12/7/2017 10:01:24 AM

    17 local projects are receiving a combined $96,700 thanks to the Lambton Creative County Committee. The projects fall under the Creative County Grant Program, which was launched in 2013 to support innovative projects that build cultural capacity, strengthen the creative community, define the County's unique identify and enrich the lives of all residents. The Creative County Grant Program provides up to 50 percent of the total project costs for new arts, culture and heritage initiatives. A few local projects received funding including The YMCA's of Southwestern Ontario receiving $6000 thousand for the Newcomer and First Nations Youth Cultural Exchange. Other project locally include: $1,500 to the Grand Bend Art Centre for Paint Ontario Artist Call, and the Port Franks Heritage Forest trailhead, and $9,450 for material and program costs for the Me, You & Us painting classes coordinated in partnership with Kettle & Stony Point First Nation and the Ausable Optimist Club, $3,000 to Huron Shores United Church for the Performing Arts Programming Pilot Project, $2,000 to Lambton Shores Nature Trails for log structure panels at the Forest Walkway Trailhead, and $1000 to the Port Franks and Area Camera Club to host open houses and coordinate guest speakers.

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