Arts, Culture + Heritage Fund (ACHF)
Investing in the Soul of our City ... Let's Create!
ACHF Funding Rounds
- 2022 Round 2: Closed. The current round accepted applications from Monday, July 4, 2022, to Friday, July 22, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Thank you to all those individuals and organizations that submitted an application for funding. In total, 47 applications were received. These applications will now begin to move through the adjudication process. We will reach out to all applicants in early fall with updates on funding decisions.
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.
Virtual 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.
- ACHF Virtual Public Information Session 1: Date coming soon.
- ACHF Virtual Public Information Session 2: Date coming soon.
Those wishing to attend will need to RSVP to receive an event-specific link and password to facilitate participation. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by email.
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. For the first time, the ACHF Juror Application Form is available and offered entirely online, with no requirement to print and mail documents. When you select the Juror Application Form link during intake phases, 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.
Of their collective experience working as part of the ACHF Jury for 2021 funding rounds, jurors said, "The experience as an ACHF juror is fulfilling ... it is so encouraging to see so many artists and arts organizations continuing to pursue such wonderful projects ... I would recommend this experience to anyone in the arts, culture and heritage sector, and I am so appreciative of the work done by City administration that brings the dreams of these artists into our reality. Windsor is a much better city for it ... Windsor is a mecca of creativity."
Mandatory Consultation with Culture staff
In order to be considered, applicants must consult with Culture 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 email@example.com.
Past projects funded through the Arts, Culture + Heritage Fund
ACHF Success Stories
Since launching in 2014, the ACHF has awarded $773,000 in grant funding, through 17 funding rounds, to 366 arts, culture and heritage projects in the City of 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arts Council Windsor & Region (ACWR) put out a helpful resource guide for Windsor & Region-Based Artists - Navigating Artist Fees. This resource should be used as a guide only to provide information about artist rates and fees. ACWR recommends you do not use this resource to directly determine artist fees.
Please see Related Links for helpful links and program information.