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


Midhurst/December 1, 2016 – The County of Simcoe is now accepting applications for its 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage (Built, Natural and Environmental) Grant Program. Funding for the 2017 grant program was recently approved by County Council as part of the 2017 Budget.

In 2016, the grant supported 45 arts, culture and heritage projects and organizations. The 2017 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. "These sectors play a significant role in the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of our communities and we look forward to supporting and advancing more projects and businesses in 2017."

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 13, 2017. 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

Feedback from 2016 Grant Recipients:

"The County grant has ensured that our Artist in Residence (AIR) Program continued for 2016-2017.  The AIR program has been instrumental in the growth of our Artists at the Gibson Group and Open Studio. Having a dedicated studio space for the AIR, has provided an excellent opportunity for the community to engage in visual art and have access to an accomplished artist. The actual process was made easier by the support provided by the County of Simcoe and the application was straight forward and uncomplicated. On behalf of the Gibson Cultural Centre, its members, and our community we thank you very much." – Jennifer Fortin, Executive Director of the Gibson Cultural Centre in Alliston

"We used your grant to send three instructors to the Ontario School of Piping and Drumming. We were really grateful to have the opportunity to increase our knowledge, and to learn new teaching skills. We will also send our drum instructor to attend an additional workshop. Thanks so much for your support." – Sheila Stewart, Pipe Major of the Beinn Gorm Highlanders

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Allan Greenwood
Director, Corporate Communications 
705-726-9300 ext. 1230
705-794-9301 (mobile)

Collin Matanowitsch
Communications Co-ordinator
705-726-9300 ext. 1430
705-734-8386 (mobile)