Grant program opens for 1812 events

Posted December 23, 2013  by Fort Erie Post Source

Funding available to Fort Erie groups looking to host an 1812-themed event in 2014

After some initial uncertainty over what to do with leftover funds from the town’s War of 1812 celebrations, the money is now up for grabs to any local organization looking to host a bicentennial event.

In total, about $37,000 will be made available to the community, through grants of up to $5,000 that can be used to fund an 1812 event, provided it meets certain criteria set out the by town’s bicentennial committee.

“We want to go forward with initiatives that promote the War of 1812 and spread awareness of that history,” said Hill. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our local community groups.”

Members of the community, not-for-profit groups, civic and business associations can apply for the grants. Outside a few restrictions such as not conflicting with another sponsored event and courting the blessing of local BIA associations, there aren’t many hoops to jump through and event organizers are free to let their imaginations run wild with the details of the event.

There are a few groups who are not eligible to apply, such as sports teams or groups that have political affiliations. A full breakdown of eligibility criteria is available on the town’s website, alongside the application form. Detailed funding applications must be at Town Hall by March 1, 2014, and the event must be staged before the end of 2014.