Province providing $20,000 in start-up funds to agricultural and horticultural societies in Durham

The province has set aside nearly $20,000 to support agricultural and horticultural societies in Durham.

Through the Ontario Agriculture and Horticulture Recovery and Support Funding Initiative, the Brooklin Agricultural Society will receive $9,386.28, the Port Perry Agricultural Society will pocket $6,044.20 and $1,312.84 has been set aside for the Blackstock Agricultural Society.

the Oshawa Garden Club, Pine Ridge Garden Club and Brooklin Horticultural Society will each receive $1,000.

This investment will help these organizations continue to operate and support their efforts to educate people about the value and importance of agriculture in the province, says a press release announcing the funding.

“This additional support comes as COVID-19 continues to put financial pressures on agriculture and horticulture companies across the province,” said Whitby MPP Lorne Coe. “Supporting our rich agricultural and horticultural traditions is important to maintaining the economic fabric of communities like Brooklin and their contributions to Durham Region’s economic recovery.

Under the Agriculture and Horticulture Support and Recovery Funding Initiative, there were two funding streams. Core support funding will be provided to all eligible agricultural and horticultural societies through $1,000 funding payments to support their incorporation and ongoing operations. Under the Hardship Funding Stream, eligible agricultural societies will receive additional support based on their reported 2019 revenues. These funds can be used to help offset operating losses, liabilities and overhead costs. fixed related to land and buildings.

“Agricultural and horticultural societies play a vital role in educating Ontarians about the importance of agriculture and celebrating a rural way of life. Supporting this important sector, at this time, will ensure that the companies’ long traditions and economic contributions will continue and grow stronger as the province manages the impacts of COVID-19 and moves forward into the future,” the statement said. hurry.

Brooklin Agricultural Society President Tracy Hanson applauded the funding, which will help the annual spring event return in June.

“The Brooklin Agricultural Society is thrilled to receive such generous support from the Ontario government. Our community’s oldest event, the Brooklin Spring Fair, celebrates its 111th anniversary in 2022. This support will allow the fair to return to our longstanding traditions after two long years,” said Hanson.

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