Who We Help

Festival Profits Support Local Organizations

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival Committee • Fund Disbursement Evening 2017
(from left:  Clarence Martin, Greg Bedard, Vince Sowa, Quentin Meyer, FlapJack, Barb Wilkie, Dave Unrau, Karen Weber, Cheryl Peterson, Lavern Brubacher, Kim Dixon, Drew McGovern, Rose Rabidoux)

Since its inception, all proceeds from the Festival are returned to the community, to both charitable and not-for-profit organizations. In 2001, the Festival was the proud recipient of the Outstanding Philanthropic Action award from the Foundation for Rural Living. And, at the completion of the 2015 Festival, the total monies raised for these community groups surpassed the 1.6 million dollar mark.  

The 2018 Sponsor Appreciation and Grant Disbursement was a success.  Many local community agencies and services were supported because of the hard work and contributions of our many Sponsors & Volunteers.  Thank you for your continued commitment to the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival.

Traditionally, 40% of the profits are allocated annually to Elmira District Community Living with the remaining amounts shared among selected organizations.


For our 54th Festival in 2018 we were very pleased to allocate $45,000 in support to the following community organizations: 


Apply for a Festival Grant
Are you a charitable or not-for-profit organization in Waterloo Region? Could your organization benefit from a financial leg up to continue your good works?  Grant Applications may be submitted until March 1, 2019.
Click here to download a PDF Grant Application.