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August 5, 2003
Arts community to get a boost from grants program
Culture - The physical infrastructure of some of Toronto's small- and
medium-sized cultural facilities are about to get some desperately needed
funding for repairs, thanks to the Cultural Facilities Capital Grants Program.

The Cultural Facilities Capital Grants Program was developed to enhance the
cultural experience of Toronto residents and visitors. This year, Toronto City
Council has earmarked $250,000 for the program. Last year, 14 cultural
facilities received grants from the program.

Applicants to the Cultural Facilities Capital Grants Program must meet the
following eligibility criteria:

(1) incorporated as a not-for-profit organization;
(2) located in the City of Toronto;
(3) have been in existence for a minimum of three years; and
(4) own the facility or have at least five years remaining on their current
lease at the time of applying to the program.

Funding is available for major repairs, renovations or improvements to
buildings in order to bring the facilities into a state of good repair. The
funds will have a direct positive effect on an applicant's activities. Priority
will be given to applications from not-for-profit organizations that own or
lease small - to medium-sized performing arts facilities (ie. 500 seats or
less). The program will not support regular building maintenance costs.
Feasibility studies and the cost of purchasing or building a facility are
ineligible. City of Toronto-owned facilities are not eligible. The deadline for
submitting applications is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30, 2003.

"This is the second year that the City is funding the grant program," says Rita
Davies, Executive Director, City of Toronto Culture Division. "It is a welcome
show of support for smaller cultural venues in Toronto and is in keeping with
the direction of the Culture Plan which City Council approved in June. It
recognizes the important role culture plays in shaping our City's future."

Information about the Cultural Facilities Capital Grants Program is available
by calling Lori Martin at 416-392-5225.

Media contact:

Lori Martin, Senior Cultural Affairs Officer, City of Toronto, 416-392-5225



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