Canada will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. This is a significant milestone that allows us to connect with our past, celebrate who we are as communities and Canadians, honour our exceptional achievements and build a legacy for the future.
Based on extensive public consultation and clearly defined set of criteria, the City of Richmond is planning events in all four seasons of 2017 to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial.
Richmond Canada 150, a multi-faceted, year-long celebration program, will build on the City’s existing calendar of acclaimed major events. Not only will we add some once-in-a-lifetime celebrations and the launch of some new annual events, we want to leave lasting legacies that foster civic pride and carry the spirit of 150 into the future.
The guiding principles that Richmond will incorporate include tying the past with the future, showcasing Richmond’s unique qualities, creating legacies, and being inclusive, collaborative, and environmentally sustainable, all in a coordinated fashion with community events.
Richmond City Council wants to build on those plans and ensure everyone has an opportunity to celebrate this important milestone in their own way. Through a Council-created Canada 150 Community Celebration Grant program we are inviting community groups, neighbourhood groups and others to plan their own unique grassroots Canada 150 activities. We’ll help with grant funding for qualifying events. Applicants could receive up to $10,000 to help stage their events. All successful applicants will be notified of the success of their application approximately 10 weeks from the deadline.
The first grant campaign just ended July 25, and the other runs in the fall until November 18, 2016.
Events funded through the grant program must meet some or all of the following criteria:
- create lasting memories of Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation;
- celebrate Richmond’s distinct and vibrant cultural diversity;
- celebrate the past;
- expand understanding of the people, places and achievements of Canada and Canadians; and
- build vibrant, healthy and connected communities.
- all applicants must be Richmond-based
- funding is for events to be held within Richmond between January 1 and December 31, 2017.
Other criteria apply. Please visit www.richmond.ca/canada150 to get all the details and access an application form.
There is also an opportunity to volunteer for the many City events taking place next year. From signature festivals to neighbourhood parties, the Richmond Canada 150 program will have something for everyone. A big team of community volunteers will be needed to ensure the success of each event. We are building the team now and to hear about future opportunities, visit City’s I Can Help website at www.icanhelp.richmond.ca.