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  • Virginia Cowan Memorial Bursary
  • OENO Gallery Arts Scholarship
  • Guenther Wetzel Trades Bursary
  • Wili Fida Culinary Arts Bursary
  • PEC Built Heritage Fund

CCF Launches New Funds - March/April 2017

OENO Gallery Arts Scholarship

The purpose of this Fund is to provide an annual Scholarship of two-thousand dollars ($2,000.00) for a person either living in Prince Edward County (primary residence) or from Prince Edward County (having attended high school) studying towards either an Undergraduate Degree or Master’s Degree in Fine Art or similar at a recognized post-secondary institution.

Applications are due by May 30th each year.  Click here for Application Information

Virginia Cowan Memorial Bursary

Virginia CowanVirginia Cowan left us far too soon.  This bursary provides opportunities to young women so they can reach their fullest potential.  Virginia played an active role in all aspects of school life at PECI: organizing extra-curricular trips, joining sports teams, students’ council and excelling in academia; she graduated in 1991.  After high-school, she attended Bishop’s University where she played on the women’s rugby team, field hockey team and became accredited as a CFA.  Upon graduating in 1995, she worked in the financial sector for a large, multi-national investment firm.  Virginia was diagnosed with a rare form of soft tissue Sarcoma shortly after graduation. She stubbornly continued to work while receiving treatment, she never stopped laughing, contributing to her community and looking to the future. Her journey ended in February, 2001.

Presented annually, a bursary for $1250, to a graduating PECI female student pursuing post-secondary education who has participated widely in school life, sports, and community.

Applications are due by May 30th each year.  Click here for Application Information.  

The Guenther Wetzel Trades Bursary Fund  

Guenther Wetzel

The late Guenther Wetzel believed in the real value of tradespeople - electricians, plumbers, welders, carpenters, masons, and all those other skilled workers without whom nothing would get built and nothing would function. To honour Guenther's appreciation for these folk, and to encourage young people to pursue a career in a trade, his wife Donna Havery Wetzel has established the Guenther Wetzel Trades Bursary through the Prince Edward County Community Foundation.

A single bursary of approximately $1500 will be awarded to the successful applicant.  Applicants will have applied and been accepted at a post-secondary institute offering formal instruction in a trade.  The bursary will be paid directly to the post-secondary institute, on behalf of the student, and can be used for tuition or other costs and fees levied by the Institute.

How to Apply

Applications shall be in the form of a one to two page letter.  The letter shall describe what trade the student intends to pursue, and the reasons they want to pursue.  Attached to the letter on a separate page will be a copy of the confirmation of acceptance into a trades program at a post-secondary institute .  Please send your application to:

The County Community Foundation, Suite 103, 280 Main Street Picton, Ontario.  K0K 2T0.  You can also email your application to:

OR Return to Lisa Fraser, Guidance Department, PECI

The deadline for applications is May 30 each year. Click here to find out how to apply.

pecac logoPrince Edward County Arts Council Student Arts Award Fund

The PEC Arts Council Student Arts Award was founded in 2006 when the Council decided to set up a fund to support and encourage students continuing into post-secondary education in the arts. The first award was made in 2007. The endowment fund is a local endeavour that has grown to exceed $12,000 over the years since it started. Contributions made to this fund by Arts Council members and other donors help to support the post-secondary education of emerging artists in Prince Edward County. For more information, visit


Built Heritage FundPrince Edward County Built Heritage Fund

In August 2010 the precipitous demolition of the 135 year old Methodist Episcopal Church, an iconic landmark on Main Street, Picton, brought concerned citizens together to discuss how important historic structures in the County could be saved.  The realization that without intervention there was the distinct possibility that many of these buildings could be lost to us – and to future generations.  Thus the first Christmas House Tour Committee was formed and the first Tour was held in 2010.  The reputation and success of the annual tour grows every year, with proceeds mounting in a fund designated for the preservation and protection of built structures determined to be important to the community and the history of Prince Edward County. The Prince Edward County Built Heritage Fund gave their first round of grants in summer 2015. 

2015 Recipients included:  White Chapel Roof; Tower restoration at St Mary Magdalene; and window maintenance at the Picton Branch of the PEC Public Library.

2016 Recipients included:  The Falconer House - Kitchen Wing (1 Walton Street); Ameliasburg Museum and Archives - Roof; The Regent Theatre Foundation - East Wall Repairs.

Applications Open April 3rd.  Applications close May 5th @ 12:00 noon.

Download the Built Heritage Application Form

More information about the Built Heritage Fund

The Willi Fida Culinary Bursary Fund

The Willi Fida Culinary Bursary was established by the friends and family of Willi Fida, to honour his pioneering efforts to develop fine culinary experiences within Prince Edward County. Each year, bursaries of $1500 are awarded to up to 2 young people (up to age 30) from Prince Edward County who are pursuing a post-secondary culinary education.

The fund is accepting applications.  Applications are due May 30th.   Click here to find out how to apply.


