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Grants to Ontario Nonprofits to Develop
Arts Programs and Services in Eligible Locations

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City of Barrie Department of Culture

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01/22/21 4:30 PM


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Grants to Ontario nonprofit organizations to promote the development of the arts in eligible locations. Two types of grants are available: a grant for operating expenses, and a grant to assist arts organizations in the creation, production, and presentation of arts programs and services. Organizations must be based in Barrie.

The mandate of the Cultural Grants program is to promote and assist in the development of the arts in all its diversity for the enjoyment and benefit of all Barrie residents and visitors. Diversity of cultural and artistic expression and practice is welcomed.

There are two grant types available: Operating Grants and Project Grants. 

  • Operating Grants - commit funding to the operating expenses of Barrie arts organizations that meet the assessment criteria for ongoing support. Please note: Organizations applying for both project and operating funds must be able to clearly define how their project is unique and separate from their regular operations. Please do not reference your special project in your Operating application. Operating grants are specifically for not-for-profit organizations that have been in existence in the community for over two years and have an established history of excellence in the arts. 
  • Project Grants for Organizations - offer funding to Barrie organizations that are either incorporated or unincorporated and operate on a not-for-profit basis for the creation, production, and presentation of arts program and arts services. Project grants are divided into two categories. 
    1. Special Project/Program – this can be a wide range of special projects i.e. to celebrate an anniversary or to try new and innovative programming. 
    2. Operating Project – this is ideal for small arts organizations that are requesting lesser amounts of money (under $5,000) and as such do not have a large operating budget or possess the amount of data necessary for completing an operating grant. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 142460

Term of Contract:

The City of Barrie does not fund activities, events or projects that have taken place before the program deadline date or that have been completed before the results of the granting process have taken place. Project funding like operating funding is not automatically renewed every year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for Operating Grants, organizations must:
- Be not-for-profit
- Be Barrie based
- Have been in operation for two years
- Have a demonstrated record of regular ongoing performances/exhibits
- Have proof of sound financial management
- Must be governed by a Board of Directors

To be eligible for Project Grants, organizations must:
- Be not-for-profit
- Be Barrie based
- Have been in operation for one year or more
- Have a demonstrated record of regular ongoing performances/exhibits
- Have proof of sound financial management
- It is not mandatory to have a detailed governance structure

Arts organizations may have individuals within their organizations that work either full or part time with the City of Barrie or may be on contract with the Creative Economy Department, these organizations are eligible to apply to the City of Barrie Grants program.

Organizations That Qualify:
- Performing Arts Organizations
- Visual Arts Organizations
- Arts Services Organizations
- Literary Arts Organizations
- New Media Organizations
- Heritage Organizations

For more information on eligible organizations, see:

Ineligible Activities:
- Fundraising activities
- Equipment
- Renovations
- Purchasing new buildings
- Paying off deficits

Please note: Applications will not be accepted from organizations whose report forms for previously awarded City grants are overdue or incomplete.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must submitted no later than 4:30 pm on Friday, January 22, 2021.

Organizations applying for an operating grant may also apply for a project grant only if they are applying for under $50,000 in operating funding.

The City of Barrie’s Cultural Development staff is willing to support you in your application. If you are unclear as to how to complete a portion of the application form, please do not hesitate to call the Creative Economy Department

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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City Hall, 70 Collier Street
P.O. Box 400, Barrie, ON, L4M 4T5

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