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July 8, 2008
Culture Build Investment Program supports cultural facilities
The City of Toronto’s Culture Office is now accepting applications for the 2008 Culture Build Investment Program. The program provides matching funding to Toronto’s small and medium-sized cultural facilities to make essential infrastructure repairs.

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 faced with emergency repairs or health and safety repair projects.

Applicants to the Culture Build Investment 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.

“Toronto has a wonderful array of cultural facilities, many of which are heritage properties that make a unique statement about our city. Since 2002, the Culture Build Investment Program has provided funding to the city’s smaller cultural venues to help make them more inviting and draw in new audiences,” said Rita Davies, Executive Director, Toronto Culture. “The grants program has a positive impact on Toronto’s creative and economic sectors by ensuring that our smaller cultural facilities are revitalized, and also by supporting and enhancing the lives of the creative individuals who are at the heart of Toronto’s cultural experience. It also recognizes the important role that culture plays in shaping the city’s future at a time when Toronto is celebrating a cultural renaissance,” Ms. Davies continued.

Deadline for submissions is September 12 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 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency 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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