Community Building Fund – Operating Stream grant awarded to the Prescott-Russell Arts Council

Vankleek Hill - The Conseil des arts Prescott-Russell Arts Council (CAPRAC) is pleased to announce that the organization is the official recipient of a generous grant from the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund – Operating Stream. The $49,200 grant, being delivered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, will support CAPRAC's efforts in shifting to digital programs to meet the changing needs in the delivery of activities and services to the community.

“My sincere congratulations to the Prescott-Russell Arts Council for receiving this important grant! I'm very proud of the Arts Council's contribution to the artistic enrichment of our communities and I look forward to continuing to see its positive impact in our region.” - Amanda Simard, MPP for Glengarry-Prescott Russell.

The arts, culture and heritage sectors have been particularly affected by the impacts of COVID-19. The region's artistic and cultural community is facing significant challenges, having experienced a sudden loss of revenue and opportunities, a decrease in the number of participants and visitors, as well as the closure of facilities and the cancellation of programs and services.

The funds granted to CAPRAC will be used to develop a digital platform that will serve the region's artists and artisans, as well as arts, cultural and heritage organizations in the promotion of activities and digital content. The new organizational site will showcase regional offerings, while fostering inclusion and community connection across the United Counties of Prescott-Russell.

The platform will also include tools that will encourage public participation, enabling the dynamization of the diverse artistic community and the amplification of the region's cultural landscape. To this end, CAPRAC will launch a tender process for the design and development of the new website.

“We are very grateful to the Ontario government and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Tourism, sport, arts, culture and recreation, once considered luxury niches, have paradoxically become vital during the pandemic. It is a question of allowing organizations to continue to propel the human being in what is most visceral: to feel alive, to feel vibrant and to know that they are an integral part of a community that allows them, during the most suffocating periods, to identify and to themselves to ensure the outreach of our inclusive and accessible heritage”. - Éric Charlebois, President of the Board of Directors, CAPRAC


The Conseil des arts Prescott-Russell Arts Council (CAPRAC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inform the community of the various cultural, artistic and heritage events in the region, to bring together cultural, artistic and heritage actors, to support the realization of unifying initiatives, and to promote the arts, culture and heritage of Prescott and Russell. If you would like more information, or to become a member of CAPRAC, please visit the website at:

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit to learn more.

For more information:
Karine Lévesque-Noyes
Coordonnatrice en chef | Executive Cooridnator
Conseil des arts Prescott-Russell Arts Council
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For more information on OTF’s Community Building Fund:
Ontario Supporting Non-Profits through the Community Building Fund | Ontario Newsroom
Helping 648 non-profits recover from COVID-19 with $46M of funding

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