Prince Edward County Built Heritage Fund Announces Three Grants for Heritage Buildings

July 13, 2015 – PICTON, Ontario – After five years of increasingly successful Christmas House Tours in the County, The Built Heritage Fund, administered by the County Community Foundation, is announcing three grants under their Grant Program.

The following project will be recognized this year:

“The 2015 Save the Day” Grant – $5,000

Old White Chapel – Roofing Project

During the grants process the Grants Committee decided as a result of this being the inaugural grant process, and in recognition of the high quality of all of the applications that they would present two additional grants in recognition of the significant efforts to preserve heritage and important buildings in Prince Edward County.

“Tower Restoration” – $1500

St Mary Magdalene – Tower Restoration

“Preserving Andrew Carnegie’s Gift to Picton” – $1500

PEC Library – Picton – Window Restoration

Photo opportunities will be available for the presentation of a Ceremonial Cheque on Monday, July 13th at 9:45 (Old White Chapel); 10:30 (St Mary Magdalene) and 11:00 am (PEC Library).

The grants process was launched in mid–April with deadline in mid-June. There were multiple projects that inquired about and worked on applications. This was a clear demonstration of how the Built Heritage Fund resonates with a community full of heritage buildings and a genuine care for their potential and possibility.

Grants Committee: Stephanie Lynn, Elizabeth Crombie, Jackie Soorsma, Marilyn Lauer, and Marilyn Kennedy. Most members of the House Tour Organizing Group were present. Carolyn Clarke was absent from the deliberations.

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

613-476-7901 ext. 218



* Located on White Chapel Road in Hallowell

* Built in 1809.  A designated historical building.

* The roof is the immediate need and because of the nature of the designation it must be a cedar shake roof.

* Work will happen this Autumn.


* Located on Main Street between Paul and Johnson Street in Picton. 

* Built in 1913 and restored approximately 25 years ago.  A designated significant building by local historical society.

* The tower restoration is the immediate need; and is already underway.


* Located on Main Street, Picton

* Built in 1907. A designated historical building. This is what is known as a Carnegie Library, original funding and design was donated by Andrew Carnegie. There were a total of 2,509 of these around North America. All built between 1883 and 1929.

* The restoration of the windows is the immediate need. They are working through a planned and documented historical building plan that was begun more than 5 years ago.

* The front windows will be restored; improved efficiency; they will be able to be opened once the restoration is complete.


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.


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.