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Toronto Artscape Foundation Launchpad Bursary Program Request for Proposals for Teachers and Coaches for Creatives

The Toronto Artscape Foundation Launchpad Bursary program provides 500 individuals annually with a six-month Bursary to Artscape Daniels Launchpad, a first-of-its-kind creative entrepreneurship hub designed to help emerging and established artists, designers and creators from all disciplines grow thriving careers. The purpose of the program is to remove barriers for emerging creatives who are interested in joining our community of artists. 

Each bursary recipient receives access to:

  • A vibrant, collaborative community of fellow designers, creators and artists
  • Launchpad Learning programs, social and wellness events 
  • One-on-one mentorship and coaching support from industry leaders
  • The Launchpad coworking space, Computer Lab and our five Creative Studios: Textiles + Fashion, Fine Metals + Jewellery, Digital Fabrication, Electronics and Woodworking. 
  • Access to our Digital Media Labs for up to 50 individuals per cohort

In advance of our next Bursary cohort that will commence on September 15, 2020, we are seeking to work with a diverse group of teachers and coaches who specialize in topics related to creative industries and people.  

About the Bursary Teacher and Coach Opportunity: 

We are looking for up to 10 individuals with experience delivering educational opportunities for creative communities to provide training and coaching that will be accessed by our Bursary recipients from September 2020–February 2021. 

The topics of expertise that we are seeking include:  

  • Financial literacy and management 
  • Running a small business
  • Allyship and Anti-Oppression 
  • Activism 
  • Leadership
  • Influencing
  • Marketing
  • Mindset Shift 
  • Fundraising and Grant writing 
  • Planning for Creative Entrepreneurs
  • Event Management
  • Creative Thinking
  • Community Arts

For those interested, there are two potential streams to participate in:

Stream 1: Providing a bi-weekly class on your domain expertise and 60 coaching hours over a 24-week period


  • There should be some some rotation of the timing of these classes to improve access 
  • Your classes will be approximately 75–90 minutes in length
  • Classes are taught via Zoom; however, we would like to explore in-person sessions later in the fall 
  • Of your 12 classes, we expect a minimum of six will be unique content that includes presentation, slides and/or distributed learning materials 
  • You will own your own Zoom account, organize your own Zoom room and provide a link to the Launchpad team to promote 


  • Coaching will be provided via Zoom
  • Each coaching session will be a maximum of 60 minutes in length 
  • Launchpad will create a page marketing your coaching services on the Launchpad Member Only Portal 
  • You will manage your own bookings and booking tool 
  • You will provide monthly reporting on whom you provided coaching to so that Launchpad can track progress of the program and the participants
Unit Price
Total for 6 month program
Classes $400 per class + HST $4,800 + HST
Coaching  $100 per session + HST $6,000 + HST
Total $10,800 + HST

Stream 2: Other

We recognize that some individuals have developed their own programs that may not fit within the structure of the first option and we welcome you to share with us your vision, plan and pricing. 

Please see the next section for more details around the submission process. 

How to Apply 

Please complete and submit this form by 11:59pm on Monday, August 3. 

A complete application must include and/or answer:

  • General Information (i.e. name, contact info, website, etc,) 
  • Short bio (100 words max)
  • Your CV (two page max)
  • Any experience you have with teaching, coaching and/or delivering programming to creatives or creative industries 
  • Your areas of expertise
  • Your interest in being considered for: 
    • Stream 1
    • Stream 2
    • Both
  • For those who are interested in Stream 2, supporting documentation (i.e. deck, proposal, video link, etc.) to explain your vision, pricing and plan

Selection Process & Criteria 

The selection process will be led by Launchpad’s Managing Director and include a cross section of staff members from the Launchpad team. After reviewing the applications, we will reach out to a short list of candidates to conduct interviews. 

The selection criteria will primarily focus on one’s previous experiences with teaching, coaching or delivering programs to creatives and any success and/or impact you can identify having had. In addition, we are seeking to work with a diverse group of individuals who collectively represent a complementary set of expertise. 

For those not selected for this program, there will be future potential teaching and coaching opportunities with Launchpad. For this purpose, we will keep your name on file, unless you communicate a preference otherwise. 

Anticipated Schedule

July 20 – Aug 3 Call for Submissions 
July 24 from 12-1  Online Info Session and Q&A  [Zoom Link]
Aug 21 Coach & Trainer Selection
September 15  Bursary program commences 


To ensure the process is as equitable as possible, we will not be able to have individual meetings with interested applicants. However, we will be hosting an information session and Q&A from 12-1pm on Friday, July 24, which you can access using this link

We are also happy to answer any questions you have via email! Please reach out to our Launchpad Learning Coordinator, Ksenia Khan, at


In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the selection process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to Artscape. 

Artscape’s Diversity & Inclusion statement

Artscape is intentional in creating spaces that are inclusive and showcase creativity. Our community reflects this intention, as we welcome people from all experiences, inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, race, Indigenous status, ethnicity, mental and physical ability, caregiver status, housing status, place of origin, age, and all other statuses protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

About Artscape Daniels Launchpad 

Artscape Daniels Launchpad is a first-of-its-kind creative entrepreneurship hub designed to help emerging and established artists, designers and creators from all disciplines grow thriving careers. This unique facility on Toronto’s waterfront brings together 30,000+ sq. ft. of state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary creative and technical studios; co-working space, meeting and event facilities; and specialized creative entrepreneurship programs, workshops and events–all designed to support and inspire creative experimentation, learning and collaboration. Launchpad offers members the chance to be part of a vibrant, diverse community of creators as well as to engage in mentorship, learning programs and wayfinding to plug into resources and business opportunities.

Owned and operated by Artscape, the model for Launchpad was developed to help bridge the gap that exists between the tremendous cultural and economic value artists’ ideas contribute to society and what creative people earn for their work. Artscape is named in recognition of the outstanding financial support of The Daniels Corporation, the John and Myrna Daniels Foundation and WJ Properties. Learn more at

About the Toronto Artscape Foundation 

The Toronto Artscape Foundation is a charitable organization that works to increase the public’s understanding of arts and culture through its support of community arts programs, creative placemaking educational programs and access to arts and cultural facilities. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the Foundation receives support from individual donors, public and private foundations and corporations to undertake ambitious projects that positively impact the lives of artists and foster vibrant communities. For more information about the Toronto Artscape Foundation, visit

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