Community Building Fund – Operating Grant Provides Vital Support to Theatre Orangeville

Ingrid Watt, David Nairn, Sylvia Jones, and Sharyn Ayliffe at the press event for the Community Building Fund
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Originally published on December 7, 2021.

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Orangeville, ON — Earlier this fall Theatre Orangeville received confirmation of receiving a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Thanks to a Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund – Operating stream grant of $43,400 over 12 months. The fund which will be delivered by Ontario Trillium Foundation will assist Theatre Orangeville with staffing costs and modernizing equipment and streamlining internal digital services.

“This investment through the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund – Operation Stream, that is delivered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation enhances the local theatre experience,” said Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones. “The Community Building Fund – Operating Stream of $43,400 has been used to help Theatre Orangeville make upgrades to ticket purchasing and transforming both the virtual and live performances.”

As a result, it will allow the theatre to provide a better audience experience through optimized digital opportunities, while remaining fully adaptable to any changes in public health restrictions. The theatre is committed to providing a safer, stress-free experience for their patrons and staff by eliminating points of physical contact when selling, scanning and accepting payments/donations, permitting them to safely receive patrons back in the theatre again.

“This investment will have a long-term impact on our theatre and the community and will continue to serve the community beyond the pandemic. We are so grateful for OTF’s support because it allows us to continue to improve and modernize our patron experience, allowing an option for zero-contact” says David Nairn, Artistic Director.

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Theatre Orangeville is a not-for-profit professional theatre company whose artistic vision guides every aspect of what we aim do: to enrich the community with a high quality, professional theatre experience, that showcases the development of new Canadian works; to provide youth with unique opportunities to transform their lives through the performing arts; to provide vibrant, engaging and creative opportunities that grow the cultural experience through community partnerships; and nurture diversity, promote acceptance and celebrate all abilities.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.  Visit to learn more.

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