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Midland library receives $24K grant from federal government

Library will use money to 'invest in expert guidance and systems to build on the fundraising and development skills' of board, leadership
Midland Public Library, 320 King Street
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The Midland Public Library (MPL) has received $24,162 from the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund via the Huronia Community Foundation.

2022 saw MPL rebound from COVID closures, with significant increases in active members, material circulation, and online access. We’re a key partner in building our community, collaborating with over 30 local groups, and providing programming that reaches roughly 10,000 people annually and continues to expand. We know that to continue to grow and to build sustainably for the library’s future, we’ll need to expand our fundraising and development system.

MPL will invest in expert guidance and systems to build on the fundraising and development skills of our board and leadership. We recognize the impacts of COVID on existing fundraising streams and the way organizations interact with donors, and what donors value.

MPL prides itself on being community led, and offering our community relevant and exciting ways to be engaged, inspired, and empowered. To continue to be a central part of what makes Midland and the surrounding areas a great place to live, work and play, we need to be agile and responsive with our programs and services, requiring funding above and beyond the status quo. Improving our fundraising and development systems will provide sustainability and build our capacity.

The Midland Public Library is freely accessible to residents of all four north Simcoe communities and the Beausoleil First Nation, as well as other contracting municipalities. It’s widely known as a community hub expanding access to opportunities for engagement, inspiration, and empowerment. To find out more about the library’s programs and services, visit

“Community service organizations are at the heart of communities like Midland, creating a sense of belonging from coast to coast to coast. The Community Services Recovery Fund will enable the organizations, like the Midland Public Library, that serve our diverse communities to adapt and modernize their programs and services and to invest in the future of their organizations, staff, and volunteers. Together, we can rebuild from the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic and build a more just and equitable future for those in Midland.” — Jenna Sudds, minister of families, children and social development

The Community Services Recovery Fund is a one-time $400-million investment from the Government of Canada to support community service organizations, including charities, non-profits and Indigenous governing bodies, as they adapt and modernize their organizations. The Government of Canada delivered the Community Services Recovery Fund through three national funders — Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and United Way Centraide Canada. The national funders distributed funding to eligible community service organizations, including charities, non-profits, and Indigenous governing bodies, providing services in communities across Canada.