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Barrie Arts & Culture Investment

The mandate of the Arts & Culture Investment 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.

Arts & Culture Investment Program Information - 2022

​The application window for the 2022 Arts & Culture Investment Program has now closed. Please check back for information about the 2023 application window in the fall.

Congratulations to the following successful applicants to the 2022 Arts & Culture Investment Program.

Operating Funding Recipients
  • Barrie Concert Band - $4,350
  • Barrie Film Festival - $42,400
  • Barrie Music Festival Association - $3,000
  • Bravado Show Choir - $4,500
  • Canadian Musicians Cooperative - $15,000
  • Caring Concerts - $3,683
  • Central Ontario Music Council - $8,000
  • Huronia Symphony - $20,000
  • Kempenfelt Community Players - $6,000
  • King Edward Choir - $4,500
  • Lyrica Chamber Choir - $2,000
  • MacLaren Art Centre - $150,400
  • Simcoe Contemporary Dancers - $21,400
  • Skyliners Youth Big Band - $1,500
  • Talk Is Free Theatre - $75,400
  • Theatre By The Bay - $33,400
Project and Capacity Building Funding Recipients
  • Central Ontario Music Council - $3,500
  • Ethnic Mosaic Alliance - $4,000
  • Huronia Symphony Orchestra - $3,000
  • Kempenfelt Community Players - $2,000
  • La Cle d’la Baie - $5,000
  • Simcoe Excellence in Multicultural Business Awards - $2,000
  • Spare Room - $4,000

Program Information

Qualifying Arts and Culture Organizations:

  • Performing Arts Organizations & artists (includes theatre, dance, and music
  • Visual Arts Organizations & artists
  • Arts Service Organizations
  • Literary Arts Organizations & literary artists
  • New Media Organizations & new media artists
  • Heritage Organizations

Funding Categories

Operational Streams
  • Organizations with budgets of $75,000 or more
  • Organizations with budgets of less than $75,000
Project and Capacity Building Streams
  • Projects
  • Capacity Building

Project and Capacity Building Grants are for up to $5,000 and support new initiatives and special projects as well as serve to support arts organizations in their growth. 

Barrie Cultural Grants Program Review

Since 2006 the City of Barrie has provided funding for not-for-profit organizations with a focus on the arts through a Cultural Grants Program. In 2021, the program underwent a review, resulting in a comprehensive list of recommendations, to be implemented in phases, culminating upon completion of an updated Cultural Master Plan in 2023.

The changes implemented for 2022 include a renaming, to the Barrie Arts & Culture Investment Program, increased clarity in eligibility and evaluation, and simplification of the application process.

Adjudication Panel

Arts & Culture Investment Program applications are adjudicated by a panel of individuals with significant expertise in the arts. City of Barrie staff ​​select five adjudicators, one local and four individuals from other municipalities to participate in the jury process.  Individuals with extensive experience in the arts that are interested and able to serve as an objective adjudicator are invited to complete the Barrie Arts and Culture Investment Program Adjudicator Application.pdf and submit it to

​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, PO Box 400, Barrie, Ontario L4M 4T5, (705) 739-4220 Ext. 4593.


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