The Heart of Our City Committee announced today that it has awarded $120,000 in Heart of Our City Activity Grants to 24 events to be held during 2018 in downtown Lethbridge.
These events include a variety of music, arts and cultural festivals as well as seasonal celebrations that will attract audiences and participants to downtown Lethbridge. These include 13 multi-day events and 11 single-day events which will occur over a total of 98 days. Events will take place every month of the year and are expected to attract more than 57,000 attendees to downtown Lethbridge. There will also be five new sponsored events this year including: Adventure in Nature, AppleFest!, Cartoonist in Residence, FlipFest, and Party on the Square. Grant amounts range from $500 up to $9,000.
"We're pleased and proud to provide financial help on behalf of the City of Lethbridge to a really great array of events that will help achieve City Council's goal of enhancing the vibrancy of our downtown," says Mark Bellamy, chairperson of the Heart of Our City Committee.
The Heart of Our City Activity Grant provides funding support to help Lethbridge organizations host events that foster an exciting, vibrant downtown and attract audiences to the Heart of Our City. The criteria for application and approval of the Heart of Our City Activity Grant were established by the Heart of Our City Committee, which is a standing committee of City Council.
The deadline for applications for 2018 grants was October 31, 2017. Applications were assessed for merit, and grants have been awarded by the Heart of Our City Committee in consultation with the City's Community Services department, the Office of the City Clerk and a citizen member at large.
Details on the events receiving Activity Grant funding in 2018 are available at: www.lethbridge.ca/HeartofOurCity
George Kuhl, Planning Initiatives Manager
City of Lethbridge