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City of Mississauga Invests $1,579,860 Into Community Groups

Feb 23, 2009

Mississauga City Council approved corporate grants totalling $460,000 to community groups that require financial assistance and cultural grants totalling $1,119,860 at a special meeting of Council this month.

"The City's grant processes are part of the efforts to strengthen neighbourhoods and develop arts and culture through funding to groups," said City Manager and CAO Janice Baker. "This investment will enable groups to continue their work providing beneficial services, projects and programs to the community."

The City of Mississauga has four grant programs: the Corporate Grant Program, the Arts and Culture Grant Program, the Community Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grant Program, and the Capacity Building Grant Program. "All grant requests were subject to a comprehensive review to ensure each application met criteria," said Baker. "As part of the grant programs, groups are encouraged to seek funding from a range of different sources."

Corporate Grant Program
The Corporate Grants program is administered by the City's Recreation and Parks Division in Community Services. Grants of $460,000 will be divided among nine groups that have demonstrated community support for their programs and projects and met grant criteria for accountability, effectiveness, accessibility and collaboration. The grants will be awarded as follows:

• Inter-Cultural Neighbourhood Social Services - $20,000
• Mississauga Friendship Association - $12,000
• Riverwood Conservancy - $134,459
• Mississauga Sports Council - $79,861
• Square One Older Adult Centre - $37,173
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel - $13,561
• Community Living Mississauga - $10,500
• Safe City Mississauga - $142,046
• St. John Ambulance Mississauga - $10,500

"Groups approved for corporate grants in excess of $20,000 will receive 75 per cent of the grant directly following Council's approval, with the remaining 25 per cent of the grant awarded following the submission of their previous year's final financial statements," said manager of Special Events Sheila Wilson. "The City of Mississauga's Finance Division reviews the applicants' financial statements."

Since 2000, the City of Mississauga has awarded more than $8 million to local community groups to aid them in operating their community based programs.

For more information on the Corporate Grant Program contact manager of Special Events Sheila Wilson at 905-615-3200 ext. 5357.

Cultural Granting Programs
Cultural Granting Programs are administered by the Office of Arts and Culture. There are three cultural granting programs: Arts and Culture Grant Program, Community Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grant program and Capacity Building Grant Program.

"Through its arts, culture, and heritage granting programs, the City of Mississauga is building professionalism, accountability, and sustainability within the local cultural community," said director of the Office of Arts and Culture Susan Burt. "These programs help to ensure the availability of a wide range of cultural opportunities for Mississauga residents and visitors."

Grants of $1,119,860 will be awarded to support the growth and development of arts and culture. The grants will be awarded as follows:

Arts and Culture Grant Program
• Art Gallery of Mississauga - $220,324
• Chamber Music Society of Mississauga -$50,000
• Heritage Mississauga - $162,358
• Mississauga Arts Council - $201,726
• Mississauga Children's Choir - $20,442
• Mississauga Chinese Arts Association - $4,800
• Mississauga Choral Society - $45,000
• Mississauga Festival Choir - $7,500
• Mississauga Festival Youth Choir - $9,500
• Orchestras Mississauga - $90,000, and an additional one time matching deficit reduction grant of up to a maximum of $50,000
• Port Credit Village Project - $3,000
• Sampradaya Dance Creations - $23,200
• Theatre Unlimited - $11,700
• Visual Arts Mississauga - $60,000
• Vychodna Slovak Dancers - $12,000
• What's on Tap -$7,500
• Windmill Theatre - $5,000
Community Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grant Program
• Canadian Chopin Festival 2010 - $5,000
• Carassauga Festival of Cultures - $10,000
• Malton Community Festival - $3,300
• Mississauga Independent Film Festival - $3,000
• Mississauga Santa Claus Parade - $4,700
• Mississauga Waterfront Festival - $20,000
• MuslimFest - $8,000
• Paint the Town Red – Port Credit Canada Day - $4,000
• Philippine Independence Day - $4,000
• Port Credit BuskerFest - $5,000
• Saint Thyagaraja Festival - $1,100
• Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival - $30,000
• Speak Up! A Student Short Film and Video Fest - $2,900
• Streetsville Arts Fest - $3,000
• Streetsville Bread and Honey Festival - $12,810
• Streetsville Canada Day Celebrations - $4,500

Capacity Building Grant Program
• Chamber Music Society of Mississauga - $6,500
• Mississauga Festival Youth Choir - $8,000

For more information on the cultural granting programs, contact director of the Office of Arts and Culture Susan Burt at 905-615-3200 ext, 5303.

Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000. With well-established infrastructure and state of the art facilities, the City is considered to be an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens. Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse, and progressive municipality, known for its economic strength and for being Canada's safest city.

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Media Contact:
Catherine Monast
Team Leader Media/External Communications
catherine.monast@mississauga.ca
905-615-3200
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