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Arts, Culture + Heritage Fund (ACHF) 

Investing in the Soul of our City
The Family Soul group performs; Photo by D. Boshart
ACHF COVID-19 Enhanced Funding Round
$60,000 awarded to sixty-eight arts, culture and heritage projects

One hundred and forty-three local artists and creators applied to the City of Windsor’s enhanced funding round for the Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund (ACHF) grant program in response to COVID-19. Of these, sixty-eight applicants are receiving support for arts, culture and heritage projects that will be available online now through June 30, 2020.

Windsor City Council voted to release the ACHF COVID-19 Enhanced Funding Round to help support Windsor’s creative community during this difficult time. The funding requests totalled about $132,000. With $60,000 available in this round, the competition was high and the jury had to make extremely difficult decisions.

“Windsor has a proud history of investment in our arts, culture and heritage community,” said Mayor Dilkens. “One of the main goals of this enhanced funding round is to create shareable positive stories and experiences for our entire community to engage with over the coming months.”

The musicians, poets, storytellers, visual artists, filmmakers and dancers receiving funding are producing content that will be shared across social media and online platforms, and will be available for public streaming and downloading.

Through May and June 2020, Mayor Dilkens and the City of Windsor will share updates on livestreams and cultural engagement opportunities available to the community through these funded projects – all of which will use the #YQGStandsStrong hashtag to link them together online.

Upcoming online presentations:

ACHF COVID-19 Enhanced Funding Round projects and recipients  

  1. Bill Dileva. The Bill Nuvo Experience. Livestream magic show.
  2. David Carovillano. Clarinet for the Soul. Livestream concert.
  3. John-Paul Bonadonna. Leave Those Kids Alone. Livestream online concerts.
  4. Kate Hargreaves. Insulate. Livestream poetry reading.
  5. Gisele Dionne. Franco Danses. Livestream weekly dance classes.
  6. Garth Jackson. You Need Something To Slow You Down. Short film.
  7. Nora Harvey. Live Painting Class. Livestream step-by-step visual art class.
  8. Teajai Travis. Story Time with Uncle Teajai, Duke of Dressup. Storytelling videos.
  9. Madeline Doornaert. Madeline Doornaert LIVE. Livestream concert.
  10. Lesley Andrew. 3:30 LIVE! Livestream concerts featuring several musical genres.
  11. Ted Lamont. Ted Tuesdays. Livestream all-request acoustic shows.
  12. Luke Maddaford. HERE. Visual art exhibition available online.
  13. Clinton Anderson. Clinton Anderson Folks Around. Livestream concert.
  14. Gemma Cunial. Windsor Youth Short Film Showcase. Online film presentations.
  15. Liam Ingram. Cyber Rehab with Benz Menova. Livestream variety show.
  16. Kristofer Marentette. The Face to Facebook Livecast. Livestream variety show.
  17. Sarah F. Morris. Jane’s Walk 2020. Digital presentations from the 2020 event.
  18. Nhu Tu. Heroes of Windsor. Time-lapse mural creation.
  19. Averey Meloche. The Fantasy Fantasia Podcast. Storytelling and role-playing.
  20. Crissi Cochrane. Crissi Cochrane Livestream. Livestream concert.
  21. Sara Fontaine. The Fontaine’s Virtual Album. Livestream concert.
  22. Patricia Fell. #essentialToothFairy. Livestream video merging art and health.
  23. Kaitlyn Karns. The Broadway Bunch. Livestream concert of Broadway songs.
  24. Karen Morand. Tangerine Quarantine. Livestream storytelling/poetry/music.
  25. Justin Zuccato. The Indiana Drones. Livestream acoustic concert.
  26. Black Kids in Action. Our Voice for Our Community. Youth videos during COVID.
  27. Michael Evans. It Happened in Windsor. Video series highlighting Windsor’s history.
  28. Ben Graham. Mama Llama’s Enchiladas. Livestream and download of children’s book.
  29. Kevin Blondin. STAY HOME. Digital colouring activity pages from local artists.
  30. Spencer Montcalm. Art Conservation LIVE. Livestream art conservation tutorials.
  31. Christine Paris. Gaia’s Journey. Video presentation of “Gaia’s Journey” children’s book.
  32. Christy Litster. Colouring Pages Give-Away! Downloadable colouring packs.
  33. Heather Zaleski. Growing Your Own Vegetable Garden. Video tutorials.
  34. Julia Hall. Untitled. Video on the design/creation of an outdoor mural on native plants.
  35. Leslie McCurdy. The Spirit of Harriet Tubman. Video broadcast of the one-woman play.
  36. Eric Branget. Night Terrors. Local theatre collaboration; producing original podcasts.
  37. Kriste Latouf. Lights of Unity. Virtual presentation of a visual art exhibition.
  38. Emerald Isle Dance Society of Windsor. Irish Dancing 101. Livestream dance classes.
  39. Jade Wallace. The Southern Ontario Gothic Tour. Livestream poetry and storytelling.
  40. Scott Rawlings. Great Scott!!!! It’s MAGIC!!!! Livestream all-ages magic show.
  41. Alexandra Biniarz. Nature Poetry & Environmentalism. Digital poetry and stories.
  42. Chinese Association of Greater Windsor. United. Video highlighting community spirit.
  43. Brendan Scott Friel. Live from My Living Room. Livestream concert.
  44. Windsor Dance eXperience. Dancing with Windsor. Livestream dance classes and party.
  45. Alex Ungurenasu. To Light. Livestream poetry reading.
  46. Vanguard Youth Arts Collective. Run, Don’t Walk. Online art exhibition and Zine.
  47. Douglas MacLellan. The Long Pause. Digital photo project and magazine.
  48. ACT – Arts Collective Theatre. Wherever It Takes You. Showcase from a one-act play.
  49. Abridged Opera Co. Trio of Mini Concerts. Livestream of three operas.
  50. Korda Artistic Productions. Fearless Frieda & the Giant. Livestream theatre production.
  51. Mark Calcott. Faking Requests. Livestream ‘all-request’ piano concert.
  52. James Oltean. James O-L Online. Livestream concert.
  53. Bangladesh-Canada Association of W.E. Boishakhi. Celebration of Bangla New Year.
  54. Sasha Opeiko & Martin Stevens. Extraordinary Measures. Short film presentation.
  55. David Bergeron. Program Nexus. Livestream electronic music set.
  56. Czarina Mendoza. Non-essential Audio. Sound documentary responding to COVID.
  57. Theodore Hogan. Ted Hogan, Saxophone. Livestream musical performance.
  58. Imogen Clendinning. LEFT Contemporary. Visual arts/artists Instagram takeover.
  59. Kianna Porter. A New Dress Every Day. Livestream reading of poems by Marty Gervais.
  60. Murad Erzinclioglu. Open the Floodgate. Three development seminars for creators.
  61. Austin Di Pietro. Transcending Borders. Music recording and presentation.
  62. Jeremy Coulter. TROUT in Captivity. Livestream concert.
  63. Mark Laliberte. The Simpler Sampler. Creation/sharing of 2 e-books.
  64. JC Bitonti. Exulansis. Daily poetry readings, with a 60 minute final show from local poets.
  65. Lauren Rapp. Inside Out. Time-lapse video of a mural creation by a local artist.
  66. Sybil Lamb. Lamb Oracle Tarot Deck. Downloadable tarot gallery with interpretations.
  67. Erik Johnson. Floetry. Livestream poetry reading with musical accompaniment.

