Applications for the 2022 Cultural Hotspot program are now closed. The list of accepted projects will be available in the spring.

Signature Projects are intended for established organizations with a proven track record to successfully deliver mid to large-sized community-based arts and cultural projects. These projects are free for both participants and the public, which aim to promote and grow community arts and provide new opportunities to engage residents in the arts and celebrate local creativity and culture through workshops, activities, events and other initiatives. Youth employment and/or mentorship opportunities are built into each Signature Project with priority given to youth from equity-deserving communities.

Signature Projects are eligible for funding of up to $22,000 each including designated funds to make projects more accessible for persons with disabilities. There are usually six Signature Projects selected per funding cycle.

See the complete list of Signature Projects for 2021.

In 2022, SPARK Projects will enable new, emerging or established local arts and community-based organizations to receive funding from the City of Toronto to celebrate arts, culture and community in Little Jamaica and Golden Mile. Through seed funding and youth mentorships, SPARK supports emerging and equity-deserving artists and arts organizations – enhancing artistic talents, while growing community arts through accessible and free workshops, activities, events or other initiatives.

SPARK Project funding is up to $7,500 per project, including designated funds for youth mentorship and/or employment opportunities, and designated funds to make projects more accessible for persons with disabilities. There are usually 20 to 25 SPARK Projects selected per funding cycle.

See the complete list of SPARK Projects for 2021.

Community Connects information sessions provide important details on how to get involved with the Cultural Hotspot program. These sessions are designed for arts and community organizations, residents, not-for-profits, Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), artists and artist collectives based in or experienced working in Little Jamaica or Golden Mile. They take place before the annual programming season. Recordings of the following Community Connect information sessions are available to watch online: