The following press release has been sent to announce that the Regent Theater Foundation has received a $50,000 grant from the Province of Ontario.
The Regent Theater Foundation is delighted to announce the receipt of a $50,000 grant from the Government of Ontario’s Community Development Fund – Operating Stream. This grant, awarded in 2021 and offered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, enabled the Regent Theater to hire three county residents for 12 months to develop hybrid/digital programming and youth engagement initiatives.
“The Regent Theater has been at the heart of Picton’s main street for over a century, providing a wide range of live and video entertainment to its community. This longevity is a product of an ability to adapt and stay current,” said Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte. “This $50,000 grant through the Community Building Fund provides stability as the Regent navigates pandemic-related challenges and develops innovative programming for his audience.”
The pandemic has allowed The Regent to expand its programming into the digital sphere with live streams and podcasts, and necessitated a technological shift towards online sales and a more robust online presence. Thanks to this grant, three part-time positions have been created: Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Associate Producer of Hybrid Programming and Web/Box Office Integration Coordinator.
The Regent Theater is the county’s only entertainment venue that provides year-round employment and volunteer opportunities for county residents. Regent survived COVID with community support; now, with the support of OTF, the organization looks forward to giving back and building the community.