Three more legions in SDG receive funding to stay afloat

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Three additional Royal Canadian Legion branches in SDG will be receiving funding from the federal government.

The Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund was released late last year in response to a cry for help from hundreds of legions across the country.

The organizations rely primarily on the rental of their spaces for events, donations, and food and beverage purchases to stay afloat. After they were forced to close or had their events cancelled last year, many could no longer afford to continue to operate.

The fund was approved on Nov. 10 and allocated $20 million to help various organizations cope with financial losses through a reimbursement program.

The Royal Canadian Legion branches in Lancaster and Long Sault will both be receiving funding in the amount of $10,845. The branch in Chesterville will be receiving $7,449. The Cornwall branch received $10,845 in funding late last year.

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“This money is for a portion of expenses like rent, utilities, and insurance that have already been paid, starting in March 2020 when the pandemic hit. This funding is much appreciated since there was no revenue coming in,” said Bill Bresee, the president of the Long Sault branch, in a press release.

The Long Sault branch usually donates money to Meals on Wheels, Carefor Hospice Cornwall, and had announced the hopes of a new headquarters in 2018.

In total, there has been $137,984 approved for legions in the region, and the money is only supposed to cover lost revenue needed for basic expenses.

“The Chesterville legion was fortunate to be able to reopen in July 2020. So, it only required government assistance for the period that it was closed between March 17 and July 17,” said Steven Grubb, the president of the Chesterville branch.

Had legions in the area been forced to sell their properties, the impact would have been felt on the community as a whole, according to Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry MP Eric Duncan.

“It is important that they are able to continue their great work after we emerge from this pandemic,” said Duncan.

“Royal Canadian Legions play an important role in our communities. Not only do they support our veterans, but Legions also operate community meeting venues and support many other local not-for-profit organizations,” said Duncan’s assistant Adrien Bugelli.

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