Windsor Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund

Sunday, February 9, 2025 - 11:45pm
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The City of Windsor’s Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund (ACHF) invests in the soul of our City by providing financial assistance to locally-developed arts, culture and heritage projects that provide exciting, surprising and meaningful opportunities to strengthen our creative community.

Key Priorities of the Fund

The ACHF provides financial support to help strengthen and develop Windsor’s creative community to achieve economic and creative growth in the City. Preference is given to projects that benefit one or more cultural sectors, and which develop new alliances and creative, innovative approaches. Projects must address one or more of the following key priorities:

  • Increase Windsor’s attractiveness, affordability, and quality of life;
  • Support the development of new audiences;
  • Increase the supply of skilled cultural workers;
  • Nurture creativity and imagination through arts, culture and heritage projects;
  • Encourage the inclusion of diverse cultural groups;
  • Increase public access to the creative community.

Eligible Organizations

To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must be either an arts, culture or heritage
organization that meets all of the following criteria:

  • Be Windsor-based;
  • Not receive concurrent funding from the City of Windsor;
  • Be not-for-profit, incorporated as a not-for-profit, or a registered charity;
  • Primarily produce and display work, and conduct regular operations in Windsor;
  • Have arts, culture or heritage as the main focus;
  • Be in ‘good-standing’ for at least one year at the time of the application;
  • Demonstrate fiscal responsibility;
  • Be directed by recognized professionals and / or managed by experienced volunteers.

Eligible Individuals

To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must:

  • Be a Windsor resident;
  • Primarily produce and display work outside of an organizational framework;
  • Be engaged in their arts, culture or heritage activity in the City of Windsor;
  • Be a recognized professional (have completed formal/informal training).

Eligible Projects

Eligible Projects under the ACHF program may include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing opportunities for organizations to engage youth and new creators;
  • Arts, culture and heritage tourism initiatives that result in new product development, increased market-readiness and new business opportunities;
  • Outreach projects which identify ways to strengthen organizational capacity to reach new markets, regions, cultural minorities and untapped future audiences.

Maximum Funding

Applicants are asked to apply for a reasonable amount of money to complete their proposed projects.

Project funding under the ACHF program will not exceed $5,000. Project funding not covered by the ACHF program must be provided by the applicant or through other project revenues.

The ACHF cannot guarantee funding to all applicants, nor can it ensure that the total amount requested by successful applicants will be granted. The recommendation to fund all or part of an applicant’s request will depend on its fit with ACHF priorities, assessment
criteria and the overall demand for funds in the program.