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2019 Funding Opportunities for Toronto-area Mural and Visual Artists








City of Toronto – Transportation Service

StART Outside the Box Program


Opportunity for local artists to create works of art on traffic signal boxes across Toronto. March or April, 2019

*date TBA

Bell Box Murals Bell Box Murals Opportunity for local artists to create works of art on Bell Boxes across Toronto.


Summer* 2019

*dates TBA

FUNDING- For Individual Artists, Organizations, Groups, or Collectives


City of Toronto – Transportation Service

StreetARToronto Partnership Program Funding of up to $50 000 for partnership projects that

revitalize communities and enhance/promote through street art. Open to incorporated not-for-profit

organizations. Individual artists/collectives are

encouraged to apply through a not-for-profit sponsor.

Feb 15, 2019
StART Underpass Program (StART UP) Qualified Artists will be selected as part of the transformation of selected underpasses with an installation of a mural, enhanced lighting, improved sidewalks and walking conditions, pigeon proofing and the removal of weeds.


*date TBA
StART Support Mural Program Property owners who have received a Notice of Violation for Graffiti from Municipal Licensing & Standards or can otherwise prove they are experiencing issues with graffiti are eligible to receive up to $2,000 of direct material purchases.


Rolling application, open year-round

No application deadline.

City of Toronto – Economic Development Outdoor Mural & Street Art Program BIAs and community groups with strong business participation can receive one-time funding for outdoor mural projects that help promote a local theme and facilitate commercial or industrial neighbourhood identity.


Thursday, March 28, 2019


Toronto Arts Council Animating Toronto Streets – Nuit Blanche


A 2019 pilot program that supports temporary art projects taking place in the public right of way during Nuit Blanche Toronto 2019.


Feb 14, 2019
Community Arts Project Grants


For Toronto non-profit organizations and collectives to pursue one-time or time-limited community arts projects


February 4 and August 1, 2019
Visual & Media Arts Projects


For professional, non-profit Toronto visual arts/media arts organizations and collectives to pursue one-time or time-limited projects involving the exhibition or distribution of contemporary visual or media arts and/or other activities that contribute to the development of the visual arts/media arts in Toronto.


March 4 and August 1, 2019
Ontario Arts Council Visual Arts Projects Supports organizations, ad hoc groups/collectives and independent curators to present projects that exhibit, document or disseminate the work of professional Ontario visual artists or provide professional development for artists.


June 19 and November 28, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
Exhibition Assistance Supports Ontario-based artists and artist collectives working in visual arts, craft and media art practices in the presentation of their artwork in a confirmed public exhibition. minimum $500, maximum $2,000


Typically June – January; with Individual deadlines within that timeframe
Visual Artists Creation Projects Supports professional Ontario-based visual artists to create new work and to continue work in progress.

Emerging: $5,000, Mid-Career: $7,500, Established: $15,000


April 25 and November 7, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create – Research and Creation


Up to $25,000 for artists, curators, groups,

collectives, or organizations to support research,

creation, or project development (including



Any time before the start of your project
Art Reach Art Reach Grant


Designed to support youth arts initiatives in Toronto that foster youth engagement and provide high quality arts opportunities. $300,000 in grants are available to support youth arts projects


February 1, 2019
Akin Akin Studio Program


Akin’s partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada provides affordable studio space to more than 30 visual artists and cultural practitioners in the Museum. The Program is open to student, emerging and professional art practitioners, curators and writers living in Toronto.


Info Session: Saturday, February 2 from 12-4pm

Deadline: March 31st, 2019 5pm

Art Starts Arowana Program


For youth, emerging and/or newcomer artists living and working in Toronto to become a Program Curator as part of the Arowana Training


Sunday, February 3 at midnight

Note: This list includes only what we feel are the most relevant opportunities for mural artists, primarily in the Toronto area, and is in no way comprehensive. Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts in particular have a wide range of additional grants available, including but not limited to specific grants for Aboriginal Arts, Arts Education, Arts Service Organizations, Franco-Ontarian Arts, and Multi and Inter-Arts projects/organizations. Annual Operating grants for organizations and funding for artist travel or professional development are also not included.

Details may change so please verify all information, seek out additional details on the applicable organization’s website, and continue to look for additional opportunities. If you find a relevant opportunity that you would like to share with the community please let us know at programs@muralroutes.ca

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