Culture Grants

Major Cultural Organizations

The City provides grants to not-for-profit organizations who play a major role in Toronto's cultural economy. In 2015, these organizations had a combined attendance of more than 6.4 million, including residents and visitors to the city, demonstrating significant impact on Toronto's reputation as a global cultural destination.

Major Cultural Organizations demonstrate a consistent level of professional standards, artistic excellence, international achievement, a diverse funding base and board accountability. All recipients are subject to the City of Toronto's Grants Policy.

In 2015, revisions were made to the Major Cultural Organizations program in order to increase the clarity and transparency of the program guidelines. The program changes established three program streams: Producers & Curators, Cultural Support & Infrastructure and Festivals and revised the eligibility and assessment criteria.

On June 7 and 8, 2016, City Council adopted the Major Cultural Organizations Program funding allocations:

The 2016 funding allocations for these organizations are:



Art Gallery of Ontario


Canada's National Ballet School


 Canadian Opera Company  $1,600,000
Festival Management Committee (Toronto Caribbean Carnival)      $625,000
 George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  $155,265
 National Ballet of Canada  $1,320,000
 Pride Toronto  $260,000
 Toronto Artscape Inc.                                      $415,000
Toronto Festival of Arts, Culture and Creativity (Luminato)              
 Toronto International Film Festival Group   $1,140,695
 Toronto Symphony Orchestra                         $1,270,000



2015 and 2014 Funding Allocations:

2013 Funding Allocations: 

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