A local cultural venue is receiving funding to withstand the financial pressures of the pandemic.

The Le Chenail Cultural Centre in Hawkesbury is receiving a $20,000 grant under the “Fonds d’aide et de relance pour entreprises et organismes francophones du Sud de l’Ontario” (FAREOSO) program and the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO).

This program directly supports the one-time costs associated with the reopening of organizations and to supplement the operating budget of not-for-profit organizations. This program is financed by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), one of Canada’s six federal regional development organizations, which provides financing and services to businesses that support innovation and growth in the southern portion of Ontario.

Through its “Culture pour tous” project, Le Chenail Cultural Centre contributes to the economic development of the Franco-Ontarian community.

General and Artistic Director Lynda Clouette-Mackay confirmed that the grant will be used to support the cultural centre and its activities, which have been greatly reduced due to pandemic-related restrictions.  The funding will allow the facility to continue its mission of contributing to the region’s cultural heritage.

The centre appreciates the assistance of AFO and to FedDev Ontario and their encouragement of partnerships intended to improve access to French language services in Ontario.

Le Chenail Cultural Centre is located at the historic Maison de l’île on Chenail Island near the Long Sault Bridge in Hawkesbury.