As we head into Fall, funding is at the forefront for many working in the Heritage and broader cultural sector – with grant application and funding report deadlines fast approaching. We’re pleased to track and share such opportunities with our Members and the Heritage community. And, some of the best advice received: be sure to connect with your funding representative before finalizing your submission. They’re there to assist, want to provide insights to improve your case for support, and may even champion it. And when you are successful, be sure to Thank and Recognize your supporters whenever you can. Invite them to observe or participate in activities that result. They take pride in the outcomes too!
It’s also important to explore new approaches to further advance funding for culture – so pivotal to Ottawa’s enviable quality of life and economic success. The City’s ‘A Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa (2013-2018)’ highlighted the need to explore the development of independent, arms-length models that could provide further leadership, service and support to the community (such as cultural authorities or foundations). Thanks to funding from the City of Ottawa, the Ottawa Cultural Alliance is overseeing a feasibility study by an independent consultant team to explore such options and other cities’ models. It’s important that our Heritage community provides input to this work.
We encourage you to attend the public feedback session today, Monday, September 24th from 7-9 pm at the Ottawa Art Gallery. And to read the briefing document in advance.
We look forward to seeing, and hearing, from you there!