City provides over $787,000 in grants as part of Budget 2017

Fredericton City Council will provide $787,930 in grants to local groups as part of the municipality’s 2017 Budget. This includes contributions in the areas of Strategic Partner Capital Grants and Community Grants, as well as, Arts, Heritage & Cultural Activity/Program Grants, Ethno & Laureate Cultural Grants, Major Events, and Sport Tourism.

“We provide project and specific program funding through these grants to encourage the growth and stability of strong, sustainable non-profit groups and organizations whose purposes and services align with the City’s long-term plans,” said Coun. Greg Ericson, chair of the City’s Finance & Administration Committee. “This is a big investment in our community and slightly exceeds last year’s total grant funding.”

Council approved a one-time reallocation for 2017 to move an unallocated $90,000 from the Strategic Partner Capital Grant pool to the Community Grants pool.  Non-profit organizations will be able to apply for this unallocated funding in a new call for applications in 2017.

Council also approved $125,000 reserved from 2016 towards the Canada 150th Celebrations for Canada Day and New Year's Eve; Canada 150 touring projects and Fredericton based projects; and Arts, Heritage and Culture grants.  This is in addition to the Federal contribution.

Council also extended its support under the Strategic Partner Capital Grants for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery building expansion capital campaign. Having previously committed $500,000 at $50,000/year from 2012-2021, the City has now extended its $50,000/year commitment for another 10 years (2022-2031) for a total 20-year commitment of $1,000,000.

The overall breakdown of grants and contributions is as follows:

Grants Category Amount
Strategic Partner Capital Grants $210,000
Community Grants 340,000
Arts, Heritage and Culture Activity / Program Grants    78,500
Ethno & Laureate Cultural Grants  15,000
Major Events  50,000
Sport Tourism 94,430
TOTAL  $787,930


Following are the specific details about the Strategic Partner Capital Grants and Community Grants for 2017

Strategic Partner Capital Grants 2017

Recipient  Amount
UNB – "Forging our Futures" (15-year commitment (2009-2023) – $100,000/year) $100,000
Beaverbrook Art Gallery – Capital Campaign (20-year commitment (2012-2031) – $50,000/year)  50,000
Charlotte Street Arts Centre (5-year commitment (2016-2020) – $90,000 in 2016; $50,000 2017-2019; $10,000 in 2020)  50,000
Science East – Feasibility Study for an Expanded Science Centre (One-year grant)  10,000
TOTAL   $210,000


Community Grants 2017

Description Amount
Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival $50,000
Canada Day – Fredericton Civic Pride Committee 40,000
NB Highland Games & Scottish Festival 25,000
Shivering Songs (Capital Arts Support) 7,500
Multicultural Association 6,000
Bard in the Barracks 6,000
Fredericton First Night 5,500
The Notable Arts Theatre Company 4,000
Fredericton Pride 2,000
Beaverbrook Art Gallery - operating contribution  36,453
York Sunbury Historical Society/Museum  26,500
Science East  20,047
Fredericton Makerspace Inc. (at The Ville Cooperative)  7,000
Fredericton Outdoor Summer Theater (FROST)  6,000
Centre Communautaire Sainte-Anne  5,000
Ambassadorship Grant / Travelling Athlete  2,000
Fredericton Arts Alliance 1,000
Unallocated (Transferred from Strategic Partner Capital Grants to Community Grants for 2017) 90,000
TOTAL  $340,000


The City approved the 2017 Budget as part of a Council budget meeting held on December 12, 2016. Details about the budget can be found here.