Simcoe County is now accepting application for its 2019 arts, culture and heritage (built, natural and environmental) grant program. Funding was approved by county council as part of the 2019 budget.
In 2018, the grant supported more than 40 arts, culture and heritage projects and organizations. The 2019 commitment aligns with the county’s goals to grow, support and attract economic growth across various sectors.
“As we shape our strategic direction for the next four years, this council has made it clear that investing in tourism and initiatives that support our economy is a key priority,” said Warden George Cornell. “We are pleased to give a boost to our arts and culture businesses and look forward to supporting creative projects that help enhance our communities.”
The vision of the grant program is to support and enhance the arts, culture and heritage sectors in Simcoe County through building organizational capability and sustainability in existing and new local cultural organizations; investing in community-based cultural activities that promote awareness, access, participation and appreciation of arts and heritage; and encouraging collaborative opportunities and partnerships.
Interested applicants are asked to submit their expression of interest (EOI) by Feb. 1. The application deadline is March 15. Applications will be accepted for three category streams: capacity building, project and sustainability.
All applications will be reviewed by the county grant program task force, consisting of appointed county councillors with support from county staff. Up to $200,000 in annual funding will be divided among successful candidates based on program requirements, objectives and overall benefit to the entire region.