ACHF Funding Rounds

  • 2020 Round 1: Monday, January 20 to Friday, February 7, 2020 (closed).
  • 2020 COVID-19 Enhanced Funding Round: Friday, April 17 to Friday, April 24, 2020 (closed).
  • 2021 Rounds: Application dates for 2021 funding rounds will be established following 2021 budget deliberations.

Upcoming Public Information Session:

Please check back for information on the next available ACHF Public Information Session. These sessions are for first-time applicants only and are held at the Coach House at Willistead Park (1899 Niagara Street), directly across the parking lot from Willistead Manor. You do not need to attend this session if you have previously received an ACHF grant or if you have applied to the program in the past. During the session, we review the ACHF program guidelines, key priorities and objectives, and the application and adjudication process.  

Mandatory Consultation with Cultural Affairs staff

In order to be considered, applicants must consult with Cultural Affairs Staff prior to submitting a project for funding and before the application deadline. This helps ensure you meet the eligibility requirements before you work on an application. Consultation means a conversation, by email or phone, in which the applicant provides detailed information on their proposed project. This consultation does not mean a project will be recommended for funding.

To accommodate our applicants, the Cultural Affairs Staff will be available for consultation by email at

Past projects funded through the Arts, Culture + Heritage Fund

ACHF Success Stories

Since launching in 2014, the ACHF has awarded $523,200 to 221 arts, culture and heritage projects in Windsor. When projects funded by the program are complete, it frequently results in products being out there in the world for our enjoyment. From film trailers to photography collections, novels to performances, take a look at some of the materials showcasing the work of those who received funding from the ACHF to support their creative works and make a difference in our community. Visit ACHF Success Stories to read all about them.

Important Documents 

  • ACHF Application
  • ACHF Program Guidelines.
  • ACHF Application Important Update: Please note that as of August 2018, the ACHF Application will be accessible online only. The application will go live when the application round opens, and the link will be posted here. Applicants will have the ability to complete, attach supporting documents and materials, submit and receive confirmation of submission online. In this way, we are removing as many barriers as possible to this funding program.
  • ACHF Sample Project Budget. Please feel free to use this template, and attach to your online application. 


The City of Windsor's Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund (ACHF) invests in the soul of our City by providing financial assistance to locally-developed arts, culture and heritage projects that provide exciting, surprising and meaningful opportunities to strengthen our creative community. This funding initiative supports the City of Windsor's priority to build a strong and stable creative community that contributes to a prosperous creative economy and to making Windsor an amazing place to live.  

Program Objectives

  • Promote innovation and support new, dynamic efforts in the creative community;
  • Develop unique cultural resources to enhance the health and vitality of our communities and the quality of life for our people;
  • Encourage participants in the creative community to stay and continue to create and work in the City of Windsor;
  • Make arts, culture and heritage central to the lives of all our people;
  • Increase public awareness and access to the arts, culture and heritage sectors; 
  • Celebrate diversity by recognizing our rich creative community; and
  • Value creativity by promoting and supporting arts, culture and heritage. 

Key Priorities

  • Increase Windsor's attractiveness, affordability, and quality of life;
  • Support the development of new audiences;
  • Increase the supply of skilled cultural workers;
  • Nurture creativity and imagination through arts, culture and heritage projects;
  • Encourage the inclusion of diverse cultural groups; and
  • Increase public access to the creative community. 

Program Guidelines

Please view the ACHF Program Guidelines document for full details on: 
  • Eligibility - organizations, individuals, and projects.
  • Ineligible projects & expenditures.
  • Funding amounts.
  • Application - process and checklist.
  • Assessment and Decision Making - process.
  • Jury - selection, role, and conflict of interest.
  • Reporting - requirements and final post-project report.

Please see Related Links for helpful links and program information.