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.

The 2017 funding allocations for these organizations are:



Art Gallery of Ontario


Canada's National Ballet School


Canadian Opera Company


Festival Management Committee (Toronto Caribbean Carnival)


National Ballet of Canada


Pride Toronto


Toronto Artscape Inc.                                   


Toronto Festival of Arts, Culture and

Creativity (Luminato)                                   


Toronto International Film Festival Group     


Toronto Symphony Orchestra                      




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