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March 1, 2006
Grants program invests in the physical infrastructure of Toronto’s cultural facilities
Toronto Culture is now accepting applications for the 2006 Culture Build Grants Program. The Culture Build Grants Program provides matching funding to Toronto’s small and medium-sized cultural facilities to make essential repairs to the facilities’ physical infrastructures. This year, Toronto City Council has earmarked $250,000 for the program.

Funding is available for major repairs, renovations or improvements to buildings that will bring the facilities into a state of good repair. Priority will be given to applications from not-for-profit organizations that lease or own small to medium-sized performing arts facilities (i.e. 500 seats or less) and are facing emergency repairs or health and safety repair projects.

Applicants to the Culture Build Grants Program must meet the following eligibility criteria:
(a) incorporated as a not-for-profit organization;
(b) located in the city of Toronto;
(c) have been in existence for a minimum of three years; and
(d) own the facility or have at least five years remaining on their current lease at the time of applying for the program.

The program does not support the following:
(a) regular building maintenance costs;
(b) feasibility studies;
(c) cost of purchasing or building a facility; and
(d) City-owned facilities.

“Since 2002, the Culture Build Grant Program has provided funding to the city’s smaller cultural venues to help them make venues more inviting and to draw in new audiences,” says Rita Davies, Executive Director, Toronto Culture. “The grants program has a positive impact on Toronto’s creative sector by enhancing the cultural experience of Toronto residents and visitors. We will continue our commitment to invest to ensure long-term growth for culture in Toronto.”

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2006. For further information or to request an application, contact Lori Martin at 416-392-5225.

Media contact:

Lori Martin
Senior Cultural Affairs Officer
Culture Division



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