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Cultural Grants Program

The Department of the Creative Economy's Culture Branch is pleased to present the 2019 City of Barrie Cultural Grants Program. The deadline for this year's application process was Friday December 7, 2018.

Grant Program Information

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

2018 Cultural Grants Recipients

Operating Funding
Barrie Concert Band - $4,000
Barrie Film Festival - $34,000
Barrie Music Festival - $4,500
Huronia Symphony Orchestra - $20,000
Kempenfelt Community Players - $5,000
MacLaren Art Centre - $135,000
Simcoe Contemporary Dancers - $13,000
Talk is Free Theatre - $62,000
Theatre by the Bay - $24,000

Project Funding
Barrie Concert Band - $3,000
Bravado! Show Choir - $3,500
King Edward Choir - $4,000
La Cle de la Baie - $2,000
Ontario Musicians Cooperative, Inc. - $4,000
Skyliners Youth Big Band - $1,500
Theatre by the Bay - $3,000

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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