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Applications for Burlington Arts and Culture Fund now open


Applications are now being accepted for the City of Burlington 2019 Arts and Culture Fund (BACF).

The annual program gives project grants to local artists, multicultural groups and arts and culture organizations to help foster creativity and enrich how Burlington residents experience and engage with arts and culture.

Last year’s BACF supported 19 arts and cultural projects across the city, says Angela Paparizo, Manager of Arts and Culture at the City of Burlington.

“The program’s objective is to nurture the capacity of the arts and culture sector in Burlington, while fostering creativity, encouraging social cohesion and stimulating cultural and economic development through direct investment. We look forward to receiving this year’s applications.”

There will be a BACF information session set for Monday, Jan. 21 at City Hall (in Rm. 247, on the second floor) for anyone looking to learn more about the fund and application process. Staff and arts and culture professionals will be at the meeting, which runs from 7-9 p.m.

Applications can be submitted online at — the deadline is Feb. 8 and the funding will be given to projects from April 2019 to March 2020. Successful grant applicants will be announced at the end of March 2019.

To be eligible for the BACF, applicants must be:

  • located in Burlington;
  • an incorporated non-profit arts and culture organization; or
  • a charitable arts and culture organization, an individual artist, an arts and cultural collective or a multicultural group that fulfills a significant role in the Burlington community through the arts and culture.

Grants will be evaluated in part by a peer assessment jury for artistic merit and by city staff for program merit and strategic initiative, citywide and community impact and economic impact.

If you are interested in being a part of the peer assessment jury, please contact the Arts and Culture Council of Burlington (ACCOB) at by Feb. 1. A committee of local arts and cultural professionals and the ACCOB, supported by city staff, have worked together to develop this arts and culture grant program.

“Many local arts and culture groups, individual artists and members of Burlington’s cultural communities were able to put on successful events last year because of the Burlington arts and Culture Fund,” says Tim Park, ACCOB Board President. “We hope that many more will apply this year so they can present their talents to the residents of Burlington and we are happy to be involved with this initiative again.”

For more information, contact Angela Paparizo, Manager of Arts and Culture, at 905-335-7600, ext. 7352 or

“Arts and culture is the lifeblood of this city and this fund helps provide the on-going support and development of the local arts scene that keeps our communities vibrant. I am very excited to see what new, amazing and thought-provoking arts and culture pop-ups, exhibits and activities artists have in store for Burlington.” — Mayor Marianne Meed Ward


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