_ (Via Ottawa 2017) _ ** Ottawa – ** The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC and the City of Ottawa, are happy to announce that 49 community organizations will receive a total of $200,000 in funding to plan unique celebrations throughout the nation’s capital for Canada’s 150
The call for submissions was launched in November 2015, when it was announced that Ottawa 2017 would quadruple the funding available through the City of Ottawa’s Civic Events Funding Program, an existing grants program that helps neighbourhoods mark statutory holidays throughout the year.
Because of the investment boost, from January to December 2017, community groups in all 23 City wards will highlight local culture with an increased quantity, quality and diversity of community programming.
“We’re very proud that communities in every ward will be part of the celebrations for our country’s 150
anniversary,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Residents and visitors will be able to get a taste of our culture in the heart of each community, as we celebrate everything that is great about our country through these close to 50 bigger and better local celebrations.”
In addition to funding, organizations will receive special pageantry kits to add an Ottawa 2017 flair to their events.
“It’s essential to engage all sectors of the community when planning a celebration of the magnitude of Ottawa 2017,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “We’re thrilled with the response we’ve received from local groups and equally happy that Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations will resonate in every Ottawa community with dynamic and varied experiences.”
All events are open to the public and presented free of charge. They are:
th Birthday Bash - Celebrating Harmony in Cultures _ Presented by: South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre (with Hunt Club Community Organization, ABC, Somali Centre for Family Services) _
th through Recreation in Somerset West _ Presented by: _ _ Plant Pool Recreation Association _
th Birthday Party in Dickinson Square _ Presented by: _ _ Watson's Mill Manotick Inc. _
th Birthday _ Presented by: _ _ Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre _
th anniversary and Canada's 150 th _ Presented by: _ _ Chapel Hill South Community Association _
th _ Presented by: _ _ Bradley Estates Community Association (with Blackburn Community Association, Chapel Hill North Community Association, Chateauneuf Community Association) _
anniversary celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.
Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario ( www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada ( www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.
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