Municipal Cultural Planning Partnership Project Launched Thanks to Trillium Foundation Grant

    TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - The Municipal Cultural Planning Partnership
(MCPP) today announced the launch of a new project in support of Municipal
Cultural Planning throughout Ontario, thanks to a grant in the amount of
$230,500 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). Caroline Di Cocco,
Ontario Minister of Culture, joined OTF Chair Helen Burstyn in congratulating
MCPP Chair Bill Poole on the success to date and the launch of its education,
support and community building initiatives.
    "This is great news for municipalities across Ontario," said Minister of
Culture Caroline Di Cocco. "The Municipal Cultural Planning Partnership is a
highly effective group with an impressive track record in delivering practical
training and resources to Ontario municipalities."
    The partnership is playing a key role in bringing world-leading practices
in municipal cultural planning to cities, towns and villages across Ontario.
It is bringing together culture sector organizations, municipal governments,
planners and passionate community leaders as well as the active support and
participation of a number of Ontario government ministries.
    "The Municipal Cultural Planning Partnership is using this grant to
deliver powerful new tools and practices to municipal planners, elected
officials and community leaders, connecting Ontario citizens to resources to
create positive change in their communities. These resources will include a
new information site and online community that will be hosted at" said Partnership Chair Bill Poole. "On behalf of the
partners, I would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Minister
Di Cocco for their support in helping to realize a vision of culturally
vibrant, creative and prosperous communities."

    The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of
Ontario. 2007 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
For the past quarter century, it has supported the growth and vitality of
communities across the province. OTF continues to strengthen the capacity of
the volunteer sector through investments in community-based initiatives. For
more information, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Bill Poole, Chair, Municipal Cultural Planning
Partnership, (519) 888-4567, ext. 35057,,

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