Funding Resources

In addition to municipal, provincial, and Canada-wide funding programs, arts organizations may also find resources available from private organizations and foundations. Some funders have longstanding programs to meet a certain need, while others are developing new programs to respond to current issues in community building, economic development, or facing the creative sector at large. Each funder will have specific eligibility criteria related to things such as project or operating costs with requirements that also designate the exact type of cultural, community-based, creative, or artistic programming that is supported.
Funding for Capital Projects- Canadian Capital Funding Resources for Cultural Facilities
Canadian Capital Funding Resources for Cultural Facilities provides detailed information on both government and private funding programs found across Canada for cultural facilities and infrastructure. Arts Council
The Toronto Arts Council provides both project and operational funding to professional arts organizations and community arts groups. Their Neighbourhood Arts Network lists several corporate and public sector funders that provide financial resources to arts organizations.

Ontario Arts Council
The Ontario Arts Council has numerous programs that provide both project and operating grants to arts organizations and professional artists of many disciplines.

Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts provides numerous grants to artists and professional arts organizations across the country. Specifically related to placemaking, The Artists and Community Collaboration Program (ACCP) supports diverse artistic activities that bring together professional artists and the broader community.

Canadian Heritage
Canadian Heritage is responsible for national policies and programs that promote Canadian content, foster cultural participation, active citizenship and participation in Canada’s civic life, and strengthen connections among Canadians.

Ontario Arts Foundation
The Ontario Arts Foundation manages over 300 endowment funds with a market value of $74 million. In 2015, the Ontario Arts Foundation paid out $3.0 million in support of the arts in Ontario. While each fund is dedicated to a specific purpose, funds are pooled for investment purposes.

Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture
This Ministry provides leadership within the arts and culture community to support a strong and stable culture sector that will help to build vibrant and liveable communities and a creative and innovative knowledge-based economy in Ontario.

Ontario Ministry of Economic Development
The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development encourages innovation and growth that benefits Ontario’s economy. It has several programs to encourage the innovation, entrepreneurship and the prosperity of small and medium sized businesses.

Ontario Trillium Foundation
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is a provincial granting agency that helps build “healthy vibrant communities in Ontario”. The new Community Capital Fund (CCF) will support infrastructure projects that help Ontario’s not-for-profit organizations deliver important public services to diverse cultural communities.

City of Toronto Cultural Services
Cultural Services provides detailed information and numerous programs to supports arts and culture across the City of Toronto. Information on Cultural Planning, Cultural Mapping, and Public Art are of particular relevance to creative placemaking.

Martin Prosperity Institute
The University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute is a leader in creative economy research and current thinking related to cultural industries, and creative clusters.

ArtsBuild Ontario
ArtsBuild Ontario is currently developing a Facilities Portal to share knowledge and resources around arts facilities.


Creative Trust
“Creative Trust is a collaborative capacity building organization that helps Toronto’s mid-size and small performing arts companies develop skills and achieve financial health and balance.”

Business for the Arts
“Business for the Arts is dedicated to increasing the quantity and quality of partnerships between business and the arts through a cohesive set of programs that foster and promote business leadership in the arts, facilitate funding relationships, and connect businesses to the arts for funding, volunteering, and workshops.”

Metcalf Foundation
“The goal of the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation is to enhance the effectiveness of people and organizations working together to help Canadians imagine and build a just, healthy, and creative society.”