The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport has awarded Norfolk County’s cultural community an Ontario 150 grant to fund cultural celebrations in Norfolk’s five downtown cores. Simcoe, Port Dover, Waterford, Delhi, and Port Rowan will host events featuring live entertainment, heritage activities, local art exhibitions, refreshments, and more.
Check this site regularly for updates. Plans will be updated as progress is made.
Ontario 150 funding programs were launched by the province as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations. The programs will fund a series of events and initiatives throughout the province, showcasing Ontario’s innovative spirit, culture, and community diversity. Funding was available in three programs: Community Capital, Partnerships, and Community Celebrations.
The Norfolk team received $70,000 for the celebration proposal, the maximum amount available per project. So far, Norfolk businesses and community organizations have pledged more than $50,000 to supplement the grant.
Norfolk County has agreed to contribute $10,000 to support the downtown events, along with an additional $10,000 committed by Scotiabank. Other contributors include Tri-County Insurance; the Port Dover Foundation; Simcoe BIA; MHN Lawyers; Good, Redden, & Klosler; Venture Norfolk; Ontario West Insurance; Greenfield Dental Health Group; Norfolk Arts Centre; Rotary Club of Simcoe; Millards; Bachmann Law; Roulston’s; Wentworth Financial; Port Dover Board of Trade; Brimage Law Group; and the Barrel Restaurant. Additional partners are needed. More funding means more entertainment, more exhibitions, and more fun.
If you are interested in organizing an attraction or exhibition, would like to participate in the celebrations, or are willing to volunteer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.