New HUB Opens with the Support of a $50,000 Grant from OTF

On Wednesday night, the Northumberland Players held a BBQ to celebrate the return of its volunteer activities and the opening of a new HUB for the group. Ben Currelly, a volunteer with the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), was there to hear about the impact that a $50,000 Community Building Fund grant awarded last fall has had in making this happen. The grant was given to the group by the Government of Ontario and OTF to help with operating costs affected by the pandemic.

“Northumberland is known throughout Ontario as being a hotspot for arts and culture and Northumberland Players deserves enormous credit for cementing that reputation,” said David Piccini, MPP for Northumberland-Peterborough South. “The Northumberland Players have played an essential role in our community. I’m deeply proud that the Government of Ontario committed to supporting this organization over the past two years, ensuring they can continue to promote arts and culture in Northumberland for many years to come.” 

The new HUB will act as a storage space for the theatre group. The Community Building Fund – operating stream grant helped to offset key rental and administrative operating costs during the pandemic period when the Players were unable to stage productions.  

“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be overstated,” said Jack Boyagian, President and Artistic Director for the Northumberland Players. “This grant has helped us emerge from the past two years with financial stability. We are fortunate to have been able to locate a space to combine the Costume House, the workshop and our storage under one roof to prepare for upcoming productions. Our volunteers have worked tirelessly over the past few months to organize this facility.”  

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) mission is to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario. As an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations, last year, OTF invested nearly $209M into 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. Since 2020, OTF has supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.