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The Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) today announced a new information partnership with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. The association represents 300 organizations across the province, including 220 agricultural societies. To support this partnership, the OAAS announced at its annual convention in Toronto today that it has placed the Chatham-Kent Community Brandmark on its new website www.ontarioagsocieties.com under the Members Section – Funding.

Recently, the association discovered the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Find Funding information database on the Internet. Find Funding Chatham-Kent is a user-friendly, easily searchable database containing links to hundreds of potential funding sources across Canada and beyond, including individual benefactors, private and non-profit foundations, corporate sponsors, and government programs of all kinds. The information database is intended to help local non-profit groups with great ideas for community development to find the funding they need.

“Each and every year, agricultural societies are looking for funding partners to assist them in achieving many of their goals”, said OAAS President Robert Hargrave. “Whether it be supporting the local fair or making improvements to their facilities, having access to funding programs will be an excellent starting place in the search for funding partners.”

“We started Find Funding because there are so many great ideas in our own community,” said Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope, “and yet local funding for those ideas is necessarily limited. Find Funding gives community groups many more options to turn their ideas into reality. By sharing this information with the association, we have promoted Chatham-Kent to 300 organizations and their individual members across Ontario. This opens the door to new regional and provincial grassroots partnerships, and to the ongoing sharing of information, talent and resources. We hope to see many more such partners turn to Chatham-Kent.”

The Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies Annual convention is being held February 14, 15 &16 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto, and provides members with seminars and round table discussions in addition to official association business.

Find Funding Chatham-Kent may be found both on the new OAAS website at www.ontarioagsocieties.com and on the Municipality of Chatham-Kent website at www.chatham-kent.ca .

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For more information:

Mark Beaven, General Manager
Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies
PO Box 189, Glencoe, ON N0L 1M0
Tel: 519-287-3553
Fax: 519-287-2000

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Web: www.ontariofairs.com

Amy Wilcox, CMA, PMP
Community Development Analyst – Chief Administrative Office
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
P.O Box 640, 315 King Street West, Chatham, ON N7M 5K8 Tel: 519.352.8401 x3055| Fax:  519.436.3237
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Web: www.chatham-kent.ca