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.
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.