The City of Mississauga is accepting applications from Mississauga-based arts, culture and community organizations requiring financial support in 2018.
The program has been in place since 2008 and, according to Andrew Douglas, Grants Officer, Culture Division, City of Mississauga, the Culture Grant programs came out of recommendations made by the Arts and Culture Taskforce which was convened to develop a plan for the sustainable future of the arts in Mississauga.
“A Peer Assessment Committee made of practicing arts and culture professionals living and working in Mississauga make recommendations on grant allocations, which are presented to Mississauga City Council for their approval,” Douglas told Peel Regional Review.
Paul Mitcham, Commissioner of Community Services for the City of Mississauga, said earlier that the organizations that sought and received grant programs for 2017 are the “heart and soul” of the community. He added that the City of Mississauga is proud to support the “economic, social and city-building impacts these groups and businesses have on our city by investing in such a robust grants program.”
The City of Mississauga currently funds two of Ontario s top 100 Festivals, the Streetsville Founders’ Bread & Honey Festival and MuslimFest. The Streetsville Founders’ Bread & Honey Festival has been a mainstay in the community since it started in 1973 and takes place at Memorial Park on Church Street the first weekend in June. The event has carnival rides, face painting, live music, food and beer and, of course, bread and honey. There is also a pancake breakfast on the morning of the final day.
MuslimFest is an award-winning annual festival that celebrates the best in Muslim arts and entertainment. The event features more than 80 local and international artists who showcase their talent in various genres or art. It was launched in 2004 and is a joint project of DawaNet and Sound Vision. It is considered North America’s largest Muslim festival of its kind, attracting over 30,000 attendees annually. It takes place the first weekend in August at Celebration Square.
There are four categories for the grants: Arts and Culture Grant Program; Culture Projects Grant Program; Culture Festivals and Celebrations Grant Program; Community Grant Program.
The Arts and Culture Grant Program provides operating funding for not-for-profit cultural organizations. The grant helps organizations advance their knowledge and develop outstanding programs and services that further participation, understanding and the appreciation of, culture and heritage for the citizens of Mississauga.
The Culture Projects Grant Program is intended to support events or activities taking place between January 1, 2018-December 31, 2018.
The Culture Festivals and Celebrations Grant Program assists Mississauga-based organizations by providing funding for costs associated with providing a clean and safe venue for the presentation of arts, heritage and cultural festivals and celebrations.
The Community Grant Program assists Mississauga-based, not-for-profit community groups by providing operating and project funding to deliver recreation and sport, parks and forestry and environment programs and services to the Mississauga community.
The deadline to apply for all grants is October 13 by 4:30 p.m.
The City has information sessions for organizations interested in applying to be the grant programs. The sessions are mandatory for organizations that have not received funding in the past two years.
For information and to register, contact the Culture Division at 905-615-3200 ext. 5476 or email [email protected].
Applications and guidelines are available at www.mississauga.ca/grants. Applications must be submitted online.
For Community Grants, contact the Recreation Division at 905-615-3200 ext. 4313 or email [email protected].
Applications and guidelines are available at www.mississauga.ca/portal/reisents/cg.grantsfunding.
Applications must be submitted online.