Community Arts Award

Celebrating the vital contributions that artists and organizations make in Toronto’s communities.

"This award gave me the support and recognition I needed at that crucial moment moving between emerging and mid-career. The support was invaluable and allowed me to create new and exciting work around diversity in the city!"  Syrus Marcus Ware, 2017 Community Arts Award recipient

Deadline: Nominations for the 2020 award will open in Summer 2020.

About: The Community Arts Award is a $10,000 cash prize presented by Neighbourhood Arts Network, Toronto Arts Foundation. This award celebrates an arts organization that has made a significant contribution in Toronto by working with, in and for communities, while creating access and inclusion to arts and culture. The Community Arts Award is presented every Fall.

Eligibility Criteria:
To be eligible for the award, all nominees must demonstrate a commitment and/or focus on community-engaged arts and access to arts and culture in Toronto. The nominee may not be awarded more than one Toronto Arts Foundation award within any given year.

How to Apply:

  1. Visit
  2. Create a Smart Simple account 
  3. Submit your nomination form

Please Note:

  • Nominees can save their application at any time before submission by clicking ‘Save Draft.’ Nominees can log-in and out of TAF Awards portal as many times as needed before clicking ‘Submit.’
  • Please ensure you are on the Toronto Arts Foundation Awards portal and NOT Toronto Arts Council.

Please contact angie at 416-392-6802 x 221 or email angie(at)torontoarts(dot)org

The Community Arts Award is made possible with the support of by MOD Developments.

*The Community Arts Award was established in 2013 as the TD Diversity Award, and later re-named the TD Community Arts Award in 2018. The Community Arts Award is presented in the Fall of each year.