The honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sport has officially launched the Ontario150 program in celebration of the province’s 150th anniversary.
The Ontario150 program is a series of events and initiatives that will stretch to every corner of the province, showcasing Ontario’s innovative spirit, culture and community diversity.
In addition to a number of signature events planned across the province, municipalities, community organizations and Indigenous groups will be able to access funding programs designed to bring people together, while laying the groundwork for a strong economic, social and cultural legacy for Ontario’s next 150 years.
There are three application-based Ontario150 grant programs. They include:
- The Community Capital Program — a $25 million fund to renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure to increase access, improve safety and maximize community use (application period opens July 18 and closes September 14, 2016). This program is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Please visit www.otf.ca/Ontario150 to learn more about the program, read the application guide, access our calendar of outreach activities as well as the application form questions before the online application system goes live on July 18.
- The Partnership Program — a $5 million program to support new partnerships and collaborations that engage, enable and empower youth as the next generation of Ontario leaders (application period opens July 6 and closes September 30, 2016);
- And the Community Celebration Program —a $7 million fund to help communities celebrate this historic year (application period opens July 6 and closes September 2, 2016).
Ontario150 is an opportunity to show the pride we share as Ontarians, to tell our story to the country and to the world, and help shape the province’s future.