Midhurst/January 3, 2018
The County of Simcoe is now accepting applications for its 2018 Arts, Culture and Heritage (Built, Natural and Environmental) Grant Program. Funding for the 2018 grant program was approved by County Council as part of the 2018 Budget.
In 2017 the grant supported more than 40 arts, culture and heritage projects and organizations. The 2018 commitment aligns with the County’s goals to grow, support and attract economic growth across various sectors.
“We have tremendously creative and innovative entrepreneurs working in our arts and culture sectors who help drive tourism and support our local economy,”‘ said Warden Gerry Marshall. “From galleries to cultural attractions to our world-class festivals and events, we have a thriving arts and culture sector and we look forward to supporting and advancing more projects and businesses in 2018.”
The vision of this 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
Encouraging collaborative opportunities and partnerships
Interested applicants are asked to submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) by January 12, 2018.
Please note that an EOI is not mandatory. Applications will be accepted for three category streams: Capacity Building; Project; and Sustainability.
All applications will be reviewed by the County of Simcoe’s Grant Program Task Force, consisting of appointed County Councillors with support from County staff. The grant program will provide up to $200,000 in annual funding which will be divided among successful candidates based on program requirements, objectives and overall benefit to the entire region.
Further details, application guidelines and templates can be found at http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/fin/grants.