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MPP Smith wants to hand over some celebration money

Prince Edward County Mayor Steve Ferguson and Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith congratulated Celebrate Ontario funding recepients (front row, from left) Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival board members Kathie Oliver and David Oliver with chair Maureen Dunn; Festival Players managing director and producer Paul Flicker and associate producer Brianna Gorsline. Representatives from Comedy Country were unable to attend.

Celebrate Ontario grants support public festivals and events that promote increased tourist visits and spending within Ontario.

Last year, three Bay of Quinte organizations received $71,283 in funding through this grant. Recipients were The Festival Players of Prince Edward County ($56,750), the Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival ($10,000), and the Comedy Country 2019 ($4,533) as part of a province-wide $13-million fund to support events that drive tourism.

“Celebrate Ontario funding allows these creative people to focus on what they do best – producing high quality performances within our communities,” said Smith, presenting the funds last spring. “Their effort to bring top musical, theatrical, and comedic talent to Prince Edward County also brings tourism, jobs, and needed revenue. Past Celebrate Ontario recipients have told us that for every dollar of provincial investment, visitors spend more than $20.”

The application stream for the 2020 grant program is open until Jan. 21 at 5 p.m.

Learn more about the grant, information sessions and application apply at: http://www.grants.gov.on.ca/GrantsPortal/en/OntarioGrants/GrantOpportunities/OSAPQA005140?fbclid=IwAR2K-RLTnVijFnr6qdM41wELnCP0alEmT8GpKMgmZ_UeOj0XtYKdS13joLw

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