The Application for the Partnership Program is now closed for 2022.

The StART Partnership Program provides support and up to $60,000 in funding for large-scale projects that support the program’s mission to revitalize and engage communities through mural, street, and graffiti art. StART values projects that are aligned with broader neighbourhood revitalization efforts and target areas of graffiti vandalism and is interested in partnering on projects that:

  • are innovative in terms of design, delivery, and message
  • are valuable to the community, reflect neighbourhood identities, and are site-specific in design
  • demonstrate a strong community engagement component
  • foster expanded partnerships within the arts community
  • provide mentorship or training opportunities for youth or emerging artists

StART Partnership Program Objectives

  • Enhance Toronto’s streets and public spaces
  • Engage and vitalize Toronto communities through physical enhancements and related events
  • Showcase local artists and mentor emerging talent
  • Counteract graffiti vandalism
  • Celebrate the City of Toronto Motto Diversity Our Strength, and foster a greater sense of belonging among all

Eligibility Requirements

  • Individual artists, artist collectives, cultural producers and not-for-profit or charitable organization operating in the City of Toronto may apply
  • All projects and related activities must be located in Toronto
  • Written authorization from property owner is required at the time of application

Evaluation & Timelines

Proposals will be reviewed by a Selection Committee including external art jurors and StART subject matter experts, and assessed on the following criteria:

  • Achieves StART’s overall objectives and priorities including strong local support and evidence of connecting with a neighbourhood’s improvement strategy (30%)
  • Ability to illustrate how the project reflects, chronicles, or supports the distinct character of the community and overall artistic quality (25%)
  • Organizational background (history of community work and experience with street art projects) (15%)
  • Mentorship (how will the project serve as a meaningful pathway for youth and emerging artists) (10%)
  • Ability to leverage in kind, private or public support (10%)
  • Technical Feasibility (visibility of site, strong maintenance plan, project co-ordination, and workplan) (10%)

For projects that are recommended for funding, the external advisory committee will determine which ones get produced in 2022 based on how well developed the community consultation and engagement sessions are outlined and planned. Projects that require a longer runway to effectively produce and deliver thorough consultation and engagement with the community will be recommended for production in 2023. Remember that the Partnership Program is intended for projects that work with a community.

To apply to the StART Partnership Program, please download, read and complete the following application requirements: