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County accepting applications for its 2019 Arts, Culture and Heritage (Built, Natural and Environmental) Grant program

 

Midhurst/January 23, 2019 – The County of Simcoe is now accepting application for its 2019 Arts, Culture and Heritage (Built, Natural and Environmental) Grant Program. Funding for the 2019 grant program 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 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 February 1, 2019 with the application due date on March 15, 2019. 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.

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.

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Collin Matanowitsch
Manager, Public Relations
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch
705-726-9300 ext. 1430
705-734-8386 (mobile)
Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca

Jennifer Straw
Communications Co-ordinator
County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch
705-726-9300 ext. 1036
705-790-5979 (mobile)
Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca