General Meeting | Tuesday | October 8th, 2019 | 7:15pm | Newton Cultural Centre
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Government of Canada funds ACS with $42,950
for BC’s largest multi-culturalism event ‘Fusion Festival’!

Group photo of recipients of Canadian Heritage funding | Sep 6, 2019 | Photo: Canadian Heritage

On Friday, September 6th The Honourable Minister of Defense for Canada and MP for Vancouver South, Harjit Sajjun came to Surrey’s Newton Cultural Centre [NCC] to announce on behalf of the Canadian Heritage Department the funding to the Arts Council of Surrey [ACS] of $42,950.00 for Surrey’s internationally acclaimed Fusion Festival. The festival takes place each July and is heralded as the largest multi-cultural event in British Columbia.

James Crosty, ACS Director/Business Development took to the podium to express the ACS’s deepest gratitude and to acknowledge that this event would not take place without the unprecedented partnership with the city of Surrey and their extraordinary staff. “Surrey Fusion Festival touches the lives of 100,000-plus attendees,” said Crosty, adding that it helps “to promote inter-cultural acceptance and awareness of various cultures and traditions.”

The MC for the event was ACS Marketing Coordinator Paul R Thompson who had the expressed honour of introducing the distinguished Minster, as well as other local dignitaries such as MP for Surrey-Newton Sukh Dhaliwal. Also in attendance were MP for Surrey Centre Randeep Sarai, MP for Cloverdale-Langley John Aldag, and MP for Fleetwood-Port Kells Ken Hardie. Canadian Heritage had a number of staff executing the announcement including Anna Gravelle, Regional Communications Manager. In addition to James Crosty, Steve Purewal from the Indus Media Foundation, Surrey whose organization received $366,000 also addressed the audience.

The mid-afternoon event was to announce the funding of $3.5 million for positive programming for multi-cultural and anti-racism initiatives. The audience of approximately 75 people, including media reporters, was comprised of members representing the forty-seven organizations who received part of this funding.

Light refreshment supplied compliments of the ACS were prepared and served by ACS VP Maxine Howchin. Photos were taken by ACS TEAM members Jenny Lewis and Ryan Broderick.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING MODELS: While the funding of the Surrey Fusion Festival is important to celebrating our diversity, there are other funding models now coming on-line. These funding programmes help address the first of four themes identified [Funding, Space, Organization Capacity and Connections] at the June 2019 Round Table with over 75 Surrey Arts Organization representatives and the City Cultural Division. [SEE SIDE BAR]

[focused on the Arts Council of Surrey aspect]
READ MORE: Melanie Minty Surrey NOW-Leader …’ Surrey Fusion Festival a fine fit for federal multicultural funding – Sep 9, 2019
[focused on the general announcement]
READ MORE: Amy Reid Cloverdale Reporter…$3.5M Boost for BC Multi-cultural Anti-racism initiative announced in Surrey – Sep 6, 2019

LtoR_James Crosty ACS Director_ National Defense Min MP Vancouver South Harjit Sajjun_Maxine Howchin ACS VP_Carol Girardi ACS President | sep 6 2019_ Canadian heritage announce | Sep 6, 2019 | PHOTO:

MC Paul R Thompson ACS Marketing Coordinator | PHOTO: Ryan Broderick

LtoR_John Aldag MP Cloverdale Langely City, Carol Girardi ACS President_Sukh Dhaliwal MP Surrey Newton_James Crosty ACS Director | Sep 6 2019_Can Heritage Funding Announce | PHOTO:

The Honourable Minister of Defense for Canada and MP for Vancouver South, Harjit Sajjun

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City Cultural Development Coordinator for two important presentations

FUNDING: An Overview of Grant Opportunities

GRANT WRITING 101: Strategies for preparing a winning grant application

Cultural Grant Opportunities

Cultural Grants Expression of Interest Forms Now Online!

Submit your form by September 25

Would you like some additional funding to support your organization’s arts and cultural programming in Surrey? Apply now for a 2020 City of Surrey Cultural Grant!

The Cultural Grants Program supports a wide range of arts and cultural activity in Surrey including artistic practices (music, dance, theatre, literary, visual, media, inter-disciplinary, community-based and Indigenous arts) and cultural celebrations and events that reflect Surrey’s diverse heritage and community.

To apply, complete an Expression of Interest form and submit it by September 25. As of this year, returning applicants are only required to complete the first section of the form (new applicants and organizations applying in a new category must fill out the whole form). New applicants to the Operating Grant category must also complete the Operating Grant Eligibility Checklist. Forms are also available in Word format; please contact us.

Information about grant categories, application guidelines, and eligibility criteria can be found on the Cultural Grants website. We are always happy to talk about your ideas and answer your questions by email, phone, or in our City Hall office.

We also offer several opportunities for support and guidance to prospective grant applicants. Read on to learn more about them!

Grant Intake Events

Cultural Grants Information Session
Wednesday, September 18 | 6pm | Surrey Arts Centre Studio Theatre

All applicants are encouraged to attend this event, where we will discuss the history and objectives of the grants program, outline changes to the program, describe the intake process, and provide some tips for applicants.

Grants Budget Workshop
Wednesday, October 9 | 6pm | Surrey Arts Centre Studio Theatre

Nothing makes or breaks a grant application like the budget, and nothing strikes more fear in the hearts of grant applicants. Join us for this interactive workshop covering topics including planning a balanced budget, tracking expenses and revenues, incorporating in-kind contributions, and reconciling your final budget.

Individual Grant Applicant Mentorship Sessions
Wednesday, October 16, 2–8pm | Saturday, October 19, 10am–5pm | Surrey Arts Centre

Cultural Grants staff will provide one-on-one feedback on in-progress grant applications. Following the submission of Expressions of Interest, eligible applicants will be invited to reserve a private 20-minute slot.


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