The province is investing $250,000 in a trust fund that will support activities and new projects for La Picasse Community Cultural Centre in Richmond County. Michel Samson, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, announced the funding today, March 27, at La Picasse Community Cultural Centre in Petit-de-Grat, on Isle Madame. “La Picasse Community Cultural Centre plays a pivotal role in the preservation and development of the Acadian and francophone community in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Samson. “By supporting the centre, we are making it easier for Acadians to enjoy what their community has to offer for years to come.” The province is matching an investment by the Mouse Island Marine Centre Association, bringing the total to $500,000. The interest from the trust fund will be allocated annually to support La Picasse Community Cultural Centre. La Picasse promotes Acadian culture and the French language through artistic, cultural and educational programming. Its facilities are available for use by the Acadian and Francophone communities. “This investment in the trust fund is a first step toward ensuring that our community can further finance the activities and programs of the community cultural centre,” said Yvon Samson, president of La Picasse. “We will now be able to better operate and support new projects for the Acadian community.” Investment in community and cultural organizations and advancing cultural diversity are vital parts of the province’s recently unveiled culture strategy, Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan. The full plan is online at novascotia.ca/culture/. To learn more about La Picasse Community Cultural Centre, visit www.lapicasse.ca.