The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation was established in the fall of 2014 as a registered charity to assist youth in the arts.

The stated purpose of the organization is:

"To advance education by providing scholarships and bursaries to Canadian youth pursuing a post-secondary education and to provide awards for demonstrated excellence in the arts to youth under 30 years of age from the Greater Toronto Area."

The Foundation now operates the annual Robert Beardsley Young Playwright's Awards Program and a short story writing award for young authors. It is currently exploring other scholarships and/or awards for literature and music, and as an immediate goal, plans to develop similar programs for architecture and the visual arts.

If you would like to learn more about the Foundation and its work, please contact us at:


Richard Moorhouse presents the first Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation Youth Award for the Short Story to Menaka Raman-Wilms at the Alice Munro Festival for the Short Story in Wingham, Ontario, June 4th, 2016.



Call for Submissions: The Robert Beardsley 2016 Prize for Young Playwrights


The Foundation congratulates author Menaka Raman-Wilms of Thornhill, the first winner of the $500 Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation Youth Award for her short story "Tissue Paper."