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Cultural Grants Program

The Department of Culture is pleased to present the applications for the 2014 City of Barrie Cultural Grants Program.  All of the necessary forms can be accessed from this page. The deadline for this year's applications will be Monday, December 2, 2013.

Personal information collected as part of this application process is under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended and will be used for the purpose of evaluating submissions for the Cultural Grant Program by the jury panel and City staff. When the process is complete, the names of the individuals that received funding, the amount they received and in which category – whether project or operating will be made public.   

No other personal information will be released without the express written permission of the grant applicant. Questions about this collection should be directed to the Culture Officer, Development, Department of Culture, 70 Collier Street, Barrie, Ontario L4M 4T5, (705) 739-4220 Ext. 4794.

Please note that there have been some minor changes made to the granting program this year, primarily in respect to individual artists.  The City of Barrie is no longer funding individual artists as per the following Council Motion:

13-G-123    Cultural Grants Program

That the 2014 Business Plan be prepared such that the funding associated with the Cultural Grants Program be allocated in its entirety ($325,000) to the Operating Grant Account (01-36-3251-0000-3800) utilized for grants to organizations and that no fund be allocated to the Special Grants Account (01-36-3251-0000-3803) utilized for grants to individual artists.  (Item for Discussion 6.4, April 8, 2013) (File: F11) (13-G-095) 

If applicants do not wish to mail in their applications, they are welcome to drop them off at the Department of Culture, 56 Mulcaster Street, Barrie.

It is important to remember that if you applied and received funds in 2013, you will need to complete the Report Form and submit it to the Department of Culture, City of Barrie, c/o Onalee Groves, at 70 Collier Street, PO Box 400 Barrie ON L4M 4T5, or email to prior to applying for 2014 funds.

Please remember to carefully read the Cultural Grant Guidelines prior to completing any forms.  This will help you determine which forms you require and provide you with key information relevant to completing your application.

There are two types of applications, Operating and Project.  Operating Grants are specifically for not-for-profit organizations that have been in existence in the community for over two years and have an established history of excellence in the arts.  Groups that apply for operating funds may also apply for a project grant.  Please click here to access an Operating Grant Application or here to access a Project Grant Application.

If you are an arts organizations applying for either a Project or an Operating Grant, both applications will require that you complete Statistical Forms and Financial Forms.  

The City of Barrie Cultural Grant applications are judged by a panel of individuals with significant expertise in the arts.  City of Barrie staff select these individuals from other municipalities across the province to participate in the jury process.  If you know of an individual that has extensive education and/or experience in the arts and you believe they would be an objective juror you are welcome to recommend them by completing the Juror Recommendation Form and submitting it the Department of Culture at

We hope that we have provided you with all the necessary information on the grants program, however if you require assistance or have any questions, please contact Onalee Groves at (705) 739-4220 Ext. 4794 or at  Good luck with your applications.

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