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Innovative Economic Development: Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnerships Fund September 28, 2006

Posted by Tom in Community, Economic Development, Innovation.

You have to appreciate a government that recognizes where the economic action is at. While we Americans talk about the creative class; the Canadians fund it.

The Ontario Ministry of Culture is readying to receive its first round of “Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnerships Fund” applications from “all the ‘creative content industries’, including magazines, film, television, interractive digital media, music recording, book publishing and commercial theatre.” Their criteria for issuing grants offers a window into the priorities of the provincial government:

The objectives of the fund are

  • to facilitate long-term growth of Ontario’s creative cluster industries;
  • to encourage collaboration and lasting partnerships
  • to support allliances between companies, trade associations and educational institutions

Project categories that have been identified:

  • capacity building
  • prototype development
  • domestic and global marketing
  • skills development

The Ministry’s grant page is linked here.



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