MUNICIPALITY OF CLARE INTRODUCES COVID-19 RELIEF FUNDING FOR NON-PROFITS
Little Brook, NS: The Municipality of Clare is modifying its Community Recreation Assistance Program to include COVID-19 relief funding for non-profit groups and organizations offering recreational activities and services within the municipality.
At the July 15 Regular Council Meeting, Council for the Municipality of Clare voted unanimously in favour of providing this funding for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, which will be made available to non-profit groups and organizations that have encountered incremental costs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each group or organization will be eligible to claim a maximum of $1,000.
“The municipality is aware that important federal and provincial measures introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19 have resulted in unexpected costs for our groups and organizations,” says Ronnie LeBlanc, Warden for the Municipality of Clare. “The goal of this relief funding is to help our non-profits reinstate their services to help the residents of Clare return to some sense of normalcy.”
Funding will be attributed through the existing Community Recreation Assistance Program, which helps residents of the Municipality of Clare offset the costs of participating in recreational programs. In June 2019, the Municipality had already disbursed $9,600 of the total $13,000 budget available for the program. To date in 2020, no funds have been disbursed. According to Réanne Titus, Recreation Manager for the Municipality of Clare, the driving factor behind this year’s lack of take-up in the program is the COVID-19 virus.
“We want to make sure our non-profit groups and organizations receive the help they need to get their activities off the ground as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted,” says Ms. Titus. “It’s important for our residents of all ages to keep their bodies and minds healthy, and non-profits play a significant role in providing these services to our community.”
Non-profit groups and organizations interested in applying for COVID-19 relief funding are asked to contact the Réanne Titus at the Municipality of Clare’s Recreation Services Department at 902-769-2031 or at .
Settled in 1768 and incorporated in 1879, the Municipality of Clare is located at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia with approximately 8,000 residents. The Municipality of Clare is the only municipality in the province that conducts business and offers services in both official languages, French and English.
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While many in-person activities for seniors have been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Municipality of Clare is bringing the activities directly to our seniors. In partnership with Séniors en Sécurité, the Municipality’s Recreation Department prepared and distributed 100 wellness kits to seniors in Clare. Each kit included a stress ball, exercise band, gardening supplies, birdseed, colouring pages, crossword and word search puzzles, coloured pencils, a pencil sharpener, hand sanitizer, lotion, soap, a workout booklet and treats. For more information about the Recreation Department’s revised summer programming, follow their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/loisirsclare/.
Newly launched Art de la Baie brochure promotes visual artists from the Clare Acadian Shore
Little Brook, NS – July 2, 2020: The Municipality of Clare and community partners are launching a new map-brochure inviting visitors and locals alike to discover and support the visual artists of the beautiful Acadian community of Clare, Nova Scotia.
Artists participating in the Art de la Baie initiative invite you to spend the day to discover the Clare area through its art. The map-brochure serves as a guide as travellers hit the road in the picturesque St. Mary’s Bay to visit 18 artist galleries and studios.
“The Art de la Baie map-brochure is a great way to showcase the vibrant art community of la Baie Sainte-Marie,” says local painter June Deveau, who is one of the artists participating in the project. “The diversity of the work available in this area is amazing and well worth the time to explore.”
A rich array of art media are represented, from painting, sculpture, stained glass, pottery and quilts. Please call ahead to arrange a visit. Note that galleries may be limiting the number of visitors at a time.
Coordinated by the Municipality of Clare Tourism Services, the project is funded by the Municipality of Clare, community partners (La Société acadienne de Clare, La Fédération régionale des arts et du patrimoine de la Baie and Le Conseil des Arts de la Baie) and 18 participating artists.
“We are excited to collaborate with so many local talented artists on this cross-promotion project,” notes Larry Peach, Tourism Manager for the Municipality of Clare. “The artists of Clare remind us to slow down and appreciate our community’s rich and inspirational beauty.”
The marketing campaign includes a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/artdelabaie) that will promote the artists and their galleries and studios, while also providing updates and information regarding COVID-19 conditions. Organizers will be working with Maritime travel media writers to help promote the Art de la Baie project. Brochures will be available at each of the participants’ galleries, partner locations and visitor information centres. For more information on each artist or to download a PDF of the brochure, visit baiesaintemarie.com/en/arts-and-culture/artists-artisans/art-de-la-baie or contact the Municipality of Clare tourist bureau staff at (902) 769-2345 or e-mail .