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Le Cen­tre cul­turel Les trois p’tits points...in Alexandria is count­ing on re­ceiv­ing more sup­port from the On­tario govern­ment fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment that Queen’s Park will spend $1 mil­lion through its Fran­co­phone Com­mu­nity Grants Pro­gram.

The cul­tural cen­tre is hop­ing to see its an­nual provin­cial grant in­crease by ten per cent this year, re­lates di­rec­tor Marie-Claude Sabourin.

Fran­co­phone or­ga­ni­za­tions and small busi­ness own­ers are be­ing en­cour­aged to sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions for projects to help strengthen the sus­tain­abil­ity of French-speak­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

Based on the feed­back re­ceived from Fran­co­phone or­ga­ni­za­tions, busi­nesses and min­istry part­ners in round ta­bles and meet­ings held across the prov­ince, the govern­ment has added an eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and job cre­ation com­po­nent to the pro­gram. This new stream will help fran­co­phone en­trepreneur­s and busi­nesses im­prove front-line ser­vices and bet­ter serve their French-speak­ing clients and part­ners. The pro­gram will also help train and re­tain skilled bilin­gual work­ers.

“In ad­di­tion, the pro­gram con­tin­ues to in­vest in lo­cal cul­tural and com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives, demon­strat­ing the govern­ment’s on­go­ing sup­port for the Fran­co­phone non-profit sec­tor, as well as On­tario’s com­mit­ment to pro­tect­ing and pro­mot­ing the French lan­guage and cul­ture,” the govern­ment says.

“This in­vest­ment builds on our govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing front-line ser­vices for fran­co­phones and is part of our plan to sup­port and lev­er­age the eco­nomic strengths of On­tario’s Fran­co­phonie in or­der to cre­ate and pro­tect jobs,” says Min­is­ter of Fran­co­phone Af­fairs, Caro­line Mul­roney. “By in­vest­ing in com­mu­nity, cul­tural and busi­ness projects, the pro­gram will help strengthen the vi­tal­ity of fran­co­phone com­mu­ni­ties across On­tario.”

“We have a strong Fran­co­phone com­mu­nity in Stor­mont-Dun­dasSouth Glen­garry. This is a great op­por­tu­nity for us to en­rich our cul­ture and en­hance our busi­nesses,” says MPP Jim McDonell.

Ap­pli­cants can ap­ply for grants of up to $25,000 un­der the Com­mu­nity and Cul­ture stream of the pro­gram, and up to $50,000 un­der its Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment stream.

The sub­mis­sion pe­riod will close Au­gust 19.

Grant re­cip­i­ents will be an­nounced in the fall.

RICHARD MAHONEY PHOTO

GOOD DEVIL: Marc Angers, who will per­form with Les fils du di­a­ble in Alexandria in Novem­ber, dropped by Le Cen­tre cul­turel Les trois p’tits points last week.

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