Greater Sudbury Development Corporation Approves Arts and Culture Grants

Jul 2, 2015

For immediate release                                                                         Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC) Board has approved $594,912 in funding to 44 local arts and culture organizations through the Arts and Culture Grant Program. 

This program was established to stimulate the growth and development of this important economic sector, and to increase its potential to attract and retain a talented and creative workforce. 

"I congratulate the successful applicants and thank them for making our community more livable," said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. "The economic impact of arts and culture activity in our city is significant and this year's group is proof of that fact."

The Arts and Culture Grants Program is divided into two streams: operating and project.

Recipients of the 2015 Arts and Culture Operating Grants are:

  • Carrefour francophone de Sudbury $50,000
  • Centre franco-ontarien de folklore $8,000
  • Cinefest International Film Festival $40,000
  • Cultural Industries Ontario North $10,000
  • Galerie du nouvel-Ontario $42,500
  • Jazz Sudbury $31,250
  • La nuit sur l'étang $17,000
  • Myths & Mirrors Community Arts $15,124
  • Northern Lights Festival Boréal $27,500
  • Éditions Prise de parole $40,000
  • Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury $31,250
  • Sudbury Symphony Orchestra $40,000
  • Sudbury Theatre Centre $60,000
  • Theatre Cambrian $10,000
  • Théâtre du nouvel-Ontario $50,000

Recipients of the 2015 Arts and Culture Project Grants are:

  • Café-musique productions of Rayside-Balfour $4,000
  • Caruso Club (Coro Caruso) $1,650
  • Chorale Troubadours $2,000
  • Crestfallen Theatre $2,500
  • Downtown Art Crawl $2,000
  • Fiddleworks $3,700
  • India Canada Association $500
  • Jubilee Folk Ensemble $1,400
  • Nickel City Sound $2,900
  • Northern All Stars - Pan Steel Band $500
  • Northern Artist Gallery (Artists on Elgin) $2,000
  • Northern Initiative for Social Action $5,500
  • Northern Ontario Railroad Museum & Heritage Centre $2,500
  • N'Swakamok Native Friendship Center $2,990
  • Rayside Balfour Whitewater Brush Art & Palette Club $500
  • Regroupement des organismes culturels de Sudbury $1,500
  • Silver Birch String Quartet $4,890
  • Sudbury & District Weavers & Spinners Guild $2,990
  • Sudbury Arts Council $1,500
  • Sudbury Blueberry Festival $1,250
  • Sudbury Downtown Indie Cinema Co-operative $2,800
  • Sudbury Multicultural & Folk Arts Association $11,000
  • Sudbury Music Collective $500
  • Sudbury Pride $2,900
  • Ukrainian Seniors' Centre (Garlic Festival) $2,500
  • Valley Community Theatre $2,990
  • We Live Up Here (Up Fest) $2,990
  • Young Sudbury Singers $2,950
  • Youth Entertaining Sudbury Theatre $15,000

Applications were evaluated against the goals of the new Cultural Plan to incorporate the themes of innovation, creativity and potential for increased capacity. Evaluations were completed by two GSDC Arts and Culture Juries, with community and arts and culture representation to ensure a sound investment. Applications for funding are based on three criteria: artistic and cultural merit, community impact and benefits, and organizational and financial health. The juries make recommendations for grants, which are then approved by the GSDC Board.

“Education, entertainment, quality of life, employment and volunteer opportunities are just some of the many ways in which arts and culture is beneficial to our community,” said Dr. Darren Stinson, Chair of the GSDC Board. “On behalf of the board, I would like to thank our grant juries for their thoroughness and commitment, and for making an investment in this important part of our community.”

For a complete list of arts and culture grant recipients, please visit  

The GSDC is the economic development arm of the City of Greater Sudbury, consisting of a 17-member board of directors and supported by City staff. They act as a liaison between economic growth and development, and City Council.  The work of the GSDC board extends beyond monetary outcomes. It focuses on quality of life, retention of talent in the north, business growth, and the support of arts and culture in our community. 

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