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Grants Programs

The mandate of the Cultural Grants program is to promote and assist in the development of the arts in all its diversity for the enjoyment and benefit of all Barrie residents and visitors.

Cultural Grants Program Information - 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2021 grants program has been simplified and strea​​mlined as an online process to serve the needs of Barrie’s not-for-profit arts organizations.​​

There are two grant types available: Operating Grants and Project Grants. 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. 

Project Grants are for up to $5,000 and support new initiatives and special projects as well as serve to support smaller arts organizations' operations. 

Groups that apply for Operating Grants of under $50,000 may also apply for a Project Grant provided that the project is unique and separate from their regular annual operations. If your organization is applying for both,​ please do not reference your Project Grant in your Operating Grant application.​

The deadline for submission​​ is 4:30 pm on Friday, January 22, 2021. Applications will not be accepted after this time.

Submitting Your Application

New for 2021: Applications and supplemental forms must be submitted electronically via APLI. ​

Carefully read the Barrie Cultural Grant Guidelines 2021 prior to beginning the application process.  This will help you determine which forms are required and provide you with key informatio​n relevant to completing your application.

**If your organization applied and received funds in 2020, you will need to complete the Report Form for Barrie Cultural Grants 2020 and submit it to by January 4, 2021 to be eligible for 2021 funds.

​​​​Submission Steps:

  1. Download all of the applications and supplemental forms relevant to your application, complete and save to your computer. The Operating Grant application can either be signed digitally or be printed and signed by board members, then scanned and uploaded as a PDF. 
  2. To apply, you must register an account at eservice​ A registration email will be sent to complete the process.
  3. Once registered, log in, then click the "Culture" tab. 
  4. From there, use the "Applicants" drop-down to pick "Select from Account" and then select the account you just registered. 
  5. You will now see the submission page. All relevant applications and forms as well as any support materials must be submitted here.
  6. Operating Grant and Project Grant applications must be submitted separately and submitted with all necessary supplemental forms to be accepted. If you are applying for both streams, you can submit the same Statistical Form with each application.
  7. When you upload the documents, you must select the corresponding form type from the drop down menu for each document, then hit save. If you are missing any required forms, you will get a message telling you that you are missing something. You cannot proceed until you have attached all required documents. Financial statements can be attached as PDFs.
  8. Support materials can be attached as files, or if they are quite large, a link can be provided on the submission page.
  9. Upon submission of your application you will receive a notification email. 
  10. Cultural Development staff will follow up after the grant deadline to advise of next steps, including a review with the grants jury and a timelin​e for announcing the results.​​


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 Jury Panel - Recommendation Form and submitting it to the Economic & Creative Development Department at​

2020 Cultural Grants Recipients

Operating Funding

Barrie Concert Band - $ 4,000
Barrie Film Festival - $ 36,000
Huronia Symphony - $ 20,000
Kempenfelt Community Players - $ 5,000
MacLaren Art Centre - $ 138,000
Ontario Musicians Cooperative - $ 8,500
Simcoe Contemporary Dancers - $ 18,500
Talk Is Free Theatre - $ 63,000
Theatre By The Bay - $ 24,000

Project Funding

Bravado Show Choir - $ 4,000
Caswell Community Choirs - $1,500
King Edward Choir - $ 4,000
La Cle de la Baie - $ 2,500
Print Research Network Teach (PRNT) - $1,750
The Northern Appeal Press - $2,000
Skyliners Youth Big Band - $ 2,000 
Theatre By The Bay - $ 5,000

​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 Amanda Dyke, 70 Collier Street, Barrie, Ontario L4M 4T5, (705) 739-4220 Ext. 4593.

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