Trillium grant helped Elora Centre for the Arts in pandemic recovery

ELORA – A grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation has helped the Elora Centre for the Arts (ECFTA) recover from the pandemic, and officials there expressed their gratitude in a Nov. 3 press release.

“This support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation has helped the Centre operationally this past year, allowing us to continue serving the community despite pandemic setbacks,” states art centre board co-chair Kathryn Giffen.  

In August 2021, the Elora Centre for the Arts (ECFTA) received a $46,800 Trillium Community Building Fund – Operating grant, which was instrumental in supporting the ECFTA’s recovery from the pandemic, officials state.

The grant allowed the arts centre to deepen the curation and experience of eight  exhibitions, assist in staff wage support and contributed to virtual art instruction for 132 students in the Life Skills/Mild Intellectual Disabilities (MID) program in local schools.  

“We are very grateful for the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and this grant for the Elora Centre for the Arts,” Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott stated.  

“I also want to thank the Elora Centre for the Arts staff and volunteers for all that they do for our community.”   

Through the support of the OTF grant, ECFTA has been able to continue operating its facility while creating accessible, hybrid digital/in-person exhibitions and arts programming, and ensuring organizational stability and growth post-pandemic. 

Founded in 2002

 Located in an 1856 heritage building and founded in 2002, ECFTA is a unique community resource that fosters creativity, a high level of artistic expression, and the belief that a vibrant arts centre is integral to the health of our community. 

Its mission is to strengthen the open and accessible non-profit arts and cultural centre that promotes, teaches, and nourishes the arts and arts appreciation through exhibitions, programs, and performances. 

ECFTA is firmly grounded in the belief that contemporary art, in all its various forms, has the capacity to nurture the lives of those living, working, and visiting here. For more information visit: 

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. 

Last year, OTF invested nearly $209M into 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. 

Since 2020, OTF has supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit to learn more.