ACHF Funded Projects 2023 Round 1

2023 Round 1 grant recipients and funded projects

Fifty-six applications totaling approximately $250,000 in requested funding were received and adjudicated by our jury for the first round of funding in 2023. We are pleased to announce that nineteen of these projects – fifteen grants to individuals, and four grants to organizations – have received ACHF funding in the total of $59,000. We extend our congratulations to the following:

Shô Art Studios. $5,000. New Canadian Kid by Dennis Foon. Funding for artist fees for a theatrical production.

Kristen Siapas. $5,000. Jazz in the Park. Funding for artist and producing fees, venue costs, and promotion of an outdoor public concert series.

Maryam Safarzadeh. $4,920. Travelling to Persia. Funding for artist fees for a youth arts and culture summer camp experience.

Black Women of Forward Action. $4,500. Our Truth Our Story. Funding for artist fees for six original songs for an original documentary.

Teajai Travis. $4,400. A Blaze of Story Podcast. Funding for artist fees and podcast production costs.

Gemma Eva Cunial. $4,000. Give Me Action. Funding for artist fees, production costs, studio rental and associated costs for a feature film production.

Jamie Greer. $4,000. The History of Pro Wrestling in Windsor, Ontario. Funding for photo licensing, interviews, exhibition memorabilia and more for the next phase of a literary arts and history project.

The Artists of Colour. $4,000. Never-Ending Quest for Inclusion. Funding for exhibition construction, venue, installation, and artist fees for a visual arts exhibit.

Nicolas Lamoureux. $3,500. Bicycle Powered Plastic Shredder. Funding for materials, safety features, and educational and promotional materials for a new artwork and exhibition.

Kevin Blondin. $3,300. Windsor Drag Archives. Funding for artist fees, design and development, web hosting and promotion of an online archive.

Arts Collective Theatre – ACT. $3,150. ACT Youth Creative. Funding for set construction and costumes for a theatrical production and program.

Paul Montainier. $3,000. Brewing for Comedy Festival. Funding for artist fees, marketing and administration for a local comedy festival.

Maria Belenkova-Buford. $3,000. Song of the Nereid. Funding for artist fees, crew fees, editing, sound and music, and venues for a local short film.

Kaitlyn Karns. $2,000. The Broadway Bunch. Funding for artist fees, music fees, venue costs, and marketing and promotion for a cabaret-style production.

Matt Bhanks. $1,200. Altered Alliances Web Series. Funding for post-production costs and artist fees for a live-action adaptation of a novel series.

Batool Yahya. $1,080. Art by Those Who Have Experienced Homelessness in Windsor. Funding for art supplies, gallery rental, artist fees and promotion of a social-justice themed art exhibit.

Allesandro Rotondi. $1,000. Gentle Giant. Funding for artist fees, studio rental, graphic design and musicians towards a full-length original album.

Russell Alexander Macklem. $1,000. South Detroit Connection Album and Documentary. Funding for album art, pressing vinyl and compact discs (CDs), and documentary production in support of a music project.

Dale Burkholder. $950. South West Ontario Handbell Festival. Funding for clinician, music and facility rental for a new festival celebrating handbells.

“Since the launch of the City’s ACHF grant program, over four hundred innovative projects have received nearly $900,000 in funding," said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. "This program has a significant impact on the creative community while helping to celebrate and share the best of Windsor’s arts, culture and heritage sectors with the broader community. I am proud of Council’s recent increase in program funding, and continued investment in Windsor’s quality of life through arts, culture and heritage initiatives.”

Shô Art Studios Maryam Safarzadeh Black Women of Forward Action Teajai Travis Gemma Eva Cunial Jamie Greer The Artists of Colour Nicolas Lamoureux Arts Collective Theatre ACT Kaitlyn Karns Russell Alexander Macklem Dale Burkholder Matt Bhanks