City Continues to Support Local Arts and Culture through COVID-19 Pandemic
The City of Greater Sudbury remains committed to strengthening the framework of programs that support the artistic, cultural and creative expression of local citizens and groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, the Greater Sudbury Arts and Culture Grant program awarded a total of $571,670 to 39 projects based on artistic/cultural merit, organizational/financial health and community benefit.
"Investment in the continued vibrancy of our community is more important than ever to counter the effects of COVID-19," said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. "Our arts and cultural community has demonstrated resilience, flexibility and tremendous creativity to deliver program offerings in a physically distanced environment. On behalf of Council, I extend our thanks to the organizations, artists and volunteers who dedicate themselves to lifting the spirits of all during these challenging times."
Funding under the grant program is administered annually by the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC) to generate employment and support for a variety of initiatives. Historically, each dollar invested under the grant program generates an annual return of $7.85.
Applications for the 2021 Arts and Culture Grant program are now open. Past applicants should note that program guidelines and the application process have been updated. Operating grants will be limited to past applicants to focus on recovery efforts. The application process for project grants remains unchanged and is open to all who qualify.
“We know that pre-COVID, thousands of people attended public activities hosted by recipients of the Arts and Culture Grant program,” said GSDC Board Chair Andrée Lacroix. “During this difficult year, past and present recipients have pivoted and applied their creativity to offerings that bring us together, share local talent, and generate employment. Thank you and congratulations to 2020 program recipients. We look forward to continued partnerships through the coming year.”
Guidelines, application forms and a list of 2020 Arts and Culture Grant recipients are available at www.investsudbury.ca/artsandculture. Deadline for submission is February 11, 2021. Allocation of funding is dependent on final passage of the 2021 municipal budget.
About the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation:
The GSDC is the economic development arm of the City of Greater Sudbury, consisting of an 18-member volunteer board of directors, including City Councillors and the Mayor, and supported by City staff.
The GSDC acts as a catalyst for economic development initiatives and supports the attraction, development and retention of business in the community. Board members represent various private and public sectors including mining supply and services, small and medium-sized enterprises, hospitality and tourism, finance and insurance, professional services, retail trade, and public administration.