Women's InstitutePE District Women's Institute

With an initial gift of $20,000 late in 2012, the PE District WI established a fund with the long-term goal of supporting projects around accessible transportation, and benefiting women and children, a flexible goal that can be matched over time with changing needs in the community.

Established in 1908, and comprised of the seven Women's Institute branches in the County - Cherry Valley, Consecon, Demorestville, Hillier, Mountain View, Rednersville and Wellington - the District Women's Institute works to promote, supplement the efforts and increase the productivity of the branches through District meetings and cooperative educational programs.

This fund will ensure that the history and efforts of countless dedicated WI volunteers will live on in the County. For more information, visit Prince Edward District Women's Institute.

slow foodSlow Food

Slow Food The County Seed Fund’s mandate is to support regional food projects, activities and organizations that are dedicated to the principles and issues of Slow Food. There are three pillars of interest - Education programs, Food Start-Ups and Food Security. We work with local organizations and schools to identify the needs to ensure the funding gets to the right programs that have the greatest need or impact, like our local food banks and our own students’ programs, including Healthy Snacks and Bread & Butter workshops. Funding guidelines and allocation protocols are in development and will be posted shortly.

Slow Food The County is a chapter of Slow Food Canada and Slow Food International. With more than 80 members, & friends, The County Convivium hosts’ food related events for the public and its members. They partner with many organizations throughout the County to help promote its mission through funding, volunteer support and advocacy. For more information, visit Slow Food’s web site

Festival PlayersFestival Players

Festival Players of Prince Edward County produces a yearly festival of high-calibre professional theatre in a rural setting. We produce an entirely Canadian season of plays, new works as well as those from the repertoire of outstanding previously produced work.
The mission of the festival is threefold: to provide engaging and intelligent theatre for its audience, both local and "imported", to provide employment opportunities to local and imported artists, and to provide meaningful and unique opportunities for the people of our community to work with a group of professional artists to bring theatre to life.
The County Community Foundation's Festival Player's fund will help to ensure that this tradition of quality continues in the County. For more information, visit

County Radio99.3 County FM

Prince Edward County is a unique, diverse island encompassing a wide variety of different communities which all share a common appreciation of the County’s natural beauty, agricultural heritage, rugged self-reliance and spirit of mutual support. 99.3 County FM will play an important role in the ongoing development of the County by enabling the various communities to learn about and from one another. It will also support the local economy by providing a cost-effective vehicle for local businesses to reach residents and tourists. As a community-based, not-for-profit organization, 99.3 County FM will be the only radio station exclusively focussed on developments in the County. For more information, visit

Jack Sisson FundThe Jack R. Sisson Bursary Fund 

The Jack R. Sisson Bursary Fund was established in 2014 to recognize his 32 years of exemplary contributions as teacher, coach and high school Principal. The Fund was specifically created to pay tribute to his 18 years of dedication to Quinte Secondary School (QSS), and his significant support and contributions to the growth and development of athletics at both the local and provincial levels.

The Fund awards two bursaries annually to one female and one male student graduating from QSS and proceeding to post-secondary education at a college or university in Canada. Students will have demonstrated skills in athletics, leadership in the school community, a sense of fair play and team spirit.

Click here for detailed information on how to apply.

The Community Justice Fund

The Community Justice Fund will provide grants to registered charities in the County offering recreational or educational programs for young people, including programs and initiatives which educate on risky and/or offending behaviour, positively influence both adult and young offenders, and promote community safety.  Grants will be given to organizations which deliver these programs to County residents. The Fund is the initiative of the Prince Edward Corrections Advisory Board (PECAB).  In closing its doors after more than 30 years of community service, PECAB chose to establish a Fund with the County Community Foundation that would allow the spirit of PECAB to live on.

For information on how to apply, please click here.

Prince Edward Learning CentreThe Prince Edward Learning Fund

The Prince Edward Learning Centre (PELC) has established the "Prince Edward Learning Fund”. Prince Edward County residents, age 18 plus and enrolled in PELC programs, can apply for grants to attend college, pursue apprenticeship, or to further their training for employment. The Prince Edward Learning Centre serves over 200 adults per year by providing educational assessments and referrals, correspondence support, as well as academic, literacy and numeracy upgrading. PELC also assists with College and OSAP applications, hosts youth employment programs and a low income tax clinic. The first two Learning Fund grants will be disbursed at PELC’s Annual General Meeting in November. More information on grants to be disbursed subsequently will be available in the next few months.

The Regent Theatre

The Regent Theatre Foundation Endowment Program

If you enjoy having the Regent Theatre in our community you can help insure its future by supporting our Endowment Program. Information online on the Regent Website or in the brochure available in the Regent Box office.

Monday, April 24
PEC Built Heritage Fund Opens Grant Process
The PEC Built Heritage Fund, administered by the County Community Foundation, has opened up the 2017 application process for the second ...Full Story
Monday, April 3
CCF Announces a new Scholarship Fund - OENO Gallery Arts Scholarship.
The CCF Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of a new Donor Advised Endowment Fund.  The OENO Gallery Scholarship will accept ...Full Story
Sunday, April 2


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