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August 6, 2004
Arts community to get a boost with grants program
The physical infrastructures of some of Toronto's small- and medium-sized
cultural facilities, many of which are in desperate need of repair, are about
to get some funding thanks to the Culture Build Grants Program.

The Culture Build Grants Program, developed to enhance the cultural experience
of Toronto residents and visitors, awarded 12 cultural facilities grants in
2003. This year, Toronto City Council has earmarked $150,000 for the program.

Applicants to the Culture Build Grants Program must meet the following
eligibility criteria:
(a) be incorporated as a not-for-profit organization;
(b) be 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.

Funding is available for major repairs, renovations or improvements to
buildings that will upgrade facilities into a state of good repair and have a
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, i.e. 500 seats or less, and are facing
emergency repairs or health and safety repair projects.

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 of Toronto-owned facilities.

"This is the third year that the City is funding the grant program," said 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. It recognizes the important role culture
plays in shaping our city's future."

The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m., Thursday, September 30.
Grant applications and information about the Culture Build Grants Program are
available by calling Lori Martin at 416-392-5225.

Media contact:
Lori Martin, Sr. Cultural Affairs Officer, Economic Development, Culture and
Tourism, 416-392-5225



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