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City of Brampton opens grant applications to help support local artists and non-profits

BRAMPTON, ON (October 4, 2021) – Starting today, the City of Brampton is accepting applications for two community grant opportunities, one to support Brampton-based non-profit organizations delivering vital programs and services and the other to help local artists recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advance Brampton Fund
A $600,000 community-grant program that provides eligible Brampton-based non-profit or charitable organizations with funds to deliver programs and services that meet the needs of the community.

There are three funding streams:
  • Emerging - provides up to $5,000 in matching funds for new and innovative projects. Open from October 4 to 29.
  • Developing - provides up to $12,500 in matching funds for programs that have run at least once in Brampton. Open from October 4 to November 29.
  • Amplifying - provides up to $25,000 in matching funds for projects that have run at least twice in Brampton. Open from October 4 to November 29.

Applications for all streams of funding will pertain to projects taking place in 2022. Grants are open to those that provide services for Brampton residents; including incorporated non-profit organizations, registered charities and, for the Emerging stream, unincorporated non-profit groups. For each of the funding streams, applicants must select a Term of Council Priority their project best aligns with.

Interested organizations are invited to attend a virtual information sessions on the application process:

  • October 7 – Emerging Fund Information Session
  • October 14 – Developing Fund Information Session
  • October 21 – Amplifying Fund Information Sessions

To further support local non-profits and charities, the Advance Brampton Fund has partnered with Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education to deliver Non-Profit Sector Development workshops focused on helping organizations expand their capacity and build sector education and skills. Workshops will be offered in November. Details at

NEW COVID-19 Recovery Fund for Artists
New this year, the City of Brampton and the Arts, Culture and Creative Industry Development Agency (ACCIDA) are pleased to introduce the COVID-19 Recovery Fund for Artists, a unique program to help support Brampton’s creative sector as Ontario begins to reopen and recover from the pandemic. This program is an extension of the 2020 COVID-19 Relief Fund for Artists and Arts Organizations.

Individual artists can apply for up to $2,000 to help stabilize, adapt, or rebuild their creative practice in the wake of the pandemic. Applications for individual artists will be accepted starting October 4 on an ongoing basis until either the end of 2021 or the available funding is exhausted. The total amount of funding available is $100,000.

Information sessions will also be held for artists and potential applicants to review application requirements. Details here.

  • Friday, October 22, 6:30 – 8 pm
  • Monday, November 22, 6:30 – 8 pm

Growing Creative Careers in Brampton
To further support local artists, ACCIDA in partnership with WorkInCulture, presents Growing Creative Careers in Brampton, a free intensive 10-session professional development workshop series for artists and arts workers. Each week, participants will have the chance to take part in interactive activities, networking opportunities, gain expert advice and attend drop-in sessions to gain the tools they need to move their creative careers forward. Details at

Interested in applying?
To register for the information sessions and view details, eligibility and application information for both the Advance Brampton Fund and COVID-19 Artist Recovery Fund, visit


“Now more than ever, our artists and non-profit organizations need our support to better serve the community and help with recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Brampton is a City of Opportunities, and I’m pleased to see the ongoing success of the Advance Brampton Fund and the benefit it provides to our non-profit organizations. I’m also proud to be introducing this new opportunity for individual artists. Brampton’s creative community has been significantly impacted by the pandemic, and I’m hopeful that this opportunity will help them to move forward and begin recovery.”
- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“I’m pleased to see another round of applications open for the Advance Brampton Fund and encourage all Brampton non-profit organizations to apply. The work our non-profit sector does for the community is invaluable, especially as we recover from the pandemic. This funding opportunity helps contribute to Brampton being a Healthy and Safe City.”
- Harkirat Singh, City Councillor, Wards 9 & 10; Chair, Corporate Services, City of Brampton

“I am so proud to see the City of Brampton and the Arts, Culture and Creative Industry Development Agency introduce this funding opportunity to help our artists get the help they need to recover from the pandemic and thrive. Brampton’s artists have been significantly affected by COVID-19, and as vital contributors to Brampton’s Mosaic, it’s excellent to see this opportunity available for support.”
- Rowena Santos, Regional Councillor, Wards 1 & 5; Vice-Chair, Corporate Services, City of Brampton; Council Panel Member, Arts, Culture & Creative Industry Development Agency

“The City of Brampton’s Cultural Services team is dedicated to supporting our community through opportunities like the Advance Brampton Fund and COVID-19 Recovery Fund for Artists. I encourage everyone interested in these funding streams to take part in the information sessions and submit their applications.”
- David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton


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Jacqueline Fulton
Senior Advisor, Media Relations, City of Brampton
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