Helping Promote and Conserve Ontario's History in Northumberland-Peterborough SouthPublished on February 19, 2020
Province continues to invest in community museums and heritage organizations
The province is celebrating Ontario Heritage Week, highlighting the important history of local communities and the diverse heritage of Ontario.
David Piccini, MPP for Northumberland-Peterborough South, is pleased to highlight that the following community museums and heritage organizations are receiving a collective total of $6,872 in funding support through the Heritage Organization Development Grant:
Campbellford-Seymour Heritage Society
Cobourg Museum Foundation
Friends of Wesleyville Village
Port Hope Archives
Save Our Heritage Organization
"I am proud that our government is supporting local stewards and champions of our culture and heritage," said MPP David Piccini. “Museums and heritage organizations enrich people’s lives right here in our own community and open the door for visitors from near and far. This targeted funding makes a tangible difference. It is important that our rich and diverse history be preserved for future generations.”
Through the Community Museum Operating Grant, 166 eligible community museums receive just over $4.8 million annually. The grant provides operating funding to community museums that may fund staff salaries, museum maintenance, building and preserving collections, exhibitions and educational programs.
In addition, 176 heritage organizations receive a total of nearly $240,000 in funding through the Heritage Organization Development Grant. This grant provides annual operating funding to not-for-profit heritage organizations and historical societies, and supports community engagement activities such as exhibits, public programs, lecture series and walking tours.
“Community museums and heritage organizations support local tourism, community well-being and learning,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “They also contribute to a spectacular double bottom line — the financial bottom line of the
province as well as the equally important bottom line of our cultural fabric and identity. Our financial support for heritage organizations and community museums helps ensure that current and future generations can continue to learn about our province’s rich history and culture.”
The province’s annual Heritage Week celebrations are led by the Ontario Heritage Trust. Ontario Heritage Week 2020 runs from February 17 to 23. Ontarians can learn more about the Ontario Heritage Trust’s calendar of events and listings in their communities during Heritage Week and all year long.
In total, the government is investing more than $5 million in 342 community museums and heritage organizations across the province.
Community museums throughout Ontario are custodians and interpreters of the province's irreplaceable heritage collections. They contribute to Ontario communities' economic well-being, attracting more than 3 million visitors annually.
Many heritage organizations are operated exclusively by volunteers. Each year, thousands of community volunteers contribute tens of thousands of service hours for these organizations.
The Ontario Heritage Trust is an agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. The Trust’s mandate is to identify, protect, promote and conserve Ontario’s heritage.
In the 2019 Fall Economic Statement, the government proposed a new program to provide free admission for children and youth to cultural sites and attractions across the province.
This is the 36th year that Heritage Week has been celebrated in Ontario, providing a chance to explore the rich heritage of the province firsthand.