Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund (ACHF)
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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
2019 Funding Round 1 - Application Phase Now Closed

The Application Phase of 2019 Round 1 of the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund (ACHF) is now closed (February 1, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.). Thank you to all those individuals and organizations that submitted applications for project funding. We received 42 applications totalling $181,548.97 in requested funding. We are now in the ACHF Jury Adjudication Phase, which can take a little over a month to complete. We will be in touch with all applicants in the near future.

Upcoming ACHF Funding Rounds:

  • 2019 Round 2: Applications accepted from Monday, August 19, 2019 to Friday, September 20, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Public Meetings
  • Public Information Session: Wednesday, September 4, 2019. 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Coach House at Willistead Park, 1899 Niagara Street. A Cultural Affairs staff member will be on site to provide information about the ACHF program and application process, and to answer questions. This information session is for first-time ACHF applicants only. However, if you would like a refresher on the program, you are still welcome to attend. Reservations are not required.

Call for ACHF 2020 Jurors

We are currently seeking applications for those interested in serving on the 2020 ACHF Jury. As a juror, you will review applications submitted to the ACHF and make recommendations for funding. Would-be jurors possess a brain for business, and eye for art, and a heart for a creative community. If you feel you have the qualities needed to help select winning entries, please apply today. The deadline to apply to be an ACHF Juror is October 18, 2019. This is a terrific opportunity to spend a small amount of time to make a big difference in the community.

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

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.