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City Council supports cultural and heritage organizations

City of BrantfordCity Council supports cultural and heritage organizations

City of Brantford Council unanimously approved $84,885.00 in funding to support two local organizations through the Cultural and Built Heritage Grant Program during its regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

The Cultural and Built Heritage Funding Program was created in 2016 and is funded by the City of Brantford Casino Reserve to ensure that the local residents have access to a range of high-quality arts, culture and heritage assets.

“The purpose of this program is to financially support substantial capital facility and infrastructure projects for cultural institutions, including new construction, equipment, renovations, repair costs, collections maintenance expenses, and design or planning fees associated with planned capital improvements,” said the report from the Economic Development, Tourism and Cultural Initiatives Advisory Committee.

The program was open from December 2023 to March 2024 and on May 28, the Cultural and Built Heritage Funding Program Subcommittee reviewed and voted to support the chosen organizations and their applications for funding.

On June 19, the Economic Development, Tourism and Cultural Initiatives Advisory Committee officially proposed the subcommittee’s recommendations to Council and on Tuesday, June 25, the following funding applications were approved:

·  $43,048.00 to the Canadian Military Heritage Museum for its 2024-2025 CMHM Air Quality and Preservation Improvement project.

·  $41,837.00 to the Woodland Cultural Centre for its 2024-2025 WCC Museum Building Plumbing Repair project.

As part of the report, City Staff was directed to execute an agreement between the City of Brantford and both organizations to the satisfaction of the Director of Economic Development, Tourism and Cultural Initiatives, and that both organizations be directed to submit a final report upon completion of their projects.

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