An online version of the guidelines can be found here.
2017 marks the fifth intake of this program and the second last before we undertake a program review. We are already anticipating some exciting changes to the ways we approach the learning network and how we translate the learning externally, as well as introducing better ways to equip grantees to dive more quickly into their initiatives by front-loading the process and testing assumptions earlier. Within this frame, we have begun to introduce some new approaches to the current crop of grantees and will continue to do so for the 2017 and 2018 cohorts.
In order to prepare for the review, we have decided to announce both the 2017 and 2018 focus issues at this time:
- 2017: engaging audiences and/or building communities around your work (the same focus issue as the 2014 cohort)
- 2018: providing opportunities for artistic work to achieve its potential (the same focus issue as the incoming 2016 cohort)
This means that over six intakes, we will have addressed each focus issue twice. This reflects the recently re-framed goals for the Performing Arts Program that wish to engage with and support a thriving, healthy and adaptive performing arts environment that we understand as the dynamic balance between art, people and resources. The three focus issues specifically point to one of these three fundamental elements: art (framed as artistic potential), people (framed as audience and community engagement) and resources (framed as revenue diversification).
We are also announcing both the 2017 and 2018 focus issues so that applicants can plan the timing of their requests based on how their current and upcoming ambitions and organizational plans best fit into one focus issue or the other. Please take the time to consider which focus issue is better for you. Also, please note: in 2017, you can only apply to the 2017 focus issue. If you are unsuccessful, you can apply again in 2018 but only to the 2018 focus issue.
Here are some other changes to the 2017 application process that you need to know:
- We are no longer accepting one or two year applications; all initiatives must be imagined over three years.
- We are introducing a gap year so that new applicants who are current CrSI grantees must wait one year after the completion of their initiative before applying again. For example, the 2014 cohort cannot apply again until 2018.
- All applicants who are located outside the City of Toronto but within the GTA and who have a strong presence in the city, MUST contact me prior to submitting a LOI to determine eligibility.
- We are no longer requiring hard copies of applications; both the LOI and the full application will now only be accepted electronically.
- Although the practice has been in place for some time, we wanted to clearly state that we conduct learning network suitability interviews for those who are invited to submit full applications.
Furthermore, I will be offering two opportunities to learn more about the application process. The first is an in-person information session on January 25, 2017, in which I will discuss the program goals and how to prepare your LOI. On March 28, 2017, I will offer a webinar for those invited to submit a full application to offer more specific text and budget guidance.
CrSI 2017 Deadlines:
- General information session January 25, 3:00 - 5:00pm YWCA, 87 Elm Street, Toronto
- Letters of interest March 6, 2:00pm
- Invitations to submit full applications March 20
- Full application webinar March 28, 11:00am
- Full applications April 24, 2:00pm
- Learning network interviews May 15 - 26
- Grant notifications June 23
Please be in touch with Heather Dunford, Grants Manager (hdunford@metcalffoundation.
com), if you have any questions.