2017 Partnership Program Application Deadline: Monday, April 3 @ 4:30 pm 


StART's mission is to revitalize and engage communities through street and mural art. StART provides up to $50,000 in funding for partnership projects that meet the following objectives:

  • Enhance and promote Toronto's vibrant street and graffiti art
  • Revitalize communities through physical enhancements and community events
  • Counteract graffiti vandalism
  • Engage emerging and established local artists

See our 2017 Information Session Package for program overviews and other helpful information.

StART values projects that are aligned with broader neighbourhood revitalization efforts and target areas of graffiti vandalism. 

Specifically, StART is interested in partnering on projects that:

      • are innovative in terms of design, delivery and message
      • enhance community heritage and neighbourhood identities
      • are intrinsically valuable to the community and are site-specific in design
      • demonstrate a strong community engagement component and foster expanded partnerships within the arts community
      • provide mentorship or training opportunities for youth or emerging artists
      • are located in previously unserved areas 
      • build upon existing relationships between the City, artists and arts organizations, and community members in order to improve the opportunities for citizens to participate in the arts in the course of their daily lives, encourage civic discussion about street art, and make possible the expression of a variety of cultural voices
      • help promote Toronto as a nationally and internationally recognized creative city and a destination for cultural tourism 

Applicants are encouraged to contact StART program staff to discuss their submission prior to applying.

Contact Information

Please email us at or contact:

Catherine Campbell, Project Lead: 416-338-2951



                      Mural painted on retaining wall under a bridge.    Mural with whimsical figures painted on the wall of a business.    Mural on a building wall. It features a crouching human figure composed of small Toronto buildings.


Thanks to our past partners!



       Arts Etobicoke Logo

    Bpys and Girls Club of Canada Logo

Community Centre 55 Logo

East End Arts logo

    Evergreen Brickworks Logo

    Friends of the Pan Am Path logo

    Koffler Logo   

    Lakeshore Arts logo

    Mural Routes logo

    Na-Me-Res logo

    Parkdale Neighbourhood Trust Logo

    Park People Logo 

    Rexdale Community Health Centre logo

    Ralph Thorton Centre Logo

    Riverdale Hub Logo 

    Scadding Court logo

    Seeds of Hope logo

    Sketch logo

    Spectrum Art Projects logo

                                        Steps Initiative logo

    Toronto Foundation logo

    Waterfront Toronto logo

    West Scarborough Neighbourhood Centre logo

    Vibe Arts logo


Who is eligible?

Applicants must be incorporated not-for-profit or charitable organizations operating in the City of Toronto. Individual artists and artist collectives are encouraged to apply through a not-for-profit sponsor. 


All proposed projects and their related activities must be located within the City of Toronto. Projects must be located on City-owned land or a publicly accessible area on private property, with maximum street visibility and neighbourhood impact. Written authorization from the private property owner is required at the time of application. 

For inquiries regarding proposals on City-owned property, please email your request with as much details as possible to

Please note that locations with ownership by other parties (Ministry of Transportation, rail lines, etc) may require additional review, approval time, and permitting fees.

Community Involvement

Projects must demonstrate a strong community engagement component and include the collaboration of artists and community members. StART requires applicants to host community consultations or events (involving the local community, businesses, and other stakeholders) and encourages project teams to invite StART staff to participate.

Mentorship or training opportunities for youth or emerging artists are encouraged.


StART's Partnership Program is a public-private partnership and is intended to assist organizations in leveraging funding from other sources. StART therefore cannot be the sole source of funds for a project.

StART contribution can not exceed 70% of the total project budget. Of the remaining 30%, organizations must raise a minimum of 15% in cash.

Applicants must secure additional resources for the proposed project through private/public grants and/or in-kind donations.

Funding cannot be used to support an organization's ongoing staff salaries or facility operations.

Be sure to consider fees and restrictions related to road closures, if necessary, to implement your project.

StART Recommended Budget Breakdown:

Artist Fees


Project Materials

(paint, brushes, skyjack rentals, storage, etc)


Publicity and documentation

(photos, etc)

10% *to a max of $1,000


(consultations, unveiling, etc)

Flat fee $500 (maximum)

Project Management


Project Administration 




Other (Variance)




Applicants must have a plan for maintenance of the proposed project for a minimum of 5 years following its installation. Please submit a maintenance plan which specifies the parties responsible for ongoing maintenance, including the removal of any graffiti vandalism as per City of Toronto standards (three (3) working days of notification or where Hate/Racist, Gang-related and/or offensive graffiti is identified, within twenty four (24) hours of being notified). The materials associated with project maintenance may be up to 5% of your total project budget.


