Ancaster Agricultural Society receives operational support to upgrade equipment and programming

Ancaster, ON – At the start of the Ancaster Agricultural Society’s virtual Annual General Meeting on Monday January 24th night, exciting news was shared with its members. Local MP Dan Muys and MPP Donna Skelly, along with Ontario Trillium Foundation volunteer Milena Balta, formally congratulated the group on receiving a $100,000 Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund-Operating Stream grant. Delivered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation over 6 months, the grant is helping Ancaster Agricultural Society to retain staff, support general operating expenses and upgrade software and computers to allow teleworking and virtual programming.

 “Our government wants to ensure the Ancaster Agricultural Society and the Ancaster Fair remain healthy and vibrant through these difficult times,” said Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook. “Investing in the non-profit sector through community-based initiatives is critically important as we continue on a path of economic growth.”

While the Fairgrounds are known for hosting the Ancaster Fair, its facilities are used year-round by many community members, businesses, livestock organizations, festivals, and commodity groups for a wide variety of events. To enquire about using the space for your meeting or event please visit the website at http://www.ancasterfair.ca

 “Thanks to the $100,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Ancaster Agricultural Society can continue to develop and deliver programs to the community and provide a safe facility as it recovers from the impact of COVID-19.” said Tammy Quin, Manager at Ancaster Agricultural Society

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.  Visit otf.ca to learn more.

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