TRCF Grant Giving Luncheon

Ah Spring, that time of year when the longer days and warmer temperatures improve everyone’s mood. It is also the time of year that the non-profit Townships Research and Cultural Foundation (TRCF) gives away money that was received through the generous donations of Townshippers’ across the historic Townships.

This year the charitable foundation’s volunteer Board of Directors were delighted to award 24 grants amounting to close to  $39,000 at the annual grant giving luncheon held on April 16 at St. Paul’s United Church in Magog. With fifty guests in attendance, the Board met with those receiving project funding and in doing so have a better understanding of the time, effort and creativity that goes into community projects/activities.

Once again supported projects cover all points on the compass. Funds have been given to Townshippers’ Association to help it continue its Make way for YOUth project and further a new project to help seniors prevent financial fraud. Mental Health Estrie will host a guest speaker and the mental health group in Stanstead “After the rainbow comes the sun” will continue.

Our rural roots will not be overlooked with three interesting projects: a DVD produced in Richmond on the changes in the farming community over the last 50 years; a series of music videos featuring local artists and maple producers from across the Townships; and a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of 4-H Canada with Sawyerville organizing the Quebec Provincial Rally.

The Arts will continue to flourish with Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre continuing the creation of their Classical Sculpture Garden; elementary students in Richmond researching, writing and illustrating a storybook; youth in Lac Brome learning about filmmaking and media production; and women in Bedford having the opportunity to attend cultural activities.

Heritage Buildings need so much help and while TRCF could never find the money to cover all their costs, we are happy to supply ‘seed money’ to encourage other foundations to help. We have done so with Pettes Memorial Library in Lac Brome and Sutton Junction Community Hall in Sutton.

The important fields of literacy and education will be boosted as we continue our work with the Yamaska Literacy Council in Cowansville and support a new project in Stanstead is Phelps Helps – a tutoring/homework program which is seeing great results. Also supported this year is Wordfest, which is organized by the Knowlton Literary Association and grows and improves with each edition, as will the Friendship Day Organizing Committee in Lennoxville which welcomes visitors from all the surrounding areas for a family day of fun.

Research is an important tool and the Eastern Townships Research Center will organize family writing workshops, while the Ruiter Valley Land Trust will continue their environmental education programs in local schools in the Monteregie. The Maison de la Famille des Frontieres in Bedford will continue their educational workshops for English-speaking parents and the Maison des Jeunes Sutton-Lac Brome hopes to raise awareness on dangerous driving.

All of these projects have been supported thanks to your generous donations. While we give away as much as we can to as many groups as possible, we can only give away what we receive. With your continued support we can continue to help others in our beautiful Eastern Townships.

For further information or to make a donation, visit or call 819-822-3314.

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.

Published: About Townshippers column, Brome County News, Tuesday, April 17, 2013

Photo Credit:  Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption:   Townshippers’ Association Executive Director Rachel Hunting and Townshippers’ Foundation President Jane Loiselle at the Foundation’s annual grant giving luncheon in Magog on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Townshippers’ is one of 24 organizations who projects will be boosted thanks to the endowments distributed by the Foundation and supported by individual annual donations.