Last Chance to Apply for an ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021, Grant

Application Deadline: September 10, 2020


Deer Park, BirdO, 2019

The City of Toronto is offering new funding opportunities for artists and not-for-profit arts organizations to develop projects as part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art in 2021. Eligible applicants are encouraged to submit a proposal by the September 10 deadline for a grant of up to $100k CAD. View program eligibility and application requirements at:

The City named 2021 as the year of public art to launch the City’s new 10-Year Public Art Strategy, adopted late in 2019. ArtworxTO will explore the unique role that art plays in the city, providing new opportunities for artists and audiences. Reflecting on the complex character of Toronto, ArtworxTO will improve access to and engagement with public art.

The initiative aims to leave a legacy of new programs across the city that reflect Toronto’s diversity and advance reconciliation through Indigenous place-making. City Council approved $1M in base funding in 2020 to fund artworks to be realized in 2021. This ArtworxTO grant funding will help support the arts sector’s role as a key part of the City’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Art and culture are integral components in Toronto’s economic vitality, social cohesion and liveability. ArtworxTO signals the City’s renewed commitment to public art and the artists behind it. The program will create more opportunities for the public to connect with the work and underscores the role of the arts sector as an essential element in a vibrant city. The ArtworxTO partnership support tiers cover everything from monetary grants, funding assistance and external partner matchmaking, to marketing, promotion and assistance acquiring and navigating City services such as venue, permitting and insurance.

Proposals will be reviewed by a Peer Review Panel comprised of independent external advisors, including: artists, sector advocates, and community cultural champions. Projects will be adjudicated on a competitive basis. Application result notifications will be sent on, or before, October 8, 2020.


Three Discs, Menashe Kadishman, 1967

ArtworxTO Partnership Grant Eligibility:

  • Partnership Grants are open to Toronto-based individuals, not-for-profit organizations, groups and/or collectives operating on a not-for-profit basis.
  • The application must be for a project that will be realized by a professional artist as defined by Canada Council for the Arts.
  • Preference will be given to works that:
    ◦   are implemented on a scale that will be noticed as out of the ordinary;
    ◦   are of significant duration
    ◦   are realized in inclusive barrier-free sites that are always publicly accessible;
    ◦   demonstrate intention to engage with the public
  • To be an eligible partner in the areas of venue space, funding or other, the entity must be able to provide an opportunity for hosting or otherwise facilitating a public art project at no cost to the producing partner
  • Administration expenses may not exceed 10 percent of total budget. On-going staff salaries are not eligible as project expenses.
  • Grants may only be used for the purposes outlined in the application.
  • The City of Toronto requires that all organizations and individuals adopt a policy of non-discrimination as a condition of receiving a grant or other support from the City.

For details on how to submit an ArtworxTO Partnership Grant application, including eligibility criteria, application requirements and deadlines, visit:


Ephemeral Artifacts, Anandam Dancetheatre/Brandy Leary, 2019

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