“Fund$ Info Fair” to help francophone community organizations find funding sources

SUMMERSIDE – Oct. 23, 2018 – All francophone community organizations that would like to learn more about various funding sources and grants available for their projects or for the hiring of employees are invited to participate free of charge in the “Fund$ Info Fair” being held Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Centre Belle-Alliance in Summerside.

“Last spring, we held a similar information fair for entrepreneurs. The participants greatly appreciated the event so we thought it would be a great idea to also organize a fair of this kind for community groups,” says Raymond J. Arsenault, event coordinator with the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI”

The Chamber is partnering with the Wellington Rural Action Centre (RAC) to organize this full-morning event. Most of the RAC’s community clients visit the center specifically to enquire about funding programs for their projects or for hiring staff since their operational funds are often insufficient to carry out all the desired projects.


The morning will be divided into two parts. First of all, a variety of federal and provincial government departments, agencies and organizations will each give 15-minute presentations on their support programs for organizations. They’ll cover such facets as amounts available, program criteria and submission dates for projects.

Among the presenters in this first portion will be the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the PEI Department of Rural and Regional Development, Canadian Heritage and Wellington Rural Action Centre.


During the second portion of the morning, presenters will speak specifically about funding programs to help with the hiring of employees and interns. Among the presenters will be Service Canada, Skills PEI, the Employment Development Agency, Canada Summer Jobs, the PERCÉ internship program and LIENS Work Experience.

Following the presentations, participants will get the opportunity to ask questions or meet the presenters individually to briefly discuss their project ideas and to set up official appointments.

The offices of many of the presenting government agencies are located in Charlottetown and Summerside, but they can occasionally come to our Wellington Rural Action Centre to meet with clients. The RAC can help set up meetings for clients in its offices or in its board room if clients wanted to discuss their project with officers from various departments at the same time.

Pamphlets on various programs will also be available.

There is no registration fee for the fair but those who would like to attend must sign up by Wednesday, Nov. 14, by contacting Simone Gallant at (902) 854-3439, Ext. 228, or at simone@rdeeipe.org.

This fair is sponsored by the two organizing partners, along with RDÉE PEI’s LIENS project.



CUTLINE: Simone Gallant, client information officer with the Wellington Rural Action Centre, and Raymond J. Arsenault, coordinator of the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI, are busily organizing the “Fund$ Info Fair” for francophone organizations Tuesday, Nov. 20, in Summerside.



For more information:

Raymond J. Arsenault
Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI
(902) 854-3439, Ext. 231