$135,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Gives Victoria Playhouse a Kickstart to Fundraising Campaigns
Victoria Playhouse Petrolia (VPP) has been named a recipient of $135,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). The OTF grant will allow the VPP to hire a professional fundraiser, that will be covered completely by the grant, to assist in a large-scale fundraising campaign and for further outreach to the theatre’s patrons over the course of the fundraiser. Other goals for the individual will be to develop enhancements to existing sponsorship campaigns and to further develop existing donor programs.
“We are so grateful for OTF’s support in helping us to develop fundraising and detailed sponsorship plans to come out of the COVID-19 intermission with goal-focused fundraising and plans for development of even more community sponsorship.”, said Laurissa Ellsworth, Director of Marketing, Arts and Communications for the Town of Petrolia. Co-Artistic Director, David Hogan, echoed her sentiments with his gratitude saying “Guest experience means everything to us. The VPP is so appreciative to OTF for getting us one step closer to surpassing our fundraising goals with a new focus, and increased community outreach.”
Victoria Hall is home to the VPP and is also used by a variety of community organizations for meetings, celebrations, and fundraisers. Before 2020, Victoria Playhouse Petrolia welcomed 40,000 patrons annually to their summer season and Christmas productions and injected more than $2 million dollars locally each year in economic spinoff.
“Congratulations to the team at the Victoria Playhouse on being awarded this significant Ontario Trillium Grant. A vibrant VPP is such an important part of our community, I’m excited to see the great things that the VPP will accomplish because of this grant. ” – MPP Bailey.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) 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.