News release

Community and Culture Groups in Mississauga to Receive Grant Funding for 2019

The City of Mississauga is investing more than $3 million to support community and culture groups in Mississauga.

Local government | February 20, 2019

The City of Mississauga is investing more than $3 million to support community and culture groups in Mississauga. Today, Mississauga City Council approved the grant funding for various community and cultural organizations and projects throughout the city.

A total of $3,816,595.56 in grant funding was approved to support the following programs:

  • Community Grant Program and Multi-Year Agreement: $1,217,670.56
  • Arts and Culture Grant Program: $1,837,925
  • Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grant Program: $761,000

“Art, culture and community programs play a significant role in creating a vibrant and engaged city,”

said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “The City supports communities and organizations that impact the public in meaningful ways – whether they are organizations that foster community development through learning opportunities, or creating a sense of cultural pride. Supporting local talent and organizations through investment also helps attract visitors, who in return invest back into the local economy.”

Community Grant Program and Multi-Year Agreements

Eighteen groups have been recommended to receive grant funding, including eight as multi-year funding agreements and 10 as one-time grants. The City is funding these organizations to support the growth and development of neighbourhoods within communities that these organizations represent.

Funding will also be set aside for the Small Project Matching Grants which supports projects that reach vulnerable target groups such as seniors, youth and newcomers.

Multi-year Agreements:

  • Active Adult Centre of Mississauga: $275,256.81
  • Erin Mills Youth Centre: $72,888
  • Mississauga Sports Council: $114,595
  • Nexus Youth Services: $42,615
  • Safe City Mississauga: $132,729.75
  • The Riverwood Conservancy: $331,859
  • Volunteer MBC: $38,200
  • Ecosource: $109,683

One-time Grants:

  • Applewood Centre for Adult Learning: $6,695
  • Backyard Farm and Market: $10,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel: $6,500
  • Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled: $10,000
  • I Can We Can Incorporated: $3,500
  • Indus Community Services: $5,000
  • MIAG Centre for Diverse Women and Families: $4,949
  • North Mississauga Soccer Club: $5,000
  • Senior Tamils Society of Peel: $6,200
  • The DAM: $10,000
  • Small Project Matching Grant: $32,000

Arts and Culture Grant Program

Funding for this grant program supports emerging and established not-for-profit professional and community-based arts, culture and heritage organizations in Mississauga. The grant supports the development of exemplary arts and culture programs and services that improve participation, knowledge, understanding and an appreciation of arts, culture and heritage for the citizens of Mississauga.

A total of 35 organizations received funding as an established organization or a new and emerging organization. Funding was also approved to organizations based on specific projects. Six of these organizations are part of a multi-year funding agreement.

Established Organizations:

  • Art Gallery of Mississauga*: $325,000
  • Chamber Music Society of Mississauga: $80,000
  • Frog in Hand: $10,000
  • Heritage Mississauga*: $237,000
  • Living Arts Centre*: $100,000
  • Mississauga Arts Council*: $269,670
  • Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble: $4,400
  • Mississauga Children’s Choir: $21,000
  • Mississauga Chinese Arts Organization: $18,500
  • Mississauga Choral Society: $57,300
  • Mississauga Festival Choir: $38,000
  • Mississauga Festival Youth Choir: $18,000
  • Mississauga Potters Guild: $15,000
  • Mississauga Symphony Orchestra*: $150,000
  • Sampradaya Dance Creations*: $150,000
  • Sawitri Theatre Group: $40,000
  • Small Arms Society: $20,000
  • Streetsville Historical Society: $4,000
  • Theatre Unlimited: $15,500
  • Visual Arts Mississauga*: $160,000
  • Youth Troopers for Global Awareness: $15,000

* Represents multi-year funding

New and Emerging Organizations:

  • Arts on the Credit Mississauga: $5,000
  • Canadian Arabic Orchestra: $15,000
  • My School Rocks: $5,000

Project Grants:

  • Chamber Music Society (Carnival of Animals): $5,000
  • Frog in Hand (Summer Intensive): $5,000
  • Heritage Mississauga (Commemorating the Anniversary of the Mississauga Miracle): $5,000
  • Hispanic Canadian Arts & Culture Association (Latin American Arts & Crafts Workshop): $5,000
  • Meadowvale Music Theatre (Mary Poppins): $5,000
  • Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble (Production of CD): $3,750
  • Mississauga Pops Concert Band (Summer Concert Series): $5,000
  • Mississauga Symphony Orchestra (First Bi-annual Composition Competition): $5,000
  • Mississauga Writer’s Group (Creation and Printing of Anthologies): $2,500
  • MonstrARTity Creative Community (Mississauga Cultural Impact): $5,000
  • Oakville Festival of Film and Arts (Short Film Exhibition): $3,305
  • Small Arms Society (Recreation of Local Dance Café): $5,000
  • The Story Garden (Celebrating the heritage & arts of the Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation): $5,000
  • Visual Arts Mississauga (Culture@Riverwood): $5,000

Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grant

Grant funding supports various events, that reflect Mississauga’s many cultural traditions and practices, to ensure that Mississauga residents and visitors enjoy clean and safe venues.

A total of 16 established festivals and new and emerging festivals will receive funding, with three receiving multi-year funding.

Established Festivals:

  • Bollywood Monster Mashup*: $95,000
  • Canada Day Together Festival: $7,500
  • Carassauga Festival*: $120,000
  • Malton Celebrates Canada Day: $23,000
  • Mississauga Italfest: $19,500
  • Mississauga Latin Festival: $15,000
  • Mississauga Waterfront Festival: $97,500
  • Mosaic South Asian Heritage Festival: $60,000
  • Muslimfest: $60,000
  • Paint the Town Red Port Credit: $70,000
  • Philippine Festival Mississauga: $19,000
  • Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival*: $100,000
  • Streetsville Christmas in the Village: $10,000
  • Streetsville Founder’s Bread and Honey Festival: $52,000

New and Emerging Festivals:

  • Dragon Lion Dance Festival: $5,000
  • Egyptian Coptic Festival: $7,500

* Represents multi-year funding

For more information about the City’s grant programs, visit


Media contact:

Karen Flores
Supervisor, Department Communications
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200, ext. 5053
TTY: 905-896-5151