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Community Building Fund

Helps Community Museum Adapt and Overcome

Lucan, ON –

“The Donnelly Museum shines a light on a unique period of our local history, reminding us of a violent time when people took the law into their own hands,” said Monte McNaughton, MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex. “Through the Community Building Fund, our government is continuing to invest in projects that preserve our stories, culture, and heritage here in Lucan-Biddulph and across Ontario.”

This grant will assist the museum with staffing and operating costs after its last two seasons were impacted by COVID. In 2020, the museum lost its 25th Anniversary Season as well as a major fundraising event planned for that summer. In 2021, the museum opened for a shortened season without its most lucrative fundraising activity, the Donnelly Escape Room.

In addition to helping the organization through these difficult times, this grant will support the creation of the museum’s very first virtual tour. This new mode of exhibition and education will give the museum a wider reach for its programing and an increased resilience against future closures and the distance of visiting institutions.

“We are extremely grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for this support,” says Thomas Levesque, the Donnelly Museum Supervisor and Treasurer. “This Community Building Fund grant will help us overcome the challenges presented by the last couple of years and help adapt our programming for a new and changing world.”

We at the Lucan Area Heritage & Donnelly Museum are committed to preserving our past to help build our future. We are open through the summer for public visits, but provide private visits, school tours, bus tours, and more throughout the year. If you wish to learn more about us and how you can help support our preservation efforts, please visit

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit to learn more.


Organization Contact for Media Inquiries:

Thomas Levesque

Museum Supervisor, Lucan Area Heritage & Donnelly Museum

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