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January 26, 2017 -

The City of Kingston's Heritage Fund program is awarding almost $200,000 in grants to support groups and organizations that focus on cultural heritage in ways that benefit the community.

"Investments through the Heritage Fund help advance Kingston's Culture Plan and serve the City's strategic priority to protect heritage. The diverse list of recipients demonstrates the wealth of Kingston's cultural heritage offerings that can enrich residents' cultural experience and contribute to the economy through attracting tourism," says Caroline Petznick, managing director of the Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites (KAM), which administers the fund on behalf of the City.

Mayor Bryan Paterson will present cheques to this year's Heritage Fund recipients on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. in Memorial Hall at City Hall, 216 Ontario St.

KAM and the City of Kingston are pleased to announce the City of Kingston Heritage Fund (CKHF) grants recipients for 2017.

Project grants are awarded to:

  • Hellenic Orthodox Community for "The Kingston Greek History Project " ($11,500)
  • Frontenac Heritage Foundation for "Kingston in 150 Pictures" ($3,000)
  • Elizabeth Fry Society for "Honouring our Sisters" ($16,600)
  • Alzheimer's Society for "Trips to Kingston Area Museums" ($2,660)
  • Military Communications and Electronics Museum Foundation for "Visions of Vimy" ($4,890)

In addition to project funding, the City's Heritage Fund supports sector growth and sustainability with investment and operating grants. These are intended to support core operating expenses as well as program-related costs.

Requests for 2017 were double the available funding and necessitated serious discussion by the grants committee. Successful recipients demonstrated how support will enhance their operational capacity. This year's funding goes to:

  • Museum of Health Care: $52,418
  • Frontenac County Schools Museum: $37,495
  • Kingston Historical Society: $37,495
  • Marine Museum of the Great Lakes: $22,497
  • Beyond Classrooms Kingston: $5,000
  • Kingston Regional Heritage Fair: $4,000

Submitted in the September, all grant proposals go through an independent, adjudicated, peer review process to provide recommendations for City council. Council endorsed the recommended recipients at its meeting on Dec. 20, 2016.

Telling Kingston's stories is a fundamental focus of the City's Culture Plan, and the Integrated Cultural Tourism and Cultural Heritage Strategy. More details about the Kingston Culture Plan are online at:


Media contact:

For more information on Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites, contact Caroline Petznick, managing director, at 613-583-4014 or

City of Kingston Heritage Fund:

For more information on the City of Kingston's role, call the media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.