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Ontario Delivering Support to Agricultural and Horticultural Societies

Funding will help offset lost revenue from cancelled fall fairs and exhibits The Ontario government is providing $5 million to support the province’s Agricultural and Horticultural Societies impacted by the pandemic. The funding is flowing through the Agricultural and Horticultural Support and Recovery Funding Initiative. Programming details were announced today

Societies have been unable to hold revenue generating events over the past 10 months due to health and safety concerns around COVID-19. This one-time initiative features two funding streams: • $1.8 million Base Support Funding will provide eligible agricultural societies with $7,000, and eligible horticultural societies with $1,140 in funding to support their continued delivery of agricultural and horticultural education across Ontario. • $3.2 million Hardship Funding for eligible agricultural societies will provide additional support, which will be based on their reported gate receipts from 2019. This will help off-set operating losses, liabilities, and fixed overhead costs. Funding is expected to be completed before March 31, 2021.

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