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Grants Programs

The Department of the Creative Economy's Culture Branch is pleased to present one-time funding for LGBTQIA2+ initiatives. The deadline for this year's application process is Friday, August 16, 2019.

Barrie LGBTQIA2+ Community Fund

Barrie City Council has allocated $7,000 towards LGBTQIA2+ initiatives, including, but not limited to Pride Celebrations and anti-bullying programs. Council's intent is for a community-led fund, to which organizations can apply for funding.   Organizations must be not-for-profit, and the intended target are the smaller organizations with limited access to other government funding. The benefit of the funding should be local to Barrie.

Currently, the funding is a one-time program. Please be sure to read the LGBTQIA2+ Fund Application Guidelines fully before submitting an application.

Fund Structure

There are two City of Barrie grant streams that are now open for submissions from community organizations:

  1. Investing in Community Organizations Grant
    Funding for existing not for profit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQIA2+ youth and families.  Funding must be for either a new program or resource, or to scale an existing program to meet an identified need in the community.
    Available funds:  Two grants of $2,000 each.
  2. Building Community Grant
    Funding for existing or new organizations who are seeking to establish or grow the LGBTQIA2+ members or services in their community.  Funding must be for a campaign, program or resource to be deployed within their community.  Priority will be given to those organizations serving Indigenous/First Nations communities, New Canadians, and Youth at Risk.  If the applicant organization is not a registered not-for-profit, they must apply in partnership with a registered not for profit organization.  The City of Barrie encourages community partnerships for this grant program. 
    Available funds: Three grants of $1,000 each.

Organizations may apply to both grant programs. When doing so, they must submit two separate applications with support documents and financial forms for each.

What we don't fund:

  • Requests from individuals
  • Requests from organizations not serving Barrie area residents
  • National or provincial organizations or their affiliates
  • Academic research
  • Endowments
  • Fundraising events
  • Capital campaigns
  • Reimbursements for expenses related to past activities, events or projects
  • Organizational deficits or financial shortfalls

Required Application Documents


An impartial jury of non-Barrie-based individuals with expertise in LGBTQIA2+ issues in cities of similar size to Barrie will be recruited to review applications and make recommendations on the awards.  Individuals affiliated in any way with any of the organizations submitting proposals will be ineligible to participate. 

Applications and support materials are to be submitted by email to, unless otherwise arranged with the Creative Economy Department.

The awards will be made public within three weeks of the closing date of the submissions.

Organizations will be required to sign an agreement committing to using the funds in the manner described in their proposal and completing a final report.  These documents will be provided upon announcement of the grant awards. If for any reason the organization is unable to follow through with the project for which they have applied, the funds must be returned in full to the City of Barrie prior to December 31, 2019.


Cultural Grant Program Information - 2019

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. 

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 operations.  If your organization is applying for both, please do not reference your project grant in your operating grant application. 

Carefully read the Cultural Grant Guidelines​ prior to beginning the application process.  This will help you determine which forms you require and provide you with key information relevant to completing your application.

**If your organization applied and received funds in 2018, you will need to complete the Report Form and submit it to the Culture Branch prior to applying for 2019 funds. This may be submitted by email to or in hard copy, and should be separate from your 2019 grant application.

Submitting Your Application

The application process has now closed. Please check back in the fall of 2019 for 2020 Cultural Grant application information.


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 to the Culture Branch at

2019 Cultural Grants Recipients

Operating Funding

Barrie Concert Band - $ 4,000
Barrie Film Festival - $ 35,000
Huronia Symphony - $ 20,000
Kempenfelt Community Players - $ 5,000
MacLaren Art Centre - $ 137,000
Ontario Musicians Cooperative - $ 5,000
Simcoe Contemporary Dancers - $ 15,000
Talk Is Free Theatre - $ 62,000
Theatre By The Bay - $ 24,000
Word Up - $ 1,000

Project Funding

Barrie Concert Band - $ 3,000
Barrie Native Friendship Centre - $ 4,000
Bravado Show Choir - $ 4,000
Caring Kids Concerts - $ 4,000
Huronia Symphony - $ 3,000
King Edward Choir - $ 4,000
La Cle de la Baie - $ 2,000
Skyliners Youth Big Band - $ 2,000

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, Culture Branch, 70 Collier Street, Barrie, Ontario L4M 4T5, (705) 739-4220 Ext. 4593.

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