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June 29, 2007
Culture Build Investment Program supports cultural facilities
The City of Toronto is now accepting applications for the 2007 Culture Build Investment Program which provides matching funding to Toronto’s small and medium-sized cultural facilities to make essential repairs to the facilities’ physical infrastructures.

Funding is available for major repairs, renovations or improvements to buildings that will bring cultural 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
(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
(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 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. It recognizes the important role that culture plays in shaping the city’s future at a time when Toronto is celebrating a cultural renaissance.”

Deadline for submissions is September 14, at 4:30 p.m. For further information or to request an application, contact Lori Martin at 416-392-5225.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Lori Martin, Senior Cultural Affairs Officer, Toronto Culture, 416-392-5225



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