Deadline Looming for Community Project Funding!

Are you in need of funds to launch a project that will enhance the quality of life for people and communities within the historical Eastern Townships? Towshippers’ Research & Cultural Foundation may be able to help. But don’t wait to apply, the January 31 deadline is quickly approaching!

Each year, the Foundation allocates funds to worthy local, grassroots organizations and projects in the fields of arts, education, health, heritage, research, social services, or youth. It considers project proposals with budgets both small and large, in locations across the Townships, which have a wide impact in the community.

Examples of projects funded include those that: encourage young people to engage in their communities; promote literacy; promote creativity through the arts; provide education and assistance in mental and physical health; expand the resources of community organizations such as libraries, historical societies and museums; promote the cultural exchanges between English-speaking and French-speaking people.

For further funding criteria or to download a project application, visit the Foundation’s newly redesigned website at Questions? Call Mary at 819-822-3314 or email [email protected]

Building a Strong Foundation Together

Interested in supporting grassroots projects that help improve the quality of life in the Townships? Consider making a donation to the Foundation. It’s simple, easy and, as a registered charity, the Foundation can issue tax receipts for donations over $20.

Thanks to the goodwill of donors like you, and by keeping operating costs to a minimum, the Foundation has been able to provide more than one million dollars in grants to worthy projects since 1986! However, each year we can only give what we receive. With your continued or first-time support we can work, hand in hand, to improve the lives of our neighbours and build a stronger, more vibrant community!

Every contribution is valuable and appreciated. Make your donation online at or email your cheque to Townshippers Foundation, 100 – 257 Queen Street, Sherbrooke, QC J1M 1K7.

Jump Start Your Art Career in 2016

Self-employed artists, if this is your year to jump start your career then grab your copy of ‘Business Skills For Creative Souls: The Essential Artist’s Handbook 2nd Edition.’ This resource of over 200 pages of tips and strategies is the tool you need to achieve your goals.

Published by YES Montreal, this handy guide is a must-have for self-employed artists in Quebec. Topics include marketing, law and the arts, accounting, employment and business basics, and funding for artists. Updated from the popular 2004 edition, the Essential Artist’s Handbook is the perfect package including a new resource section and the latest in social media strategies and will provide you basic business skills, keep you creative and help you realize your dreams.

​This handbook also includes professional tips for artists of every discipline based on interviews with over 50 local artists and guide includes a resource listing of over 75 local and national associations, granting agencies and other artist organizations.

Order yours today for just $25, tax included, from Townships Expressions, Townshippers’ Association’s online and in office boutique, at 257 rue Queen, Sherbrooke (Borough of Lennoxville) or

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717 or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-4421.



Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: Self-employed artists, see your dreams come alive in 2016, pick up your copy of ‘Business Skills For Creative Souls: The Essential Artist’s Handbook 2nd Edition’ to tap into more than 200 pages of tips, strategies and resources to help you take your passion to new heights!