Funding for artists and filmmakers – Apply now!

Sometimes a great idea can strike you out of nowhere. Some great ideas are a constant work in progress. With the increase in various arts grants and crowdfunding initiatives, we are happy to share two more that may help potential great ideas lift off the ground. Good luck, applicants!

1) Neighbourhood Arts Network BMO Seeds Funds

Six $1000 prizes for artists working in the community | Deadline to apply: April 29, 2013

The Neighbourhood Arts Network BMO Seed Fund is a brand new opportunity geared to support artists in the development, creation and/or dissemination of a community engaged arts project they are leading anytime between June 2013 to April 2014.

You are eligible to apply for the Neighbourhood Arts Network BMO Seed Fund if you are:

  • An individual artist
  • Over 18 years old
  • A current City of Toronto resident (Must have lived here a minimum of 6 months)
  • A Neighbourhood Arts Network member (You can sign up for our free membership prior to applying.)
  • You are looking to make a positive impact in a Toronto neighbourhood or community through a unique arts based project.
  • (Priority will be given to projects taking place in communities across the City of Toronto.)
  • Applicants may apply for ONE project only.

For full application details and application form, click here


2) TD Michaëlle Jean Bursaries
Deadline to apply: May 15, 2013

The TD Michaëlle Jean Bursaries were created, through a joint initiative between TD Bank Group and the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, to provide funding for training and access to mentorship for young people aged 18-30, from underserved communities, who are using the arts as a tool to improve the quality of life in their communities.  Priority will be given to those who have specific action plans to share their learning and experience with others. A maximum of 3 bursaries, ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 will be awarded each year.

In order to be eligible you must:

  • Be between 18 and 30 years of age
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Demonstrate experience of the impact of the arts in your underserved community/neighbourhood (“arts” are broadly defined to include all forms of creative expression)
  • Propose a new project or extension of an existing project that demonstrates using the arts as tools of social change in your underserved community
  • Have your project recommended by, and preferably supported by, a community association

For full application details and application form, visit