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Approved: 2017 Culture and Community Grants Program Funding

Feb 08, 2017

Mississauga City Council today approved funding for its arts, culture and community grant programs. Funding was approved in the following categories:

• Arts and Culture Grant Program;
• Cultural Projects Grant Program;
• Cultural Festivals & Celebrations Grant Program; and
• Community Grant Program and Multi-Year Agreements.

"Many of the organizations that sought and received grant funding this year are the heart and soul of our community," said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. "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 2017 Culture and Community Grants Program opened on August 18, 2016 and closed on October 14, 2016

In anticipation of the Canada 150th anniversary events expected to take place throughout Mississauga this year, the City offered a project grant for 2017 that focused specifically on this celebration.

Details of all grant programs and recipients can be found below.

Grant Programs

Grant program: The Arts and Culture Grant Program

Description: This program provides operating funding for not-for-profit cultural organizations. The grant helps organizations to develop exemplary programs and services that further an understanding and appreciation of the arts, culture and heritage for the citizens of Mississauga.

Grant criteria: Each eligible grant application was reviewed and scored by the grants Peer Assessment Committee against the published criteria for the program which included the:
• merit of the service or project provided;
• impact the service or project has on a local community;
• capacity of the organization; and
• the organization’s need for funding. 
 
Funding allocation: On the recommendation of the Peer Assessment Committee, Council approved $1,702,677 in funding which will be allocated to:
 
1. Art Gallery of Mississauga - $325,000
2. Mississauga Arts Council - $269,670
3. Heritage Mississauga Foundation - $225,000
4. Mississauga Symphony Orchestra - $145,000
5. Visual Arts Mississauga - $145,000
6. Sampradaya Dance Creations - $130,000
7. Living Arts Centre in Mississauga - $100,000
8. Chamber Music Society of Mississauga - $70,000
9. Mississauga Choral Society - $60,000
10. Youth Troopers for Global Awareness - $40,790
11. Sawitri Theatre Group - $25,000
12. Mississauga Children’s Choir - $21,000
13. Mississauga Chinese Arts Organization - $18,000
14. Mississauga Festival Youth Choir - $18,000
15. Cow Over Moon Children’s Theatre - $17,500
16. Mississauga Festival Choir - $16,000
17. Theatre Unlimited - $15,500
18. Canadian Arabic Orchestra - $15,000
19. Mississauga Potters Guild - $12,000
20. Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble - $4,217
21. Streetsville Historical Society - $2,000
 
Project Grants awarded under the Arts and Culture stream were:
 
Organization: Art Gallery of Mississauga
Project title: Expanding Discourse PAC150
Grant amount: $3,000
 
Organization: Chamber Music Society
Project title: Glenn Gould’s 85th
Grant amount: $5,000
 
Organization: Cow Over Moon Children’s Theatre
Project title: Indigenous Stories
Grant amount: $5,000
 
Organization: Frog in Hand
Project title: Home
Grant amount: $5,000
 
Organization: Mississauga Arts Council
Project title: Boxes and Banners Neighbourhood Identity Projects
Grant amount: $5,000
 
Organization: Mississauga Camera Club
Project title: Canada 150 Exhibition
Grant amount: $5,000
 
Grant program: Cultural Festivals & Celebrations Grant Program

Description: This 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.

Grant criteria: Each eligible grant application was reviewed and scored by the grants Peer Assessment Committee against the published criteria for the program which included the:
• merit of the festival;
• impact on the local community;
• capacity of the organization; and
• the festival’s need for funding. 
 
Funding allocation: On the recommendation of the Peer Assessment Committee, Council approved $715,000 in funding which will be allocated to:
 
1. Carassauga Festival - $112,000
2. Mississauga Waterfront Festival - $97,500
3. Southside Shuffle Blues and BBQ Festival - $90,000
4. Bollywood Monster Mashup - $82,500
5. Paint the Town Red - $70,000
6. Mosaic – South Asian Heritage Festival - $52,000
7. Streetsville Founders’ Bread & Honey Festival - $40,000
8. MuslimFest - $35,000
9. Malton Celebrates Canada Day - $23,000
10. Port Credit Busker Fest - $18,000
11. Fiesta Ng Kalayaan - $15,000
12. Mississauga Latin Festival - $12,500
13. Irie Music Festival - $10,000
14. Streetsville Christmas in the Village - $10,000
15. Canada Day Together Festival - $7,500
16. Mississauga Fashion Week - $7,500
17. Mississauga International South Asian Film Festival - $7,500
18. Mississauga Polish Day - $7,500
19. Streetsville Canada Day - $7,500
 
Project Grants awarded under the Celebrations and Festivals stream were:
 
Organization: Canada Day Together Festival
Project title: I am Canada: A Visual Art Depiction
Grant title: $5,000
 
Organization: MontrARTity Creative Community
Project title: Monster Monde
Grant title: $5,000
 
Grant programs: Community Grant Program and Multi-Year Agreements
 
Description: In this category, there were four streams of grant funding available.
1. Multi-year funding agreements (By invitation only) – Agreements with eight key partner agencies, outlined below.
2. Operating funding – Up to $10,000 – Assists in the cost of general operations and programs delivery for the calendar year in which the grant is awarded.
3. Project funding – Up to $5,000 – Supports a specific event or activity taking place within a defined period during the calendar year in which the grant is awarded and has a clearly defined objective and a distinct budget
4. Small project matching grants – Up to $2,500 – Provides support to neighbourhood groups seeking to strengthen neighbourhoods, increase resident engagement, engage volunteers and deliver services/programs at the neighbourhood/community level. 2017 grants will focus on Canada 150 community celebrations. Grant funds will be available starting March 2017.

Funding allocation: On the recommendation of the Review Committee, Council approved $1,046,733 in funding which will be allocated to the following community groups in the three identified categories. 
 
Multi-Year Funding Agreements
1. Ecosource - $82,500
2. Mississauga Sports Council - $85,000
3. Nexus Youth Services - $40,115
4. Safe City Mississauga - $235,789
5. Square One Older Adult Centre - $169,393
6. St John Ambulance - $7,500
7. The Riverwood Conservancy - $281,859
8. Volunteer MBC - $35,000
 
Total Multi-Year grant allocation: $937,156
 
One-Year Operating/Project Grants
1. Applewood Centre for Adult Learning - $9,153
2. Erin Mills Youth Centre - $10,000
3. Global 180 Student Communications Inc. - $8,424
4. Mississauga Friendship Association - $12,000
5. Senior Tamils Society of Peel - $10,000
6. The DAM - $10,000
 
Total One-Year Operating/Project grant allocation: $59,577
 
Small Project Matching Grant
Grant funds will be available starting March 2017.
 
Total Small Project Matching grant funds available in 2017: $50,000

Media Contact: 
Lindsay Noronha
Communications Advisor, Community Services
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 3940
TTY: 905-896-5151
lindsay.noronha@mississauga.ca
 






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