Funding support for Island community halls available in the New Year

A new funding program launching in January 2021 will help community halls across the Island with operating costs as part of the province’s ongoing response to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Operational Support Program for Community Halls will provide grants of up to $2,500 to assist community halls with expenses such as heat, electricity and insurance to ensure they can continue to operate.

“We know that COVID-19 has impacted our Island way of life by restricting gathering limits, which in turn affects venues such as community halls,” said Minister of Fisheries and Communities Jamie Fox. “For many of our rural areas, community halls are a central part of the social community, economy and the overall wellbeing of people, so we must ensure that these halls are able to keep their doors open.”

Through the division of Rural and Regional Development, the program will fund up to 80 percent of estimated operating expenses from December 2020 to March 2021, to a maximum of $2,500. Funding will be available by application beginning January 4th, 2021.

A community hall that meets the following criteria can apply:

  • owned or operated by a registered non-profit community group;
  • experienced a reduction in operating revenue as a result of COVID-19;
  • has operating expenses during some or all of the months from December 2020 to March 2021;
  • has not received significant funding from other government sources designed to  help mitigate COVID-19 impacts (i.e. NGO COVID-19 Relief Fund, Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations, etc.).
Get more information and apply to the COVID-19 Operational Support Program for Community Halls.

Media contact: 
Kip Ready
Department of Fisheries and Communities

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