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Belleville Community Arts and Culture Fund (BCACF)

Grants to Belleville, Ontario Nonprofits and
Collectives for Arts and Cultural Projects

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City of Belleville (COB)

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01/26/18 3:30 PM


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Grants of up to $2,500 to Belleville, Ontario nonprofit organizations and collectives to support a broad range of arts and cultural projects, such as dance, theater, music, symposia, multi-arts festivals, and other events. The purpose of this program is to foster quality and build capacity for the arts, arts sector, artists, and the cultural community. Funding is also intended to enhance the quality of life and stimulate economic development through direct investment in Belleville.

Approved Veridian proceeds are being transferred as an investment in Belleville’s cultural capital to foster cultural vitality and to increase the capacity of the arts and culture community to create and produce artistic works of performance. It enhances the community’s cultural life and economy and helps promote financial stability and sustainability.

The Belleville Community Arts & Culture Fund’s intended effect on the local community is to:
-Foster creativity within the Belleville community at all levels;
-Enrich how all Belleville residents experience and engage with the arts and culture to encourage awareness, understanding, appreciation, participation, inclusion, diversity and access;
-Leverage arts and culture to assert Belleville’s distinctiveness and to stimulate economic development and tourism;
-Ensure arts and culture funding aligns with that of comparable municipalities;
-Bring provincial, national and international recognition to Belleville as a centre for the arts and culture;
-Support arts and cultural projects through the granting of funds through project grants.

The Review Team will consider the degree to which the proposed project demonstrates:
i. Compatibility of the project’s objectives with those of BCACF;
ii. Clarity of the project objectives and plan;
iii. The capacity to realize the proposed project;
iv. The ability to make efficient use of existing resources;
v. A commitment to the development of artists and the art form, and
vi. A commitment, where appropriate, to engage professional artists.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167473

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The Jury has discretion with regard to the amounts awarded, but identified maximum award for a Project Grant will be $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Project Grants are awarded for a term of one year.

Applications for projects recurring must be submitted annually and will be adjudicated based on the following:
i. Success of the project in the previous year;
ii. Innovation within the project; and
iii. Availability of funds in the context of the priorities for funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Arts organizations, nonprofits, and collectives are eligible to apply. For details, please read the BCACF Guidelines and Application on the City website.

In order to apply for an eligible arts project, groups must be located in the COB and be
one of the following:
i. An incorporated nonprofit arts organization;
ii. A charitable arts organization;
iii. An incorporated nonprofit organization;
iv. An incorporated artist collective (defined as three (3) or more individuals) using an eligible sponsor;
v. An unincorporated community collective (defined as three (3) or more individuals) using an eligible sponsor;
vi. An unincorporated artist collective agreeing to and meeting all conditions listed in C.2.d.;
vii. An unincorporated community collective agreeing to and meeting conditions listed in C.2.d.

C.2.d. Sponsors and Collectives:

i. In the case of collectives, in order to satisfy the BCACF requirements for reports and financial statements, any incorporated nonprofit or charitable organization in Belleville, may agree to sponsor a collective’s application to BCACF. It is the responsibility of the unincorporated collective wishing to receive BCACF funding through this sponsor to complete the application. The Sponsor will also sign the application and include a letter of support for the project identifying the Sponsor’s support and financial agreement if any, with the collective. The City may look to the partnering sponsor for final reports on the project should the collective not provide them as required.

ii. The sponsoring organization may apply for its own project in addition to one sponsored project in each grant cycle.

iii. Organizations receiving BCACF Operating Funds may sponsor artist or community collectives for Project Grants in the same year.

iv. In the case of a collective applying directly to BCACF without support of a sponsor, the applicants must all be listed on and sign the application and grant agreement. In addition the applications must submit two letters of reference from individuals who can speak to the collective’s ability to execute the proposed project as set out in the application.

v. Collectives, as described in (iv) above are also required to satisfy the BCACF requirements for reports and to establish or to possess a bank account in the name of the collective. Payment of the grant cheque will not be issued to any individual member within the collective.

vi. Collectives, as described in (iv) above may be required as part of their BCACF agreement to provide additional communication reports to the BCACF staff in order to provide sufficient accountability on the use of funds.

C.2.e. Co-Projects/Joint Projects:

i. Applicants co-producing or otherwise working with a project partner (either nonprofit or for-profit) will be required to identify the lead partner, state the terms of the co-project, and the manner in which the duties and responsibilities will be shared.

ii. Applications will be required to identify the division of project costs or budget responsibilities, as well as the distribution of any potential project surplus or deficit.

iii. The jury may require a copy of the partners or co-producers agreement prior to the delivery of the BCACF grant.

iv. As a general rule, it is expected either the nonprofit applicant would assume all responsibility for any surplus or deficit generated by the project, OR the project partners involved would share any surplus or deficit proportional to their contributions to the project as defined in (i) above.

Individual Artist Grants:

There are some Individual Artist Grants available as part of the BCACF Program. Those will be judged on merit and at the discretion of the Review Team, Grant Committee and ultimately City Council.

Normally, the following organizations will not be eligible for Project Grants:
i. Academic units of educational institutions;
ii. Schools, conservatories and other organizations with the primary mission of training or education (the presence of education or training as an ancillary part of an organization’s mandate will not result in an exclusion from eligibility).
iii. Charitable organizations or foundations, with the primary mission of fundraising.

BCACF Project funding may not be used:
i. For major capital purchases including but not restricted to the purchase of land, equipment, fixtures or physical facilities;
ii. To further a profit venture or advantage a for-profit partner;
iii. To fund a project appearing on more than one BCACF Project grant application in the same year and/or identifies one BCACF Project grant as a source of funding for another BCACF Project grant.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is Friday, January 26, 2018, 3:30 PM.

Contact Information:

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

Mark Fluhrer, Director, Recreation
Culture & Community Services

Krista Keller, Administrative Assistant
Recreation, Culture & Community Services

Grant Coverage Areas:

City of Belleville

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario