2023 Cultural Hotspot Signature and SPARK project funding applications for Little Jamaica are now open. Deadline to apply is January 16, 2023.

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 three to five Signature Projects selected per funding cycle.

Review the requirements and selection criteria in the Signature Projects Call for Proposals form.

SPARK Projects 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 the Little Jamaica neighbourhood. 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 $9,000 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 up to ten SPARK Projects selected per funding cycle.

Review the requirements and selection criteria in the SPARK Projects Call for Proposals form.