Projects must be completed by October 31, 2017.


Organizations are responsible for coordinating and applying for all necessary permits related to their StART project. This includes, but is not limited to, Temporary Street Occupation Permits (SOPs) and Construction Hoarding Permits.  SOP permit fees will be waived for StART projects.  Organizations must coordinate their application through StART staff.  Please ensure two weeks turnaround time.  

Note:  Additional fees for scaffolding and construction hoarding are not waived.  Please consider the costs associated with hoarding when preparing your project and budget. 

Review the process and fees here:

Health and Safety

Applicants must demonstrate that the organization and/or selected artist has the appropriate health and safety training in relation to the type of proposed project. For example, some projects require the use of various types of equipment and applicants must therefore be able to demonstrate appropriate use of scaffolding, proper mask fitting techniques, etc. A health and safety guideline document will be provided to all successful applicants.

Have an idea that does not fit into the above parameters? 

Please email us a brief description of your proposal at We are looking for new and creative ways to meet our objectives!


Application Process

Download the 2017 Partnership Program application here:

2017 StART Partnership Program Application (Word)

2017 StART Budget Template (Excel)

2017 StART Terms and Conditions (Word)

Artist Agreement (Word)

Template Property Owner Permission Letter (Word)

Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Legislation & City Policy

Get Adobe Acrobat Reader

Application Deadline

Monday, April 3, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

Approval Notification

Thursday or Friday June 8/9, 2017

All applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal in writing by email and hard copy by the scheduled date unless otherwise informed.


Proposals will be reviewed by a panel including external art jurors 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


Ability to illustrate how the project reflects, chronicles, or supports the distinct character of the community and overall artistic quality


Organizational background (history of community work and experience with street art projects)


Mentorship (how will the project serve as a meaningful pathway for youth and emerging artists?)


Ability to leverage in kind, private or public support:


Technical Feasibility (visibility of site, strong maintenance plan, project co-ordination, and workplan)


Please do not send any materials that are not specifically requested (i.e. transparencies, DVDs/videos, articles etc.). If such materials are sent, they will not be reviewed by the jury. Submissions will not be returned.


Program Manager, Partnership Program
StreetARToronto (StART)
City Hall, East Tower, 23rd Floor
100 Queen St. West
Toronto, M5H 2N2

Please note that email submissions are preferred, if possible.

NOTE: The City of Toronto assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged submissions and application contents will not be returned. The City also reserves the right to discontinue this call at any time.

The Public Realm Section of the Transportation Services Division strives to perform its duties at the highest levels at all times. If you have a complaint about an aspect of our division, there is a process for complaints that you can follow to have your concern addressed. All complaints are reviewed by management and will be promptly addressed in an effort to resolve your concern as quickly as possible. We also welcome any compliments or kudos you may have.

Making a complaint or compliment

Complaints/compliments may be made verbally (in person or by telephone) or in writing (by mail or e-mail). With a complaint, we recommend you speak directly to the staff member responsible for the program in question. Most complaints are received this way and can often be resolved quickly.

If you are not satisfied with how your complaint has been managed, you can submit your complaint directly to Elyse Parker, the Director of the Public Realm Section. The Director can be reached at:

By e-mail:

Director Public Realm

By Telephone: 

(416) 338-2432

By mail:

Public Realm Section
City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
17th Floor, East Tower
Toronto, ON
M5H 2N2

We recommend that you direct your complaint or compliment to the relevant program area.

Alternatively, you can make a complaint or compliment:


416-398-0889 (311 general enquiries line)

Office of the Ombudsman: City of Toronto

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint, you can present your compliant and concerns to the City of Toronto's Office of the Ombudsman. Visit their secure and independent website for more information.

Alternatively, you can contact the Office of the Ombudsman:

  • By telephone: 416-392-7062
  • By e-mail:
  • In person: 112 Elizabeth Street
  • TTY: 416-392-7100

Who reviews complaints?

All complaints, including those resolved by program staff, are reviewed by the Director and other management staff. Your complaint will be treated as confidential to protect your privacy; however, you should be aware that when a complaint is investigated, you may be indirectly identified. If you do not wish to be identified, you may submit an anonymous complaint.