Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund (ACHF)
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Arts, Culture + Heritage Fund (ACHF) 

Investing in the Soul of our City
The Family Soul group performs; Photo by D. Boshart
2019 Funding Round 2 - Application Phase Closed

The Application Phase of 2019 Round 2 of the City of Windsor's Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund (ACHF) is now closed (September 20, 2019). Thank you to all those individuals and organizations that submitted applications for project funding. We have received thirty-six applications totalling $146,890 in requested funding. The approximate value of the projects seeking funding is $480,105. We are now in the ACHF Jury Adjudication Phase and will be in touch with all applicants in the near future.

Future ACHF Funding Rounds

Online applications to the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund will be accepted:

  • 2020 Round 1: Monday, January 20 to Friday, February 7, 2020.
  • 2020 Round 2: Monday, July 6 to Friday, July 24, 2020.
  • 2021 Round 1: Monday, January 18 to Friday, February 5, 2021.
  • 2021 Round 2: Monday, July 5 to Friday, July 23, 2021.
  • 2022 Round 1: Monday, January 17 to Friday, February 4, 2022.
  • 2022 Round 2: Monday, July 4 to Friday, July 22, 2022. 

Upcoming Public Information Session:

For 2020 Round 1, we will host a public information session for first-time applicants only on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at the Coach House at Willistead Park (1899 Niagara Street), directly across the parking lot from Willistead Manor. You do not need to attend this session if you have previously received an ACHF grant or if you have applied to the program. During the session, we review the ACHF program guidelines, key priorities and objectives, and the application and adjudication process.  


Mandatory Consultation with Cultural Affairs staff

In order to be considered, applicants must consult with Cultural Affairs Staff prior to submitting a project for funding and before the application deadline. This helps ensure you meet the eligibility requirements before you work on an application. Consultation means a conversation, by email or phone, in which the applicant provides detailed information on their proposed project. This consultation does not mean a project will be recommended for funding.

To accommodate our applicants, the Cultural Affairs Staff will be available for consultation by email at culturalaffairs@citywindsor.ca.


Past projects funded through the Arts, Culture + Heritage Fund


ACHF Success Stories

Since launching in 2014, the ACHF has awarded $523,200 to 221 arts, culture and heritage projects in Windsor. When projects funded by the program are complete, it frequently results in products being out there in the world for our enjoyment. From film trailers to photography collections, novels to performances, take a look at some of the materials showcasing the work of those who received funding from the ACHF to support their creative works and make a difference in our community. Visit ACHF Success Stories to read all about them.


Important Documents 

  • ACHF Application
  • ACHF Program Guidelines.
  • ACHF Application Important Update: Please note that as of August 2018, the ACHF Application will be accessible online only. The application will go live when the application round opens, and the link will be posted here. Applicants will have the ability to complete, attach supporting documents and materials, submit and receive confirmation of submission online. In this way, we are removing as many barriers as possible to this funding program.
  • ACHF Sample Project Budget. Please feel free to use this template, and attach to your online application. 

Mission   

The City of Windsor's Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund (ACHF) invests in 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. 

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; and
  • Increase public access to the creative community. 

Program Guidelines

Please view the ACHF Program Guidelines document for full details on: 
  • Eligibility - organizations, individuals, and projects.
  • Ineligible projects & expenditures.
  • Funding amounts.
  • Application - process and checklist.
  • Assessment and Decision Making - process.
  • Jury - selection, role, and conflict of interest.
  • Reporting - requirements and final post-project report.

Please see Related Links for helpful links and program information.