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Belonging & Culture

Build the community we all want to live in.

Being part of a group or place inspires passion and creativity and builds the community we all want to live in.

We self-identify through our interests, experiences, relationships, social activities and environment. The sense of “belonging” grounds us and provides the basis of our own identity. The Foundation supports organizations and programs whose work bridge generations and unites the community around cultural development, the arts and heritage.

Learn about some of the initiatives and projects supported by grants below.

Mhist-Musée d’histoire de Sherbrooke

Mhist-Musée d’histoire de Sherbrooke

2022 ProjectTo move the Fossmobile from Toronto to Sherbrooke for its 125th Anniversary.

About: The Mhist preserves, studies, promotes and shares the documented and ethnological historical heritage of the Sherbrooke region. Discover the contribution of cultural communities to the development of the city for more than 200 years and witness their legacy.

The Knowlton Literary Association

The Knowlton Literary Association

2022 Project: The Twelfth Annual Knowlton Literary Festival.

About: The Knowlton Literary Association organizes and presents the annual Knowlton Literary Festival, the sole English-language literary festival between Montreal and Quebec City. This festival aims to:

  • Develop and deliver high-quality programming/activities that celebrate and contribute to the literary culture of the English-speaking community;
  • Introduce participants to the work of outstanding writers;
  • Encourage, promote and better equip local writers, both published and non-published;
  • Foster literacy (text, oral, visual) amongst participants of all ages and backgrounds, and
  • Promote community interaction, break social isolation and build a strong sense of regional cultural identity.
Townshippers’ Association

Townshippers’ Association

The Association carries out a variety of projects and activities across sectors. 

Cultural Development & Heritage Projects: To maintain existing and engage in new initiatives that maximize support for and recognition of the ESC’s cultural heritage and artistic identity within the community at large. These projects aim to improve the quality of life for people in the community, promote creativity through art, drama and music, expand the resources of culturally oriented community organizations, and promote cultural exchanges between English-speaking and French-speaking people.

Youth Projects:

  • Act as a resource for Eastern Townships organizations working to improve the lives of youth in the Townships (Carrefour Jeunesse Emplois, Place aux Jeunes en Region, Maison des Jeunes/Youth Centers, Phelps Helps, etc);
  • Carry out Young Townships Leaders Awards to honour youth aged 15-35 with leadership qualities. Feature their stories through our online and print media;
  • Carry out the 9th annual Excel in the Estrie essay contest and short film contest for regional high school graduates pursuing post-secondary education in the Estrie 

About: Townshippers’ Association is a non-profit, non-partisan community organization focused on promoting and supporting the interests of the English-speaking community.



The Townships Sun

The Townships Sun

The Sun’s project spans the Arts, Heritage, and Youth sectors

2022 Projects

(1) To engage English-speaking youth in the Eastern Townships who are interested in writing, photography and art and encourage them to participate in their community magazine, the Townships Sun.

(2) To help participants develop their creative voice and eye while clarifying the voice of the Townships Sun as a community/creative magazine, and opening up possibilities for young writers, artists and photographers who want their work to be published in magazines – the Townships Sun or others.

AboutThe Townships Sun is an English-language non-profit community magazine that explores the life and culture of the English-speaking communities in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. Its mission is to promote Townships living while, through the publication of a magazine, encouraging the full participation of English-speaking community members in the life of Quebec society.



Bureau d’accueil touristique du Pays de l’ardoise (no photo)

Bureau d’accueil touristique du Pays de l’ardoise

2022 Project: To revitalize tourism in our municipalities and museums with the history of trains in Richmond.

About: The Pays de l’ardoise objectives are to revitalize the town centre and promote the region’s tourist and cultural attractions.