Welland, ON – Recently, the Welland Museum learned that it has received a $64,500 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Resilient Communities Fund was developed to help non-profit organizations to recover and rebuild from the impacts of COVID-19 to continue meeting the needs of Ontario communities.

“I know this financial support is welcome news for Curator Penny Morningstar and staff at the Welland Historical Museum and will help them to modernize services to better meet the needs of our community,” said Jeff Burch, MPP for Niagara Centre. “There have been other upgrades, including a new accessible washroom and when the doors open once again the museum will be ready to go, providing area residents a unique journey into the history of our community.”

The Welland Museum will be using its Resilient Community Fund grant to develop new fundraising strategies, purchase data management software and install technological equipment to effectively communicate safety protocols when visitors return onsite.

“The last year has been a difficult one,” said Greg D’Amico, Chair of the Welland Museum Board of Directors. “We have been working hard to connect our community with their history throughout the closure of the Museum. This wouldn’t be possible without donations and grants such as the one generously awarded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.”

“As a charitable not-for-profit organization, the investment in our fundraising program is incredibly important and will allow the Welland Museum to enhance our programming and bring the community even more great events in the future,” said D’Amico. “We are looking forward to seeing all of our members and guests back in the building as soon as it is safe to do so.”

The mandate of the Welland Historical Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret objects and archival materials that serve to illustrate the historical founding, settlement and development of Welland, Pelham and area from prehistory to present.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $115 million to 644 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario. www.otf.ca

-30-

Media Contact:
Greg D’Amico, Chair of the Board of Directors
Welland Museum
905-732-2215 x 2222
greg@wellandmuseum.ca