Four Kingston festivals receive $137,000 in grant money

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The Corks and Forks International Wine Festival, which welcomed guests such as Harry Hetscheg and Tony Aspler at its inaugural event in April, will be receiving a $40,425 grant from the Celebrate Ontario 2019 program. (Meghan Balogh/The Whig-Standard)

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Four locally held festivals will receive a total of $137,000 in grants from the provincial government, it was announced Monday.

Artfest Kingston is to receive $26,821, the Kingston Canadian Film Festival $33,379, the Kick and Push Festival $36,250, and Corks and Forks International Wine Festival $40,425 through the Celebrate Ontario 2019 program.

According to a government-issued news release, more than $13 million is being doled out to 250 festivals this year.

By comparison, seven local festivals received funding worth almost $270,000 last year, while Celebrate Ontario 2018 granted more than $20 million to a record 328 festivals.

Of this year’s recipients, three of them received grant money last year as well.

Artfest Kingston, which holds a two-day festival in City Park on Canada Day weekend and a craft show during the Christmas season, was given $29,114 in 2018. The Kingston Canadian Film Festival, which takes place in March, received $62,000 that year. And the Kick and Push summer theatre festival, put on by the Kingston Theatre Alliance, saw its coffers jump by $30,000 after last year’s funding announcement.

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport received more than 400 submissions this year and the department’s focus “was put on providing support to new and emerging events” in the province, according to the news release.

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