City of Windsor to Grant $85,000 in Arts, Heritage and Culture Funding

Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Windsor Star/Dalson Chen

The application process has begun for the City of Windsor’s new arts, culture and heritage fund — a grant program that’s expected to distribute more than $85,000 in municipal funding to culturally minded local individuals and organizations over the next year.

The money will be handed out in two phases. The first phase was launched on Tuesday when the city began accepting applications for grants up to $5,000 each.

There’s $47,600 to be distributed in the first phase. A second application period to distribute another $47,600 will take place in 2014.

Wondering if you qualify? Keep in mind that your project needs to address one or more of the following priorities:

  • increase Windsor’s attractiveness, affordability, and quality of life.
  • develop new audiences.
  • increase the supply of “skilled cultural workers.”
  • nurture creativity and imagination.
  • encourage cultural diversity and the spirit of inclusion.
  • increase the accessibility of the creative community.

A panel will assess the applications and decide who gets what.

Interested parties are advised to visit the culture section of the city’s website (, and attend either of two public meetings meant to help people through the application process.

The first meeting takes place Dec. 3 at Mackenzie Hall (3277 Sandwich St. W.) from 7 to 9 p.m. The second takes place Dec. 9 at the WFCU Centre (8787 McHugh St.) from 7 to 9 p.m.

Further details and guidelines can be found online, or by calling 519-253-2300, ext. 2724.

The application period closes Jan. 10, with no exceptions.

Coun. Jo-Anne Gignac called the new fund “a major benchmark in our cultural initiatives.”