Community Building Fund-Operating Stream Grant to Brantford Symphony Orchestra is Music to the Ears

In 2021, the Brantford Symphony Orchestra received a grant $50,000 from the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund-Operating Stream grant over 6 months. The grant is delivered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to Brantford Symphony Orchestra to put on two performances at the Sanderson Centre in a live and virtual format. The project took place in October and December of 2021 and gave people in the community an opportunity to experience symphonic music after not been able to perform for over a year.

“Congratulations to the Brantford Symphony Orchestra on receiving this grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation” said Brantford-Brant MPP Will Bouma. “Music is a gift that brings joy as well as a much-needed break from life’s everyday challenges, and the BSO has been a huge part of this in our community. I am looking forward to enjoying the music and happiness you bring to Brantford-Brant for years to come” he added.

Livestreaming involves additional expenses, and providing a safe, socially distanced seating arrangement means that the number of attendees is lower, resulting in reduced ticket sales. Thanks to the $50,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, these obstacles are being overcome.
“The Arts have struggled for funding in Canada and COVID-19 has certainly highlighted this challenge,” said Joann Alho, Co-Chair of the Brantford Symphony Orchestra. “All cultural organizations appreciate and need continued financial support from all levels of government. Sincere thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation without whom the relaunch of this season would not have been possible.”

The Brantford Symphony Orchestra is committed to keeping music alive. If you wish to enquire about their concerts or education programs, please visit their website at:

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit to learn more.

In the photos: Milan Novakovic (Executive Assistant to Will Bouma, MPP Brantford-Brant), Kevin Davis (City of Brantford Mayor), Leslie Dawn Knowles (BSO Concert Master), Larry Gaertner (Ontario Trillium Foundation volunteer), Joann Alho (BSO Co-Chair), Maureen Wills (BSO Co-Chair), Philip Sarabura (BSO Conductor/Artistic Director)

Photos: Jason Freeze

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