Grants announed for tourism, culture, and sports communities in Simcoe

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The County of Simcoe has approved 89 successful applications totaling more than $470,000 through the 2021 Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant Program.

The program is designed to enhance existing projects throughout the County.

“We know how anxious everyone is to get back to “normal” as soon as it is safe, including our outstanding tourism, culture and sport sectors, which have been severely impacted by the COV-ID-19 pandemic,” said Simcoe County Warden George Cornell. “Council was pleased to roll over our 2020 funds to allow us to award 89 grants and grow local talent, entrepreneurs and organizations committed to expanding regional tourism and enhancing our local com-munities.”

In 2020, the county received 99 applications requesting a total of almost $1.1 million in financial support.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Council voted to suspend the Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant an apply the allocated $300,000 to the 2021 program.

That increased the 2021 budget to $600,000.In 2021, the County received 104 grant applications requesting a total of $628,256.64.Council approved 89 applications for funding in the amount of $471,396.93.

The left-over funds from 2021 will be added to the 2022 funding amount.

Through the grant program, the Coun-ty supports and enhances tourism, culture, and sport in Simcoe County.he aim is to promote awareness, access, participation and appreciation of the offerings within the County.

The grants also build organizational capacity in local existing and new organizations, encourage collaborative opportunities and partnerships, contribute to the County’s overall economic health, and support innovative and accessible programming.

The Tourism, Culture, and Sport Grant Program is the result of a merger between the Simcoe County Tourism Development Fund, and the Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant.

For a full list of successful applicants for 2021, visit experience.simcoe.ca/re-sources.

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times

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