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Council Approves Funding for 2011 Community Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grant Program

Mar 30, 2011

Today, Members of Mississauga City Council approved more than $415,901 in funding for the 2011 Community Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grant Program.

"The City's Community Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grant Program contributes to the sustainability of cultural organizations, and helps to ensure the availability of a wide range of cultural opportunities for Mississauga residents and visitors," said Susan Burt, director of the Culture Division. "Grants are reviewed by a panel of independent assessors, based on established criteria and who are knowledgeable of festivals and other cultural activities in Mississauga. We are pleased with the outcomes of this year's process."

The Community Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grant Program supports new/emerging, major one-time and established community cultural festivals and celebrations. The program is open to incorporated and ad hoc groups that are community driven, non-profit, based and active in Mississauga, providing programs or services that are open to the public and publicized citywide.

Grants totalling more than $415,901 will be awarded to groups for long-term growth and development of arts and culture in our community. The grants will be awarded to:

• Carassauga Festival $81,224
• Malton Festival $10,300 - pending submission of additional information as directed by Council
• Mississauga Independent Film Festival $6,677.97
• Mississauga Waterfront Festival $90,673
• Muslimfest $31,762.00 - pending submission of additional information as directed by Council
• Paint the Town Red $22,655 - pending submission of additional information as directed by Council
• Port Credit Busker Fest 6 $10,000
• Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival $114,344
• Streetsville Canada Day Celebrations $7,934
• Streetsville Founders' Bread and Honey Festival $30,331.61
• Summer Festival (Kalayaan)– Philippine Independence Day Celebration $10,000

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money, maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.

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