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Over $530,000 awarded to seven new community revitalization projects

The MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent has revealed the projects selected as part of a revitalization agreement with the Quebec government. A total of $532,387 has been awarded to seven community organizations and municipalities as part of the “Fonds regions et ruralité (FRR) – volet 4: soutien à la vitalisation et à la cooperation intermunicipale” program.

This branch of the FRR program is designed to support the implementation of projects or initiatives within the territory of the Haut-Saint-Laurent that support the revitalization of services or equipment, with the objective of having a positive impact on the region’s development and the population’s quality of life. The program is funded by the ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation.

A call for projects took place between February 14 and March 16, 2023. All projects submitted were to relate directly to priority sectors, including community development, tourism, and the local workforce. They were to focus on one or more of the following municipalities: Dundee, Havelock, Hinchinbrooke, Huntingdon, and Saint-Anicet.

Les Amis de la Réserve national de faune du Lac Saint-François will receive $50,830 for an initiative aimed at allowing more people to experience the culture and biodiversity of the Lac Saint-François National Wildlife Area in Dundee, by improving the equipment and services available for visitors with reduced mobility.

A project led by the Corporation de Développement économique de la ville de Huntingdon was awarded $84,092 to promote food security through the creation of a shared cold room and walk-in freezer equipped with carts and shelves.

The Little Green Library will benefit from an injection of $62,893 to modernize the library through the purchase of new equipment and the implementation of strategies to attract new readers and promote their collections.

The wharf and beach at the Jules-Léger Park in Saint-Anicet will be renovated with a $100,000 grant from the program to install safe and welcoming infrastructure in the park as well as a berth with moorings for boats.

Une Affaire de Famille, which is based in Ormstown, was selected to receive $55,528 to launch their “Bienvenue-Welcome” program aimed at welcoming and facilitating the integration of newcomers to the region.

The municipality of Dundee will be installing a self-service mini-convenience store within its territory with the help of $100,000 provided through the program.

And finally, the Royal Canadian Legion will receive $79,044 to work with the town of Huntingdon to create a space for a day camp and municipal recreational activities. (SR)

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