The Winnipeg Folk Festival and eight other Winnipeg-based arts organizations got an early Christmas gift Wednesday.

The Folk Festival will get more than $250,000, from just over $1 million in federal funding.

Festivals such as KidsFest and the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, along with other community events are on the list to receive the funds.

Minister of Canadian Heritage and St. Boniface MP Shelly Glover said investments in arts and culture have many benefits.

"Canadian identity is very much linked to arts and culture," she said. "But more than the good feelings that we get from arts and culture, more than the quality of life that it provides to all of us, it produces 630,000 jobs in this country."

In a news release, the Folk Festival's executive director Lynne Skromeda said it's great news.

“Music is such a positive and powerful force in our community," she said. "This funding allows us to continue to bring music to the lives of so many people in Winnipeg through our summer festival and year-round programs. We are incredibly grateful for this support.”