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Cultural Financial Assistance Grants

Grants to Ontario Nonprofits and Individuals for Arts and
Cultural Events, Seed Funding, and Operating Support

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City of Sault Ste. Marie

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Grants to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario nonprofit organizations and individuals to support arts and cultural events and programs that benefit local residents. Requests will be considered for special events, operating support, and seed funding. The service or program must meet a clearly identified community need that is not already adequately address by another corporate or governmental organization.

Types of Grants:

i) Operating:

Assistance with operating costs is given to not-for-profit organizations, societies or individuals which, in the judgment of City Council, make a unique contribution to the City’s cultural life and can meet the following conditions:

a) If requested, the applicant must prove responsible management through detailed budgets, properly prepared financial statements and provide activity reports and other supporting data.

b) The applicant must have either a Board of Directors, which will assume full responsibility for the administration of the funds, or an agent acceptable to City Council.

c) There must be a rationale to support the proposal.

ii) Special Events:

a) The project must be seen as of cultural benefit to the people that the organization was created to serve and also to the public.

b) The project should be of limited duration.

iii) Seed:

“Seed” or “start-up” assistance may be considered for applicants which require funds to start a worthwhile operation which can meet the following conditions:

a) The project should be innovative.
b) The project should serve a special need not being served in some other way.
c) The applicant can demonstrate good financial management.

Definition of Culture:

Culture is a complex word; however, two interrelated definitions stand out:

i. The social production and transmission of identities, means, knowledge, beliefs, values, aspiration, memories, purposes, attitudes and understanding;

ii. The ‘way of life’ of a particular set of humans: customs, faiths, and conventions; codes and manners, dress, cuisine, language, arts, science, technology, religion and rituals; norms and regulations of behaviors; traditions and institutions.

For purposes of this document, culture refers to what is typically considered to be ‘the arts’. Examples include:

-Performing Arts: Theatre, dance, opera, music, puppetry.

-Visual Arts: Fine art and craft including painting, sculpture, printmaking, pottery, fibre and fabric art, woodworking.

-Literary Arts: Prose, poetry, storytelling.

-Heritage Arts: Heritage conservation, identification, protection and interpretation of:
i. intangible heritage (dance, music, song, story, etc.)
ii. immovable heritage (buildings, cultural heritage, landscapes, natural heritage, archaeological and traditional use sites)
iii. moveable property ( personal property art, artifacts, documents, natural objects and specimens)

-Media Arts: Photography, film, video, print, audio and/or graphics.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166680

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Requests will be considered from not-for-profit organizations, societies or individuals located in and serving residents of Sault Ste. Marie in the cultural field as defined in the Policy Document. Programs, services and events must take place within the boundaries of the City of Sault Ste. Marie.

i) Financial assistance is for cultural purposes and applications are not normally considered for religious, sports or social service organizations; for groups whose prime purpose is to educate through course work, classes and training, as distinct from those who educate secondarily as a result of community outreach and performance.
ii) Support is not available for National organizations except for Sault Ste. Marie oriented projects, which can be seen to be of unique value to the City.
iii) Financial assistance for cultural purposes is not given to reduce or eliminate deficits.
iv) Financial assistance for cultural purposes is not given to fund commercial enterprise or the rental of commercial space.
v) Organizations receiving annual operating grants from the City of Sault Ste. Marie are ineligible to apply for a Cultural Financial Assistance grant.

Pre-Application Information:

The completed Requests for Cultural Financial Assistance Application Forms shall be returned to the Recreation & Culture Division, Community Services Department no later than January 15th.

Unless there is an overwhelming argument for acceptance, requests for financial assistance received after January 15th will not be considered.

Contact Information:

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

Location: Civic Centre - Level 2

The Cultural Advisory Board
99 Foster Drive
Sault Ste. Marie
ON P6A 5X6

Phone: 705-759-5310
TTY: 1-877-688-5528
Fax: 705-759-6605

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City of Sault Ste. Marie

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario