Brampton providing $100,000 in funding for local artists impacted by the pandemic

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Published October 4, 2021 at 4:03 pm

The City of Brampton is providing support for local artists who have been significantly impacted by the pandemic.

The COVID-19 Recovery Fund for Artists will provide up to $2,000 to individual artists through a partnership between the City of Brampton and the Arts, Culture and Creative Industry Development Agency (ACCIDA).

The funding is intended to help local artists stabilize, adapt, or rebuild creative practices significantly impacted by the pandemic through:

  • Strategic planning and creative business development research
  • Marketing artistic work and creative services
  • Upgrading technology to support artistic work
  • Website development or redevelopment
  • Creating and adapting workspaces for artistic practice and arts administration.
  • Upgrading skills and knowledge in artistic practice, arts administration, and technology

“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,” Mayor Patrick Brown said in a news release.

Applications for this grant are being accepted from October 4 until December 31, and there is up to $100,000 in funding available. Information sessions for those interested in applying will be held on October 22 and November 22.

“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,” Rowena Santos, Regional Councillor for Wards 1 and 5, and Council Panel Member, Arts, Culture and Creative Industry Development Agency, said in the same release.

“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,” she continued.

Additionally, the ACCIDA, in partnership with WorkInCulture, is offering further support to local artists through the Growing Creative Careers in Brampton, which is a 10-session workshop series focusing on professional development for artists and those who work in the arts.

Every week, participants will have the opportunity to take part in interactive activities, networking opportunities, as well as gain expert advice, and attend drop-in sessions to gain the necessary tools to advance their careers.

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