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The City of Windsor’s new Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund is launching a two-phase process to distribute $87,200 in annual grant funding for individuals and cultural organizations to help stimulate creative and economic growth.
Phase one applications will be accepted with $47,600 to be distributed with maximum grants of $5,000 per individual or organization. A second will then follow in 2014 and will alot $47,600 to be distributed.
Councillor Jo-Anne Gignac says, “Council has focused on culture as a key driver for community and economic development. Launching the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund is a major benchmark in our cultural initiatives.”
Recreation and Culture will now begin its communication and consultation process with organizations and individuals so they can present their applications for grants. In addition to individual consultations, two public meetings will be scheduled to outline the process and answer questions from prospective applicants.
Projects eligible for funding will benefit one or more cultural sectors and will develop new alliances and creative, innovative approaches. Projects must address one or more of the following key priorities:
- Increase Windsor’s attractiveness, affordability, and quality of life
- Support the development of new audiences
- Increase the supply of skilled cultural workers
- Nurture creativity and imagination through arts, culture and heritage projects
- Encourage the inclusion of diverse cultural groups
- Increase public access to the creative community
Organizations and individuals are urged to apply following the project guidelines on the City of Windsor website.
The application process will be open until January 10th 2014.