplinary arts, craft, design and expressions of cultural identity.

“Equity deserving groups” include women, racialized groups, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, undocumented individuals, 2SLGBTQ+ people, people of low income and other groups the City identifies as historically underrepresented.

Funding Streams & Application Intake

Funding is available through three program funding streams:

  • Multi-Year Operating
  • Annual Operating
  • Projects

Applications for 2022 funding will close on February 11, 2022.

Please note that an organization can receive only one grant from the Cultural Festival Funding Program per calendar year.

General Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, applicants must have a head office in the City of Toronto (except for Band Councils, Tribal Councils or other Indigenous governments) and/or be one of the following:

  • An incorporated not for profit organization
  • A local band council, a local tribal council or other local Indigenous government (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) or equivalent authority
  • A Business Improvement Area (must apply to the Project stream)
  • An incorporated not for profit community organization partnering with unincorporated individuals or collectives producing a cultural festival
  • Have successfully organized a prior edition of the festival, within the last two years, that meets the eligibility requirements of CFFP
  • Present significant cultural programming that is free to the public

More detail is available in the downloadable program guidelines PDF.

Eligible organizations must submit their application on the City of Toronto’s Grants, Rebates and Incentives portal. More detail is available in the downloadable TGRIP User Guide PDF. Please read and then register and set up your account Opens in new window.

Online Information sessions about the application process for the CFFP will be held in January 2022:

  • Tuesday, January 11, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 18, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

To register to attend an information session please email with the date and time of the session you would prefer in the subject line.

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