Government of Canada provides funding in support of the Georgian Bay Folk Society
OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 17, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage
Larry Miller, Member of Parliament (Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced that the Georgian Bay Folk Society (GBFS) is benefiting from a boost of $37,007 to its fundraising efforts through the Community Foundation Grey Bruce.
The Government of Canada is providing this funding to the Community Foundation Grey Bruce to manage and invest on behalf of the Georgian Bay Folk Society through the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund, which encourages Canadians to donate to professional arts organizations.
"Folk music and crafts play a vital role in keeping our cultural identity and in ensuring the cultural and economic vitality of our communities. Our investment supports the Community Foundation Grey Bruce's philanthropic efforts while benefiting the residents of Owen Sound."
-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
"We are pleased to support the Georgian Bay Folk Society in showcasing folk music and folk arts in Ontario. Today's announcement demonstrates that we are serious about supporting organizations that enrich their community's cultural life and strengthen its economy."
- Larry Miller, Member of Parliament (Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound)
"We are thrilled that through the Endowment Incentives program, the Government of Canada has given such a significant boost to the Georgian Bay Folk Society's endowment fund. GBFS is the first local arts presenter to have pursued this valuable fund-matching federal program, which is indicative of their organization's strong, proactive planning approach for a sustainable future."
-Aly Boltman, Executive Director, Community Foundation Grey Bruce
"The Georgian Bay Folk Society Endowment Fund is pleased to have the opportunity to benefit from Canadian Heritage's Cultural Investment Fund through an application made on its behalf by Community Foundation Grey Bruce. This three-way partnership will ensure that this community remains a vibrant hub for music and the performing arts through the annual Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival and its additional roster of year-round arts presentations."
- Phil Bye, President, Georgian Bay Folk Society