Prince Edward County Built Heritage Fund Announces Grants Program

Beginning Spring 2015

After five years of increasingly successful Christmas House Tours in the County, Built Heritage Fund, administered by the County Community Foundation, will award the first “Save-The-Day” Grant. The house tour organizing committee, consisting of Libby Crombie, Stephanie Lynn, Marilyn Kennedy, Jackie Soorsma, Carolyn Clarke, and Marilyn Lauer, are delighted to be able to offer some of the proceeds back to the community. The deadline for applications is June 15th, and further details including eligibility of project and of applicant can be found at

House Tour Organizing Committee. Back Row: Stephanie Lynn, Libby Crombie, Jackie Soorsma. Front Row: Marilyn Lauer, Marilyn Kennedy and Carolyn Clarke.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jefferson Gilbert, Funds Administrator, County Community Foundation

613-476-7901 ext. 218


The County Community Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to building a strong and healthy Prince Edward County. The County Community Foundation:

  • encourage community-oriented philanthropy
  • provide collaborative leadership to assess and address community needs
  • raise and manage funds
  • make grants that build community strengths.

Our vision is to improve the lives of present and future generations of PEC residents and to build a strong and resilient community where we can live, work and play. We build on community strengths, connect donors to community needs, increase our capacity to respond to challenges and seize opportunities, enable informed dialog and consensus, support local leadership, and mobilize civic engagement and resources.


In August 2010 the precipitous demolition of the 135 year old Methodist Episcopal Church, an iconic landmark on Main Street, Picton, brought a few 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 Christmas House Tour was held in December 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.