Arts, Culture + Heritage Fund (ACHF) 

Investing in the Soul of our City
The Family Soul group performs, photo by D Boshart
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 Round 1: Applications accepted from Monday, March 1 to Friday, March 26, 2021 (closed).
  • 2021 Round 2: Thank you to all those individuals and organizations that submitted an application to the second round of funding for 2021. We received 25 applications, with a total ask of $88,519. Applications are now in the adjudication phase. Best wishes to all those who applied.

Please note: When you select the ACHF Application link during application rounds, you will be redirected to the MyWindsor Portal and required to create a local account or use an existing Google account to proceed with your application.

Public Information Sessions:

To assist ACHF applicants, a virtual public information session is offered at least once a year, at which time program coordinators will review the guidelines, key priorities and objectives, and the application and adjudication process. Attendance is not mandatory, and the session is recommended for first-time applicants only. The date and time for this session will be published on this page in January of each year.

ACHF Jurors

ACHF jurors are Windsor residents who possess a brain for business, an eye for art, and a commitment to a vibrant cultural community are encouraged to apply to serve on the ACHF Jury to evaluate applications. When new jurors are required, the City puts out a Call for applications. If you feel you have the qualities needed to help select winning entries, please apply at that time. This is a meaningful opportunity to spend a small amount of time to have a significant impact on our community.

  • Current deadline: We are not currently seeking ACHF jurors. Please check back in November 2021. 

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 culturalaffairs@citywindsor.ca.


Past projects funded through the Arts, Culture + Heritage Fund


ACHF Success Stories

Since launching in 2014, the ACHF has awarded $626,800 to 310 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.

Mission 

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.

Note on Project Budget and Artist Fees: As noted in the Program Guidelines, the City of Windsor encourages all applicants to ensure standard artist fees are provided to all artists participating in a project. Please refer to CARFAC, the Canadian Federation of Musicians, etc. to determine standard rates for artists. The City adheres to these fee schedules for all City-led events and initiatives, and encourages artists participating in ACHF to do the same. 


Please see Related Links for helpful links and program information.