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Greater Sudbury

Greater Sudbury Development Corporation Approves Major Grants to Arts and Culture Groups

Released Friday, May 17, 2013

The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC) has approved a disbursement of $496,000 to support 13 not-for-profit organizations that contribute to the arts and cultural community, through its Major Arts and Culture Grant Program. An additional $81,000 is available through a Community Arts and Culture Grant Program. Applications for a second wave of funding have already been received and will be awarded in early summer.

Arts and culture grant programs were established by Greater Sudbury Council to stimulate growth and development of an economic sector with potential to attract and retain a talented and creative workforce. Since 2005, municipal grants to support the operations of not-for-profit arts and cultural institutions, events and projects have more than doubled from $224,800 to $577,000 in 2013.

“Support of arts and culture is an investment in our quality of life,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk. “While these organizations provide significant benefits, they generally do not have the capacity to be financially self-sustaining. I am pleased we have been able to grow our level of commitment each year to ensure the continuity of these groups and their continuing benefit to the community.”

A Major Arts and Culture Grant Subcommittee of the GSDC evaluates applications for funding based on three general criteria: artistic/cultural merit (45%), community impact/benefits (25%) and organizational/financial health (30%) to ensure a sound investment. Recommendations for grants must be approved by the GSDC Board of Directors.

“The volunteers serving on our grant subcommittees should be commended for the many hours dedicated to supporting an economic engine of our community,” said GSDC Board Chair Scott Lund. “Our economic development staff plays an important role as well, by guiding organizations through the grant application process and by helping to identify additional sources of funding from senior levels of government.”

Recipients of the 2013 Major Arts and Culture Grant are:

Art Gallery of Sudbury - $120,000,

Carrefour francophone de Sudbury - $40,000,

Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival - $45,000,

La Galerie du nouvel-Ontario - $27,000,

La nuit sur l’étang - $17,000,

Myths and Mirrors Community Arts - $10,000,

Northern Lights Festival Boréal - $25,000,

Éditions Prise de parole - $35,000,

Le Salon du livre de Sudbury - $22,000,

Sudbury Symphony Orchestra - $35,000,

Sudbury Theatre Centre - $60,000,

Sudbury Summerfest - $15,000, and

Théâtre du nouvel-Ontario - $45,000.

The City of Greater Sudbury’s Arts and Culture Charter and Arts and Culture Strategy were adopted in 2006 with the following goals: to create a community that is committed and supportive of arts and culture, proud of its character and heritage and which values the economic potential and contribution of the arts, nurtures innovation and creative expression, and promotes strong collaborations and communication.