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32 Organizations Benefit from Grants to Support Local Arts and Culture

The City of Greater Sudbury, through the 2021 Greater Sudbury Arts and Culture Grant program, awarded $532,554 to 32 recipients in support of the artistic, cultural and creative expression of local residents and groups.

“On behalf of Council, I want to extend my thanks to the organizations, artists and volunteers who dedicate themselves to lifting people’s spirits, especially during these challenging times,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. “Our arts and culture community has demonstrated resilience, adaptability and tremendous creativity in delivering program offerings in a physically-distanced environment. I am very proud of the diversity and vibrancy of Greater Sudbury’s culture, in all its forms.”

Funding under the grant program is administered annually by the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC) to generate employment and support for a variety of initiatives. Historically, each dollar invested under the grant program generates an annual return of $7.85 in other funding and revenues raised. Applications are evaluated based on artistic/cultural merit, organizational/financial health and community benefit.

Applications for the 2022 Arts and Culture Grant program are now open. Past applicants should note that the program guidelines and the assessment process have been updated. The application process for project and operating grants is open to all who qualify.

“We are all eager to be together as a community again for festivals, galleries, theatres, arts and culture experiences that allow us to experience the rich diversity in Greater Sudbury. Pre-COVID, thousands of people attended public activities hosted by recipients of the Arts and Culture Grant program,” said GSDC Board Chair Lisa Demmer. “During this difficult year, past and present recipients have pivoted and applied their creativity to offerings that bring us together, share local talent and generate employment. Thank you and congratulations to 2021 program recipients. We look forward to continued partnerships through the coming year.”

Guidelines, application forms and a list of 2021 Arts and Culture Grant recipients are available at The deadline for 2022 submission is February 3, 2022. Allocation of funding is dependent on final passage of the 2022 municipal budget.

Applicants are invited to attend an online grant information session to speak with staff about their 2022 grant submissions. The sessions will be held on Thursday, December 9 at 10 a.m. for the Operating grant stream and 12 p.m. for the Project grant stream. The link will be posted at

About the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation:

The GSDC is the economic development arm of the City of Greater Sudbury, consisting of an 18-member volunteer board of directors, including City Councillors and the Mayor, and supported by City staff.

The GSDC acts as a catalyst for economic development initiatives and supports the attraction, development and retention of business in the community. Board members represent various private and public sectors including mining supply and services, small and medium-sized enterprises, hospitality and tourism, finance and insurance, professional services, retail trade, and public administration.