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Ontario Trillium funding support for Cultural Development project

Thursday April 24th, 2014


For Immediate Release
April 22, 2014

Ontario Trillium funding support for Cultural Development project

BLYTH— The Township of North Huron, in partnership with Blyth Arts & Culture Initiative 14/19
Inc., has been approved for significant funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).
Huron/Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson was present at the Township of North Huron Council Meeting held
at the Emergency Services Training Centre in Blyth on Tuesday, April 22 to make the announcement.

The North Huron partnership is being provided $150,000 in funding over two years to hire staff to
coordinate a community-led initiative to renovate and modernize Blyth Memorial Community Hall,
explore opportunities and develop a School of Art, Innovation and Research in the former Blyth Public
School, and build an Endowment Fund for long term sustainability. Funds will also be used to launch
10 new artistic and cultural events through this initiative that will highlight Huron County as a
destination for arts events and provide increased employment and training opportunities through arts
and culture.

“North Huron appreciates having the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation to help build capacity
for the Campaign 14/19 organization,” said North Huron Reeve Neil Vincent. “We look forward to
continuing our collaboration with Campaign 14/19 and key community stakeholders, and partnering
with the Trillium Foundation to develop a creative economy and cultural hub in Blyth.

The OTF announced it is investing in twenty-five not-for-profit and charitable organizations in Huron-
Perth-Bruce-Grey this spring. Through these investments announced April 2, non-for-profit groups
will have the support they need to make an impact.

“The initiative taken by the Township of North Huron, in partnership with Blyth Arts & Culture
Initiative 14/19 Inc. is unique to the area. The vision, accompanied by a solid business plan, will
realize a good return on investment from the five components of this project. The Ontario Trillium
Foundation has provided valuable support to many organizations across Huron-Bruce that are making
our communities stronger every day.” - Lisa Thompson, MPP Huron-Bruce

A leading grant-maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the
voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of
Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.


For More information on The Ontario Trillium Foundation please visit www.otf.ca

Karen Stewart, Administrator
Blyth Arts & Culture Initiative 14/19 Inc.
519-523-4328 / 519-441-7629