CHESTERVILLE — The Chesterville branch is among three Royal Canadian Legions in the region recently awarded grant dollars through the federal Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund.
The Lancaster and Long Sault branches will both collect $10,845 while the Chesterville branch will get $7,449.
“The Chesterville Legion was fortunate to be able to reopen in July 2020. So it only required government assistance for the period that it was closed between March 17 and July 17,” said Steven Grubb, President of Branch 434. “We received a reimbursement of expenses totalling $7,449 and appreciate the assistance that the government of Canada has provided to the Legion and other Veterans organizations.”
“Branch 544 Lancaster did apply and received $10,850. This money is for a portion of expenses like rent, utilities, and insurance that have already been paid, starting in March 2020 when the pandemic hit,” explained Bill Bresee, President Legion Branch 544. “This funding is much appreciated since there was no revenue coming in.”
In Long Sault, Randy Robertson, President of Branch 569 similarly described the funding as “much needed,” allowing the branch to pay the bills necessary to keeps the doors open, once we can reopen safely.”
“It will also allow us to complete some upgrades to our bar area that will benefit our many members,” Robertson added.
The Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund assists non-profit and registered charitable organizations that support Veterans and their families. Its grants help organizations with operational costs and financial shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local MP Eric Duncan announced the local awardees today.
“Our Royal Canadian Legions across our region not only support our Veterans, but support numerous community causes with donations and as a community meeting place,” said the MP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry. “It is important that they are able to continue their great work after we emerge from this pandemic.”