City of Windsor offers enhanced Arts, Culture & Heritage (ACHF) funding round in response to COVID-19
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City of Windsor offers enhanced Arts, Culture & Heritage (ACHF) funding round in response to COVID-19

The City of Windsor is offering an enhanced funding round for the Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund (ACHF) grant program in response to COVID-19. The evolving pandemic crisis is having a significant impact on the creative community – those working in the local arts, culture and heritage sector that help shape a vibrant city.

Independent musicians who rely on income from performances at restaurants, bars and nightclubs have cancelled engagements as small businesses close their doors in the interest of public safety. Theatre, dance and music-based productions, art and history exhibitions, book launches, workshops, summer camps and classes as far out as July and August of 2020 are being postponed or cancelled..

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens and City Council recognize the municipality has an opportunity to provide tangible support for the creative community at this time, while also giving Windsorites a renewed sense of pride during this crisis.

The City is re-launching the ACHF grant program to offer support to local artists affected by COVID-19, while supporting projects that will have a positive impact on all residents navigating social distancing at home during this time.

The ACHF COVID-19 Enhanced Funding Round will be administered as follows:

  • Available funding: $60,000
  • Maximum funding per applicant: $1,000
  • Minimum funding per applicant: $500
  • Who is eligible to apply: Local musicians, comedians, storytellers, dancers, singers, theatre artists, poets, filmmakers, visual artists, designers, and artisans (if you received ACHF funding in 2020 Round 1, you are still eligible to apply)
  • What projects are eligible: 45-60 minute live streams of performances including music/theatre/spoken word/poetry/storytelling, short films, visual art projects, and online classes/workshops/tutorials that all have a live component that allows them to be shared widely with the community; also non-live projects that can be accessed, downloaded, shared, etc. by residents virtually
  • Application phase: Applications will be accepted online only at www.achfwindsor.ca from Friday, April 17, 2020 to Friday, April 24, 2020
  • Public presentation phase: Works must be available/presented to the public between May 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020
  • Where will works be presented: Online, on streaming platforms and social media sites, and through partnership with the City of Windsor’s Cultural Affairs office; all using the #YQGStandsStrong hashtag; non-live activities (i.e. downloadable arts resources) will be hosted on our ACHF web section
  • Who to contact for support:

“Windsor has a proud history of investment in our arts, culture and heritage creative community,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Now more than ever, as we struggle to remain connected while socially distant, our local artists need us as much as we need them. The results will be shareable positive stories and experiences for our entire community to engage with over the coming months.”

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to apply online at www.achfwindsor.ca.

Backgrounder: Additional support for the creative community during COVID-19

The City is encouraging residents to support our local creative community at this time. The Culture section of the City’s website includes Creative Community COVID-19 Resources linking local creatives with municipal, provincial and federal resources to help during this challenging time. Additionally, Mayor Dilkens expanded on the #YQGStandsStrong initiative to target community support towards our creative community by encouraging residents to:

  • participate in an online art class;
  •  set up a commission with an artist;
  • donate the value of a show or experience ticket back to the artist or organization;
  • share resources, galleries and links to artists, and buy artwork online;
  • purchase gift cards for use with local artists/groups;
  • participate in live streams (concerts, exhibit openings, sing-alongs, poetry readings) that showcase the arts; and
  • share stories of our favourite artists, groups, spaces or experiences online.

About the Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund (ACHF) grant program

The City of Windsor’s Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund (ACHF) invests the soul of our City by providing financial assistance to locally developed arts, culture and heritage projects that provide exciting, surprising and meaningful opportunities to strengthen our creative community. This funding initiative supports the City of Windsor's priority to build a strong and stable creative community that contributes to a prosperous creative economy and to making Windsor an amazing place to live.

Program Objectives

  • Promote innovation and support new, dynamic efforts in the creative community;
  • Develop unique cultural resources to enhance the health and vitality of our communities and the quality of life for our people;
  • Encourage participants in the creative community to stay and continue to create and work in the City of Windsor;
  • Make arts, culture and heritage central to the lives of all our people;
  • Increase public awareness and access to the arts, culture and heritage sectors; 
  • Celebrate diversity by recognizing our rich creative community; and
  • Value creativity by promoting and supporting arts, culture and heritage.

Projects eligible for funding will benefit one or more cultural sectors; and will develop new alliances and creative, innovative approaches. Funding will be distributed over two evaluation periods. Projects must address one or more of the following key priorities:

  • Increase Windsor’s attractiveness, affordability, and quality of life;
  • Support the development of new audiences;
  • Increase the supply of skilled cultural workers;
  • Nurture creativity and imagination through arts, culture and heritage projects;
  • Encourage the inclusion of diverse cultural groups;
  • Increase public access to the creative community.

Organizations and individuals are urged to apply online following the project guidelines on www.achfwindsor.ca.

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