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The Capital’s first dusting of snow

Watson's Mill's annual Christmas Market has gone virtual this year! (Photo:Watson's Mill)

With this week’s snow storm coating the Capital in white, winter is now truly upon us – and the holiday season in sight.  We’re looking forward to ushering out 2020 and hoping for brighter circumstances in the new year.

Many in our heritage sector are using this time to strategize for recovery and rebuilding as soon as the darker pandemic days abate.  We encourage them to look into some of the grant opportunities currently available to assist their efforts, such as:

  • Ottawa Community Foundation Multi-Year Community Grants Program (CGP), due December 1st, which seeks to support the exploration and evolution of new organizational arrangements, strengthened partnerships and coalitions, and alternative financing;

  • Ontario Trillium Foundation Resilient Communities Fund, now due December 9, that will support rebuilding the capacity of eligible non-profit organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19; and

  • Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility Inclusive Community Grants (ICG), due December 21st, which offers funding towards projects that foster inclusive community involvement for older adults and people of all abilities.

And some of our Members who usually host winter and holiday markets that support local artists, producers, and communities, have resolved to continue this tradition in new ways.  Watson’s Mill Virtual Market, is an easy way to support our local artisans and find your next holiday gift!  The Centre for Indigenous Initiatives is hosting their second annual Indigenous Winter Market online as well, with many beautiful crafts such as beading, mittens, and candles available! Museopark gift baskets ‘gift back‘ to help rebuild the Sugar Shack.

Together we can continue to connect, and support our vibrant heritage community.

With Warm Winter Wishes,

Catherine Lindquist
Executive Director