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2016 News and Information

Richmond offers grants for grassroots Canada 150 celebrations

2016 May 31

NOTE: the deadline for grants has been extended to July 25, 2016.

We’re baking the cake, you can light the candles. Help the City of Richmond celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by planning a community event and you could qualify for financial assistance. Richmond City Council has created the Canada 150 Community Celebration Grant Program to encourage and assist community groups to plan their own local celebrations of our nation’s sesquicentennial.

“As proud Canadians, Richmond will be hosting a year-long, city-wide celebration of our country’s 150th birthday with many exciting events planned,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “We want to build on those plans and ensure everyone has an opportunity to celebrate this important milestone in their own way. We’re inviting community groups, neighbours and others to plan their own unique grassroots Canada 150 activities and we’ll help with grant funding for qualifying events.”

Events funded through the grant program must meet some or all of the following criteria:

  • create lasting memories of Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation;
  • celebrate Richmond’s distinct and vibrant cultural diversity;
  • celebrate the past;
  • expand understanding of the people, places and achievements of Canada and Canadians; and
  • build vibrant, healthy and connected communities.

All applicants must be Richmond-based and funding is for events to be held within Richmond between January 1 and December 31, 2017. A variety of other criteria apply. Please visit www.richmond.ca/canada150 to get all the details and access an application form. Deadline for grant applications is July 11, 2016. A second application round will take place this fall.

Applicants could receive up to $10,000 to help stage their events.