StreetARToronto (StART) comprises a suite of innovative programs specifically designed for streets and public spaces. StART programs encourage active transportation (walking and cycling), make our streets more inviting and safe, reduce overall infrastructure maintenance costs, showcase local artists, mentor emerging talent, and create opportunities for positive engagement among residents, business owners and operators, artists, and arts organizations.  Individually and collectively StART murals are designed to celebrate the City of Toronto motto "Diversity Our Strength" and foster a greater sense of belonging among all.  StART welcomes and actively seeks out partners for initiatives that support program objectives and works closely with partnership staff in other City divisions and agencies and supports City partnership activities.

When preparing your application, please consider that StreetARToronto is seeking a wide geographic distribution of projects that are led by a variety of artists and organizations.  Please note that artists and organizations may not receive funding for multiple projects in a given year.

The StART Support Program helps provide materials for the creation of graffiti art and art murals on properties with a history of repeated graffiti vandalism on walls exposed to city streets.

City of Toronto property owners who have received a Notice of Violation for Graffiti from Municipal Licensing & Standards or can otherwise prove they are experiencing issues with graffiti vandalism (i.e. photos or a Google Streetview image) are eligible to receive up to $2,000 of direct material purchases, which can include:

  • Artistic quality spray paint, available in a variety of colours;

  • Assorted spray paint caps producing various effects;

  • Exterior paint in a full colour spectrum; and

  • A limited supply of application materials, including paint rollers, brushes and paint trays.

Materials required for the project will be purchased by City of Toronto staff through consultation with the artist(s) selected to complete the work and will be based on factors including the conceptual sketch for the design and the size of the mural proposed. Designs and artwork are subject to final approval by the City of Toronto.

The City has the sole discretion to approve or reject an application and to determine what materials will be provided if an application is approved.

Property owners must hire an artist of their choosing independently, and pay them directly for services rendered or equipment rentals as required. You may wish to visit the StreetARToronto Artist Directory online.

Property owners will be responsible for maintaining the artwork on their building in good repair, for a period of 1 year from the completion date of the project.

Project must be completed by November 30, 2022.

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StART Monumental Projects provide opportunities for well-established artists and artist collectives to create art that makes Toronto streets welcoming and beautiful. StART also creates mentorship opportunities for emerging and mid-career mural artists by providing the experience necessary to produce large-scale murals at heights.

The City of Toronto invites street, mural and graffiti artists/collectives to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for a 2022 Project to be considered for funding. Monumental Projects are funded 65% by the City of Toronto (StART Program).

In recognition of the scale of the project and its benefits, the property owner/manager is required to contribute the balance (35%) of the Project costs excluding the cost of mentorship. Mentorship costs are entirely covered by the City of Toronto (StART Program) and are thus to be treated independently of the project budget.

The artists/collective selected to implement this Project will be required to enter into a formal Agreement with the City.


Well-established street, mural and graffiti artists/collectives who have completed several large-scale outdoor street, mural or graffiti art projects are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have been the lead artist on a large-scale StreetARToronto project (StART Underpass , Partnership Program, or other) or provide proof of an equivalent large-scale project to qualify.

The proposed painting surface must be a minimum of 3,000 square feet in size.

Artists must have had swing stage training and provide proof of working on a swing stage on a minimum of two projects.

In Addition:

  • All proposed Monumental projects must be located in Toronto
  • Artist applicants must be at least 18 years old
  • City of Toronto employees are not eligible to apply


Consideration for an award of funding is a two-stage process, beginning with the submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI). The second stage, should the applicant be selected for a specific project completion, entails a Request for Proposal (RFP).

Proponents who are chosen to submit an RFP will be paid a design fee to aid in the completion of the Stage 2 requirements.


  • Call for submissions: June 15, 2022
  • Stage 1 EOI due: July 20, 2022 at 11:59PM EST
  • Shortlisted artists notified: Week of August 2, 2022
  • Stage 2 RFP due: TBD
  • Selected artist/collective notified: TBD

Please note: The timeline may be affected by COVID related requirements and is subject to change.


EOIs will be reviewed by an external Advisory Committee and will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Artist experience, artistic merit, and suitability of proposed design and site – 35%
  • Integrity, thoroughness and feasibility of the Project – 45%
  • Capacity for meaningful and engaging mentorship opportunities – 20%

*Successful EOIs will be subject to ongoing feasibility scrutiny by StreetARToronto throughout the Project lifecycle and may be subject to further review by the Advisory Committee before funding is released.


Wayne Andrade
Program Curator, in partnership with StreetARToronto