2021 Signature and SPARK Projects are expected to run between May and December. A call for 2022 project proposals will be announced in November 2021.

SPARK Projects enable new, emerging or established local arts and community-based organizations to partner with the City of Toronto to celebrate arts, culture and community in the inner suburbs – East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough and York. Through seed funding and youth mentorships, SPARK supports emerging and equity-seeking 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 $5,000 per project. Typically there are 20 to 25 SPARK Projects in a funding cycle.

SPARK Projects Information Session

Watch on demand the virtual information session (recorded November 26, 2020) to learn more about the SPARK application process as the Cultural Hotspot team goes through the application form, budget and timeline.

Community Connect

Recorded Community Connect Session (recorded September 24, 2020) offers information on SPARK Project funding opportunities, insight and discussion about community engaged public art projects from attendees and presenters including Anthony Gebrehiwot (Photographer), Beth Helmers (Community Arts Guild) and Shana Hillman (East End Arts), and more.

Signature Projects are collaborative partnerships between the City of Toronto and established organizations with a proven track record to successfully deliver mid to large-sized community based arts and cultural projects. These projects are free to both participants and the public, 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 are a built-in component of each Signature project with priority given to youth from equity-seeking communities.

Signature Project funding is up to $20,000 per project. Typically there are up to six Signature Projects in a funding cycle.