Arts & Culture Investment Program

Arts & Culture

2023 applications are now being accepted! The application deadline is Wednesday, February 15 at 11:59pm. Need some help? Review the presentation slides from an info session held on Monday, January 9. 

The mandate of the Arts & Culture Investment Program (ACIP) 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. 

The overall goal is to help strengthen Barrie’s arts and culture community through strategic investments in the work of arts and culture organizations. Through this investment, the program provides Barrie residents and visitors to the area with the opportunity to enjoy and actively participate in arts and cultural activity while:

  • Strengthening the relevance, responsiveness, effectiveness and resilience of Barrie’s arts and culture sector, 
  • Supporting capacity building by arts organizations, 
  • Developing Barrie’s identity as an arts friendly city, and 
  • Enhancing Barrie’s social, economic, and cultural prosperity by supporting Council’s Strategic Priorities.   

The City of Barrie welcomes and encourages diversity of cultural and artistic expression and practice.  

The total amount of money dispersed through the Arts & Culture Investment Program is approved by Barrie City Council through the Economic & Creative Development Department’s annual budget.

Eligible Arts & Culture Organizations

  • Performing Arts Organizations 
  • Visual Arts Organizations
  • Arts Service Organizations
  • Literary Arts Organizations 
  • New Media Organizations 
  • Heritage Organization

Funding Categories

Submitting Your Application

Applications and supplemental forms must be submitted electronically via APLI, the City's online application tool​​. The deadline for submission​​ is 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 15. Applications will not be accepted after this time. 

Carefully read the 2023 Program Guidelines (PDF) before beginning the application process. This will help you determine which forms are required and provide you with key information​ relevant to completing your application, including detailed submission steps. 

2023 ACIP Application Forms

Operational Streams
Project & Capacity Building Streams

If your organization applied and received funds in 2022, you will need to complete the  Report Form for Barrie Arts & Culture Investment Program 2022 (PDF) and submit it to by January 3, 2023 to be eligible for 2023 funds. 

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

Other Funding Opportunities