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Municipal Funding Agencies
The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter’s “trustees” and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.
The Ballytobin Foundation is dedicated to the philanthropic support of visual and performing arts in Kingston, Ontario. It encourages organizations within the City of Kingston who are exploring a wide range of projects, from traditional to experimental. The role of the Foundation is to give cultural groups access to performance, rehearsal and display space at The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts and at The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, by subsidizing the rental fees.
CITY OF KINGSTON HERITAGE FUND
The City of Kingston Heritage Fund (CKHF) was established by Kingston City Council in 2013 in response to a need identified in the Kingston Culture Plan. It is designed to support groups and organizations that focus on cultural heritage in ways that benefit the community. The program is administered by the Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites (KAM) on behalf of the City of Kingston.
CITY OF KINGSTON ARTS FUND
The City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF) provides grants to local arts organizations and projects to foster creativity at all levels and enrich how Kingston residents experience and engage with the arts. Since its inception in 2007, CKAF has provided a mechanism for the City to invest in the arts and arts organizations with more than $500,000 committed annually to support a combination of both operational and project funding.
NAN YEOMANS GRANT FOR ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT
The Nan Yeomans Grant for Artistic Development aims to help young promising artists and/or artisans working in visual media to further their artistic growth and education. Totalling $2,500 in value and awarded annually to one individual, this grant is intended for training or focused creation. Applications are assessed by a peer jury based on the eligibility of the proposal and the artistic merit of the applicant. This grant is made possible through an endowment fund administered by the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area with the selection process administered by the Kingston Arts Council.
CITY OF KINGSTON WAIVER OF FEES POLICY
City of Kingston Waiver of Fees Policy supports not-for-profit organizations requesting use of municipal facilities for programs, community and special events as defined by the policy created. Similar waivers from the Limestone District School Board could also be explored.
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR KINGSTON AND AREA
The Community Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization that makes financial grants to a wide range of charities; promotes philanthropy and builds connections between donors and good works; and acts as a catalyst amongst organizations. It provides granting programs for organizations in the Kingston region through the Community Grants Program , the Regina Rosen Food First Fund, The Stark Family Fund, and the Nan Yeomans Grant for Artistic Development.
ROTARY CLUB OF KINGSTON
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service, and high ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his or her occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
ROTARY CLUB OF CATARAQUI-KINGSTON
Chartered in 1985, the members of Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston strive for the ideal of “Service above Self”. Our local, international and youth service projects are tied to the Rotary International six areas of focus.
THE UNITED WAY FOR KFL&A
The United Way’s mission is to build and strengthen the community by bringing people and resources together to facilitate change. They distribute funding through three impact areas: (1) Helping Kids Be All They Can Be, (2) Building Strong and Healthy Communities, and (3) Moving People From Poverty to Possibility.
THE DAVIES CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
The Davies Charitable Foundation is a registered, non-profit charitable organization founded in 1990 by Elaine and Michael Davies, former owner and publisher of the Kingston Whig-Standard. The purpose of the Davies Charitable Foundation is to support individuals and registered charitable organizations within Kingston, Ontario region in the areas of the arts, education, health and sports.
Provincial Funding Agencies
FUSION: THE ONTARIO GLASS AND CLAY ASSOCIATION
FUSION is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that acts as both a local and global voice of the Ontario clay and glass community to government, business and the general public. It provides a scholarship program to artists working in clay or glass to further their education.
MINISTRY OF SENIORS AFFAIRS
The Ministry of Seniors Affairs (French: Ministère des Affaires des personnes âgées) is the ministry responsible for senior citizens’ issues in the Canadian province of Ontario. The ministry advocates for seniors, undertakes and supports policy and program initiatives that help improve the quality of life of seniors, and undertakes public education efforts for and about seniors. It provides granting opportunities to organizations working with seniors in Ontario.
MINISTRY OF TOURISM, CULTURE AND SPORT
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is responsible for the development of policies and programs and the operation of programs related to tourism, arts, cultural industries, heritage sectors and libraries, in Ontario. The Ministry works in partnership with its agencies, attractions, boards and commissions and the private sector to maximize the economic, cultural and social contributions of its agencies and attractions, while promoting the tourism industry and preserving Ontario’s culture and heritage. It has many granting and funding opportunities available to arts, culture, and heritage organizations.
ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL (OAC)
The OAC is an arms’ length agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport. The OAC’s grants and services to professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations support arts education, Indigenous arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Francophone arts, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, touring, and visual arts.
ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and Canada’s largest granting foundation. Each year, more than 3,000 applications are reviewed by hundreds of volunteers. OTF grants are made across 16 catchments, which cover the province of Ontario. The Foundation awards grants in six distinct Action Areas: Active People, Inspired People, Green People, Promising Young People, Prosperous People, Connected People.
Ontario Creates, an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, is the central catalyst for the province’s cultural media cluster including book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing and music industries. Ontario Creates promotes, enhances and leverages investment, jobs, and original content creation.
ONTARIO CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS FUND
The Cultural Attractions Fund is a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation. It administers funding for Ontario organizations to develop, promote and present single occurence or first time events, or a significant expansion of existing activity, which are designed to attract new tourists and visitors to cultural events.
ReStart is the primary source of help and information for job seekers in the north area of Kingston. They offer – in partnership with Employment Ontario – government grants to small businesses to cover some costs of professional development for employees.
National Funding Agencies
CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS
Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study, enjoyment, and production of works in the arts. The CCA supports artistic excellence through grants, services, and prizes to Canadian artists and arts organizations.
Canadian Heritage and its portfolio organizations play a vital role in the support of initiatives that promote Canadian identity and values, cultural development, and heritage. This department of the Government of Canada has various funding programs designed to financially support initiatives; including those for festival events, arts training, cultural spaces, media, music, and more.
CANADIAN WRITER’S FOUNDATION
The Canadian Writers’ Foundation is a registered charity that provides continued financial assistance to approved senior Canadian writers in times of extreme financial distress. It provides a social safety net for writers for whom the Old Age Pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement are not enough.
A private non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian music industry.
Musicaction, une organisation à but non lucratif, a été fondé en août 1985 à l’initiative des professionnels de la radio et de l’industrie du disque et du spectacle. Depuis 30 ans, la Fondation encourage le développement de la musique en soutenant la production et la commercialisation d’enregistrements sonores ainsi que les activités de promotion collective.
Musicaction, a non-profit organization, was founded in August 1985 at the initiative of professionals in the radio, record, and entertainment industries. For 30 years, the Foundation has promoted the development of music by supporting the production and marketing of sound recordings as well as collective promotion activities.
The SOCAN Foundation, founded in 1992, is dedicated to fostering Canadian music creation and promoting a better understanding of the role of music creators in today’s society. The SOCAN Foundation is an independent organization guided by its own board of directors. The board, which consists of songwriters, composers and music publishers, reflects popular music and concert music genres as well as the geographic and linguistic regions of Canada.
Telefilm Canada is a Crown corporation reporting to Canada’s federal government through the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Headquartered in Montreal, Telefilm provides services to the Canadian audiovisual industry with four regional offices in Vancouver, British Columbia; Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and Halifax, Nova Scotia.