The Ontario government has announced it will give an additional $27 million over the next three years to non-profit arts groups as operating funds.

In announcing the funding Thursday, Culture Minister Michael Chan said arts organizations do valuable work to "enrich our communities and strengthen our economy."

There will be $11 million in funding in 2010-11 administered through a new Arts Investment Fund under Cathryn Gregor, former chief operating officer of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

An additional $10 million will be available in 2011-12 and $6 million the following year.

Non-profit arts groups that have previously had grants through the Ontario Arts Council will be invited to apply. The OAC will administer the fund.

Chan said the amount was included in the previous provincial budget.

The OAC also has an additional $1.1 million over the next three years for English and French language book and magazine publishers in Ontario.

OAC chair Martha Durdin said the money comes from an "administrative surplus."