Creative grant applications open in Lambton

Artist Daisy Fresh with her mural which now graces the Brooke-Alvinston Municipal Centre. The work was part of a Creative County grant application.

Arts groups in Lambton County with a plan but not enough cash to carry it out have a chance at a grant.

Monday, Lambton’s Creative County Grant Program start accepting grant applications for cultural, heritage, and arts initiatives in Lambton County in 2022.

Organizers of new or expanding initiatives are encouraged to apply online for funding to cover up to half of project costs.

Normally, the funding is for operation of an event or program, but this year, it can also be used to help with the cost of dealing with public health restrictions because of the pandemic.

For 2022, the committee will consider applications for minor capital purchases to support such projects as the purchase of specialized equipment, public art installations, murals, monuments, heritage markers/plaques, signage but construction projects aren’t eligible.

Projects led by or in partnership with Indigenous communities fostering Indigenous heritage and culture will have priority according to the committee.

“There is an intentional effort to advance reconciliation with our neighbouring First Nations communities with the support of this funding,” says Chair Brian White. “The public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process, and the new criteria the committee has added helps to advance reconciliation as a priority in Lambton County.”

Online applications will be accepted until Nov. 15. There is $75,000 which will be distributed for 2022.