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2020 Grant Recipients

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The Townshippers’ Foundation mission is to offer support to projects across the historic Eastern Townships. We are proud to say that we have given away over a million dollars since our creation and that we continue to support projects.

2020 has been a difficult year for both the Foundation and the projects and partnerships we support. The office had to move in late 2019 due to building issues at our Queen street address. In January 2020 everyone was back to a working schedule when COVID-19 forced the closure and cancellation of so many activities. We, luckily, had just held our general meeting to approve projects for this coming year. We were, however, unable to hold our annual Grant Giving Luncheon where we give out the cheques and learn more about the projects we support and the volunteers that make them happen. The groups did receive their grants to allow them to move forward.

We have contacted all the groups to see what their plans are and we have received very positive feedback. Some events have already taken place while others were postponed to 2021. This shows the resilience of the communities that we are so happy to support.

The 4H Club in Richmond had to cancel their plans to host the Provincial Rally but they will be attending in Howick 2021. The Ayer’s Cliff Fair was and still is working very hard on celebrating 175 years of their local fair. The St. Francis Naturalist Club is doing its best to organize speakers for the local schools; an ongoing project of the group. Winds of Change held its concerts outdoors with great success. There are twenty-two projects planned and many organizers are working to rethink how they will proceed. Many, such as the Men’s Shed in Lac-Brome, are restricted by the space they would normally use for meetings/get-togethers. Please check our webpage for a complete list of the projects.

For our part, we are holding our annual Capital Campaign and we hope that the Townships community will consider us for a donation. So many groups have been unable to hold fundraisers and need our help more than ever. We will be accepting applications for projects in late January.

The office may be reached at 819-822-3314 or via email at Our new address is 3355 rue College but note that the offices have not reopened to the public.

We are pleased to be in the same facility as the Townshippers Association, QAHN, Mental Health Estrie and The Townships Sun.

Published in The Record’s Hand to Hand column on August 26, 2020.

2020 Grant Recipients

Borderline PlayersThe musical comedy The Addams Family (quality, live entertainment and cultivate creative arts)StansteadArts
Knowlton Literary FestivalFinancial support for the 11th Annual Knowlton Literary Festival, October 15 to 18, 2020 in Lac-Brome.KnowltonArts
Missisquoi MuseumSeveral events and activities to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Eccles Hill (1870)Stanbridge EastArts
Studio GeorgevilleHelp isolated Anglophone writers in the Eastern Townships connect with each other to create a literary communityGeorgevilleArts
Townshippers’ AssociationImprove the quality of life, promote creativity through arts, music & drama & promote cultural exchangesSherbrookeArts
Winds of ChangeThe quartet will provide 1 hr of music with interesting facts & stories relevant to the music played.CowansvilleArts
Avante Women’s CentreEncourage women to expand their cultural exposureBedfordCulture
Colby Curtis Museum / Stanstead Historical SocietyEducational program to enrich the learning experience of elementary level childrenStansteadEducation
Phelps HelpsIncrease focus on bilingualism, 2-day camp leadership trainingStansteadEducation
Richmond 4H ClubHosting the 45th Annual Provincial Rally. To bring together the rural and non-rural youthRichmondEducation
St Francis Valley Naturalists ClubTo demonstrate the positive influence of Nature-Based Teaching, its associated benefits to education & how nature can be integrated into all subjectsSherbrookeEducation
Expo Ayer’s Cliff FairErect a monument and a park with benchesAyer’s CliffHeritage
Musée d’Histoire de SherbrookeTo preserve by freeze-drying 128 archive binders with water damage from the Sherbrooke Daily Record, ancestor to The RecordSherbrookeHeritage
Brome County Historical SocietyTo publish a bilingual exhibition catalogueBrome LakeHistorical
Richmond County Historical SocietyCreation of a large outdoor mural depicting both historical and current scenes of the townRichmondHistorical
Festival des Artists Georgeville Fitch-Bay18th festival – showcases the work of 40 artistsGeorgevilleHSS
Men’s Shed Lac-BromeWorkshops for men who may be isolated to come together in comradeship, education and communityBrome LakeHSS
Mental Health EstriePeer Support Group for individuals in the recovery process of a mental illness.SherbrookeHSS
Bibliothèque Lennoxville LibraryTo continue Family Story Night to foster the love of reading and use of the librarySherbrookeLiteracy & Youth
Centre d’Action Bénévole (CAB) de Stanstead Volunteer CenterTuesday Health Days for seniors 55 +. Adapted activities, games and conferences with a snack & lunch served. Blood pressure clinic once a monthStansteadSeniors
Townshippers’ AssociationFood for Thought 16 Lunch and Learn information sessionsSherbrookeSeniors HSS
Centre d’Action Bénévole (CAB) de Stanstead Volunteer CenterTo offer balanced snacks to workshop participants. To provide age-appropriate books & puzzlesStansteadYouth
Lennoxville District Women’s CentreTo subsidize books given to child participants to increase the chance of literacy and connectivity at home.SherbrookeYouth
Townshippers’ AssociationYOUth Townships network of partners in support of economic, entrepreneurial, educational & social opportunities for newcomers & youth in the regionSherbrookeYouth