City of Windsor - Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund (ACHF)
09/20/19 3:00 PM
Grants of up to $5,000 to Windsor, Ontario nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and individuals to enhance arts and cultural opportunities for local residents. Applicants must consult with program staff prior to applying. The purpose of this program is to invest in the community’s creative economy.
Mission for the Cultural Affairs Office:
Acting as a catalyst and facilitator, the Cultural Affairs office will ensure the provision of a range of affordable and accessible opportunities for engagement in cultural activities, services, and facilities to residents while at the same time building up a base of unique cultural attributes and activities for visitors, residents, investors, and businesses.
The Community Strategic Plan:
The City’s Community Strategic Plan calls for a focus on cultural growth. It urges:
-Capitalizing on local strengths to promote tourism and hospitality, making the most of Windsor’s advantages as a key Canadian gateway;
-Reaching out to the world to showcase Windsor as an outstanding place to live, work and visit;
-Celebrating diversity by recognizing Windsor’s rich diverse culture and heritage;
-Honoring heritage by preserving structures that tell the story of Windsor’s past;
-Valuing art by promoting and supporting the arts and local artists, and ensuring that local citizens have many opportunities to experience a wide variety of expression and performance.
The Municipal Cultural Master Plan (MCMP):
The City of Windsor’s Municipal Cultural Master Plan, approved by City Council in May 2010 is a detailed report that maps out sixteen recommendations intended to serve as a goal-centered approach to facilitating the growth of culture in the local community.
MCMP – Recommendation # 7 – Arm’s Length Cultural Funding:
It is understood that Windsor’s creative community cannot act alone. It is recommended that an arm’s length cultural funding commission for cultural organizations be established. This commission would be appointed to allocate funds from an amount set annually to qualifying cultural organizations according to set criteria. Jurors would be City of Windsor residents that have an understanding of cultural disciplines and organizations. Working with the City of Windsor’s Cultural Affairs Office, they would facilitate a transparent and accessible application and funding process that would be accountable to Council, the City’s creative community, and the City of Windsor as a whole. In all cases, the funding decisions of this body would be final, and would not be subject to an appeal.
Mission of the Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund:
The City of Windsor’s Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund (ACHF) invests in the soul of the City by providing financial assistance to locally-developed arts, culture and heritage projects that provide exciting, surprising and meaningful opportunities to strengthen Windsor’s creative community.
The ACHF provides funding to support Windsor’s priority to build a strong and stable creative community that contributes to a prosperous creative economy and to making Windsor an attractive and affordable place to live. The primary objectives of the program are to make strategic investments that:
-Promote innovation and support new, dynamic efforts in the creative community;
-Develop unique cultural resources to enhance the health and vitality of Windsor’s communities and the quality of life for its people;
-Encourage participants in the creative community to stay and continue to create and work in the City of Windsor;
-Make arts, culture and heritage central to the lives of all Windsor’s people;
-Increase public awareness and access to the arts, culture and heritage sectors;
-Celebrate diversity by recognizing Windsor’s rich creative community;
-Value creativity by promoting and supporting arts, culture and heritage.
Key Priorities of the Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund:
The ACHF provides financial support to help strengthen and develop Windsor’s creative community to achieve economic and creative growth in the City. Preference is given to projects that benefit one or more cultural sectors, and which develop new alliances and creative, innovative approaches. Projects must address one or more of the following key priorities:
-Increase Windsor’s attractiveness, affordability, and quality of life;
-Support the development of new audiences;
-Increase the supply of skilled cultural workers;
-Nurture creativity and imagination through arts, culture and heritage projects;
-Encourage the inclusion of diverse cultural groups;
-Increase public access to the creative community.
A special initiative which may be one-time, and may involve:
-New/unconventional collaboration between/across genres, disciplines or sectors;
-Creation of new work;
-Emphasis on new or emerging media, techniques, technologies and practices.
Broadly conceived to include all genres within the following disciplines, with activities and expression which explore, interpret, create and celebrate:
-Performance (music, dance, theatre, spoken word, improvisation);
-Visual (two/three dimensional, performance, fine or artisanal craft, site specific or
-Literary (poetry, prose, storytelling);
-Media/New Media (film, video, still photography);
-Design (graphic and technological).
Culture and Heritage:
Broadly conceived to include both tangible and intangible characteristics of the following elements, with activities and expression which explore, interpret and celebrate:
-Human diversity including First Nations, ethnicity, different abilities and orientations, gender and age;
-Human and natural history;
-Ecology and environment (as themes for artistic practice or historical interpretation);
-Heritage buildings, sites (including neighborhoods, gardens, views), collections, archives, documentation, interpretation;
-Storytelling, narratives, traditions and values, artisanal methods.
Eligible Projects under the ACHF program may include, but are not limited to:
-Providing opportunities for organizations to engage youth and new creators;
-Arts, culture and heritage tourism initiatives that result in new product development, increased market-readiness and new business opportunities;
-Outreach projects which identify ways to strengthen organizational capacity to reach new markets, regions, cultural minorities and untapped future audiences.
Eligible Projects must:
-Not receive concurrent funding from the City of Windsor for this initiative;
-Be accessible to everyone;
-Be publicized citywide;
-Offer a unique cultural experience;
-Have a separate budget from the organization’s annual operating budget;
-Demonstrate support (financial or in-kind) beyond what is provided by the fund.
GrantWatch ID#: 173486
Applicants are asked to apply for a reasonable amount of money to complete their proposed projects. Project funding under the ACHF program will not exceed $5,000.
The Cultural Affairs Office encourages applicants to submit projects that will be completed within six (6) months to one (1) year of receipt of funds. As such, all Final Post-Project Reports must be submitted two (2) weeks after completion of the project.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To apply: https://recsandculture.citywindsor.ca/ACHF/Create
Cathy Masterson, Manager of Cultural Affairs
519-253-2300 ext. 2724
Cultural Affairs Office
Department of Recreation & Culture
City of Windsor
2450 McDougall St.
Windsor, ON. N8X 3N6
Gatehouse at Willistead Park.
1899 Niagara St.
Windsor, ON. N8Y 1K3
City of Windsor