Submission deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 24.
The Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnerships Fund supports partnerships and collaborations that create new opportunities and visibility for Indigenous-led arts and culture. The fund aims to spark new relationships between Indigenous artists, arts and culture leaders and professionals, and potential partners at both the grassroots and institutional levels.
Toronto has been an important site for gathering, trading and celebration for Indigenous people for thousands of years. It is the treaty territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit and its land and waters have been stewarded by the Haudenosaunee, the Huron Wendat and the Anishinaabe. Toronto continues to be home to many diverse Indigenous peoples, whose artistic and creative contributions are vital to the fabric of the city. The City of Toronto recognizes the rich Indigenous history of this land, and our responsibility in fostering strong relations between the municipality and the First Nations, Inuit and Métis people who call Toronto home.
- The lead applicant must be an Indigenous (Status or Non-Status First Nation, Inuit, Métis) individual, group, collective or organization;
- Partners can be Indigenous or non-Indigenous groups, collectives or organizations;
- Both applicants and partners must be Toronto-based. Applicants must reside in the City of Toronto for six months plus one day per year for the year immediately prior to the application deadline (M postal code). A PO box is not an eligible address;
- The majority of activities must take place in Toronto;
- Partners must have a Toronto office or physical location (M postal code).
- Partner confirmation is required with a completed partner questionnaire and an in-kind or financial contribution to the project.
- For-profit organizations;
- Students whose project or initiatives are related to their school work;
- Non-residents of the City of Toronto;
- Groups, collectives or organizations that are non-Indigenous controlled (50 per cent Indigenous Board, executive staff, and/or membership);
- Core operating staff salaries and core operating costs of an incorporated non-profit organization.
Completed application forms for the Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnerships Program (Incubation Stream and Activation Stream) are due on Friday, May 24 by 5 p.m.
Late applications will not be accepted. Download Program Guidelines .
To request application forms please contact:
Cultural Development Officer
100 Queen St. W.
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
All questions prior to the application deadline may be directed by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Indigenous for the purpose of this program is defined as Status and Non-Status First Nations, Inuit or Métis people. This funding is open to Indigenous residents of the City of Toronto.
Groups and Collectives are defined as consisting of more than two people, of whom at least 50 per cent who are First Nations, Inuit or Métis and live in Toronto. The group or collective must who have a bank account in the name of their name in order to receive funding from the City of Toronto in this program.
Non-profit Indigenous Organizations are defined as an incorporated non-profit with 51 per cent of board members and key leadership staff (Executive Director, Finance Director, Artistic Director) who are First Nations, Inuit or Métis people.
Partners may be Indigenous or non-Indigenous, for-profit or non-profit arts, cultural or other types of organizations, groups or collectives. They do not receive direct funding from the City of Toronto through this program, and are expected to contribute to the project through financial or in-kind support which may include time, training, mentorship, or expertise.
Economic Benefits may include creating access to paid work opportunities; promoting a field of practice where there is a lack of representation or opportunity for Indigenous people; creating opportunities for buyers or marketplace to access work; or building new audiences for Indigenous creative work.
Residencies may include arts and culture creation and presentation; business and administration; technical skills development including for designers, production crew, and creative back-end roles; research and development; learning and exchange.
Culture in this context refers to Indigenous ways of life, knowledge and worldviews, and includes artistic and cultural expressions that are traditional and/or contemporary.
Applications will be assessed by a committee made up of Indigenous community members. The committee will assess the projects based on the following criteria:
Readiness and Sustainability
- Does the project meet the objectives of the fund?
- Is the project timely and well suited to the person, group or organization undertaking it?
- Is the partner a good match for the objectives to the program and offering clear benefit and exchange to the recipient?
- Is there a strong team working on, or supporting, the project?
- Does the project have the potential to serve as a model for future opportunities in the City?
- Will the project have a clear benefit to the participant/s or external audiences?
- Will there be benefits resulting in the partnership such as new relationships, new learning, new understanding?
- Will there be short and long-term impact as a result of the project?
- Are there appropriate evaluation mechanisms?
- Have they articulated the economic benefits?
- Does the applicant have a track record of success that is relevant to this project?
- Have they demonstrated the skills and expertise to undertake this project?
- Is their timeline and workplan realistic?
- Is their budget appropriate to the project, with potential to scale if projected revenue is not achieved?
All applicants will be notified of the assessment results in July 2019. Successful applicants will be required to submit:
- Letter of Agreement with the City of Toronto
- Memo of Understanding with Partner
- Declaration of Compliance with City’s Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy (to be signed by applicant and partner)
Successful applicants will receive 90 per cent of the funding amount on completion of the required documents. The final 10 per cent will be released on delivery of a final report on project completion.
Applicants have a maximum of two years from the notification date to complete their projects. Applicants cannot apply for the program again until a final report is submitted.