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Council Recommends Funding for the City' 2010 Grant Programs

Jan 28, 2010

Yesterday at General Committee, Members of Council recommended funding for community-based groups under the City’s Grant Programs: allocating $557,275 for corporate grants and $1,177,768 for the cultural granting programs.

"The City's grant programs were developed to strengthen our neighbourhoods by assisting organizations that provide programs and services to meet the needs of youth and older adults in the community,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner of Community Services. "By supporting community-based groups, the City is investing in the future and building a community that serves residents."

Final approval of the grants will follow at the February 10, 2010 meeting of Council.

Corporate Grant Program

The Corporate Grants Program is coordinated by the City's Recreation and Parks Division. This year's approved funding of $557,275 will be divided among nine groups that provide community-based programs, services and projects for Mississauga residents. The grants will be awarded to:

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel - $13,561
• The Riverwood Conservancy - $131,859
• Mississauga Sports Council - $79,861
• Square One Older Adult Centre - $39,092
• Safe City Mississauga - $318,075
• Community Living Mississauga - $10,500
• St. John Ambulance, Mississauga Branch - $10,500
• Volunteer MBC (Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon) - $35,000
• Nexus - $ 37,275

"Grant submissions must undergo a complete review to ensure each application meets the criteria for accountability, effectiveness, accessibility and collaboration," said Sheila Wilson, manager of Community Programs. "The groups that receive funding through the grants program have sustainability and do important work in our community."

Groups approved for corporate grants in excess of $20,000 will receive 75 per cent of the grant directly following Council's approval and the remaining 25 per cent following the submission of their previous year's final financial statements. All financial statements are reviewed by the City's Finance Division.

Since 2000, the City of Mississauga has awarded almost $10 million to local community groups to assist with community-based programming.

Cultural Granting Programs

The Cultural Granting Program is administered by the Culture Division. There are two grants under this program: Arts and Culture Grant Program and Community Culture Festivals and Celebration Grant Program.

"The grant program offers support for emerging and established not-for-profit professional and community-based arts, culture and heritage organizations," said Susan Burt, director of the Culture Division. "It is an opportunity for the City to assist organizations with a strong presence in the community and quality programming."

Grants totalling $1,177,768 will be awarded to groups for long-term growth and development of arts and culture in our community. The grants will be awarded to:

• Art Gallery of Mississauga - $225,518
• Chamber Music Society of Mississauga - $62,500
• Heritage Mississauga - $167,079
• Mississauga Arts Council - $207,621
• Mississauga Children's Choir - $20,000
• Mississauga Chinese Arts Organization (MCAO) - $17,460
• Mississauga Choral Society - $ 35,000
• Mississauga Festival Choir - $10,000
• Mississauga Festival Youth Choir - $10,000
• Mississauga Independent Film Festival (MIFF) - $5,000
• The Mississauga Players Theatre Group - $9,000
• Orchestras Mississauga - $78,000
• Polish Canadian Society of Music - $15,000
• Sampradaya Dance Creations - $35,000
• Theatre Unlimited - $13,900
• Visual Arts Mississauga - $61,800
• Vychodna Slovak Dancers - $8,240
• What’s On? Tap! Dance Company - $7,725
• Cow Over Moon Children's Theatre - $4,900
• Carassauga Festival - $40,000
• Malton Community Festival - $10,300
• Mississauga Chinese Arts Festival - $7,695
• Mississauga Santa Claus Parade - $4,900
• Mississauga Waterfront Festival - $40,000
• MuslimFest 2010 - $8,000
• Port Credit's 175th Anniversary, Canada Day - $28,230
• Port Credit’s Busker Fest 5 - $10,000
• Portugal Cultural Week - $5,000
• Streetsville Canada Day Celebrations - $5,400
• Streetsville Founders' Bread & Honey Festival - $20,000
• Summer Festival – Philippine Independence Day Celebration - $4,500


Corporate Grants Program

Sheila Wilson, manager of Community Programs, 905-615-3200 ext. 5357

Cultural Granting Programs

Susan Burt, director of the Culture Division, 905-615-3200 ext. 5303

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