Applications are now open for the 2022 Cultural Hotspot program. Signature and SPARK project submissions will be accepted until February 15.

Join an online information session to learn more about the Cultural Hotspot program. 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 the Golden Mile area are invited to participate.

Little Jamaica – Community Connect Information Sessions

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Golden Mile – Community Connect Information Sessions

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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 Project funding is up to $22,000 per project, including designated funds to make projects more accessible for persons with disabilities. There are usually up to six Signature Projects in a funding cycle.

Funding Information Sessions

Join a virtual information session to learn how to apply for a Signature Project in Little Jamaica or the Golden Mile area. The Cultural Hotspot team will walk you through the application process, including the application form, budget and timelines.

Registrants should be based in or experienced working in Little Jamaica or the Golden Mile area, and have attended or watched a Community Connect Information Session recording.

Register for a Funding Information Session

Create a Community Arts Signature Project

The Cultural Hotspot is seeking high-impact and innovative project proposals that foster community engagement and create opportunities for people to connect and participate in community arts through workshops, activities, events and other initiatives.

Interested applicants are encouraged to review the Signature Projects Call for Proposals that outlines application requirements, selection criteria and benefits of participating in the Cultural Hotspot. See the Signature Project application questions. The preview document allows for responses to be prepared before the application is submitted.

Deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Alternate application formats are available and can be requested by email at CulturalHotspot@Toronto.ca.

Apply for Signature Project funding

 

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 the Golden Mile areas. 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 in a funding cycle.

Funding Information Sessions

Learn how to apply for a SPARK Project in Little Jamaica or the Golden Mile area by joining a virtual information session. The Cultural Hotspot team will walk you through the application process, including the application form, budget and timelines.

Registrants should be based in or experienced working in Little Jamaica or the Golden Mile area, and have attended or watched a Community Connect Information Session recording.

Register for a Funding Information Session

Create a Community Arts SPARK Project

The Cultural Hotspot is seeking innovative project proposals that foster community engagement and create opportunities for people to connect and participate in community arts through workshops, activities, events and other initiatives.

Applicants are encouraged to review the SPARK Projects Call for Proposals document that outlines requirements and an overview of the proposal process. See the SPARK Project application questions. The preview document allows for responses to be prepared before application is submitted. Independent artists and organizations or collectives that do not hold not-for-profit status must work with a trustee organization to receive funding. Learn more about working with a trustee.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Alternate application formats are available and can be requested by email at CulturalHotspot@Toronto.ca.

Apply for SPARK Project funding