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Cultural Grant Program Information - 2020

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 2020.pdf​ 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 2019, you will need to complete the Report Form for Barrie Cultural Grants 2019.doc and submit it to the Creative Economy Department prior to applying for 2020 funds. This may be submitted by email to or in hard copy, and should be separate from your 2020 grant application.

Submitting Your Application

We will accept applications postmarked by Canada Post or a courier company no later than 4:30 pm on Friday, December 6, 2019.  Applications can be mailed to City of Barrie, Creative Economy Department, PO Box 400, Barrie ON L4M 4T5 or hand delivered to our office located at 56 Mulcaster Street. 


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 Creative Economy Department 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, 70 Collier Street, Barrie, Ontario L4M 4T5, (705) 739-4220 Ext. 4593.

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