At Brant, community means a lot to us!

Peterborough is not only where our business is based, it’s where we raise our families and build our lives.

We are proud to support more than 30 local causes though our Charitable Organization Support Program. Benefits of the program include:

  • Use of prime storefront windows to promote your message
  • ‘On hold’ messaging about your programs and services
  • Promotion on Brant Basics’ social media accounts

We also work with local charities to make our community stronger through fundraising, sponsorships, and in-kind donations. We strive to live our values every day, in everything we do.

Interested? Contact us to find out more.

This month in our front window!

Jan 2018 – ReFrame Film Festival

The 14th annual ReFrame Film Festival will take place from January 25th – 28th, 2018 at venues throughout downtown Peterborough. Featuring over 60 films from all over the world, ReFrame focuses on issues of human rights, social justice and environmental activism, with the aim of using film and art to provide opportunities for education and thoughtful debate within the communities of Peterborough.

Tickets are available online at, at the GreenUP Store (378 Aylmer St., Peterborough), and at Happenstance Books and Yarn (44 Queen St., Lakefield).

For more information, click here or contact us at: (705) 745-3238 x 211 |


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Jan 2018 – ReFrame Film Festival

The 14th annual ReFrame Film Festival will take place from January 25th – 28th, 2018 at venues throughout downtown Peterborough. Featuring over 60 films from all over the world, ReFrame focuses on issues of human rights, social justice and environmental activism, with the aim of using film and art to provide opportunities for education and thoughtful debate within the communities of Peterborough.

Tickets are available online at, at the GreenUP Store (378 Aylmer St., Peterborough), and at Happenstance Books and Yarn (44 Queen St., Lakefield).

For more information, click here or contact us at: (705) 745-3238 x 211 |


December 2017 – Public Energy is a producer and animator of contemporary dance, theatre, performance and interdisciplinary work.  We are dedicated to supporting the creation, touring and presentation of innovative contemporary performing arts, and to developing audiences that are knowledgeable and passionate. Public Energy produces an annual season of contemporary dance, theatre and interdisciplinary performance, featuring the best artists from Peterborough, across Canada and beyond. Public Energy’s next event is Mouthpiece, an award winning theatre work by the Quote Unquote Collective from Toronto, on February 23 rd at 8pm at the Market Hall Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are available in advance through the Market Hall Box Office.

Visit our web site, for details about Mouthpiece and the rest of our mainstage

November 2017 – Alternatives Community Program Services has been passionate about improving the quality of life for people living with developmental disabilities for over 30 years. Supporting 250+ individuals and their families annually, Alternatives provides opportunities for learning and skill development in the areas of employment, volunteerism, recreation and community involvement.

Alternatives outgrew and sold its two properties and purchased St. George’s Church at 270 Braidwood Avenue. We are excited to call the Braidwood neighbourhood our new home and eager to revitalize this amazing community gathering space.

Renovations have been moving along very well, with great consideration given to long-term sustainability, environmental impact, using local products and services as well as our overall focus on accessibility.

We have ceased renovations this month to focus our efforts on raising money. Our Capital Campaign is reaching out to our community, our neighbours and our friends to help us complete this project.

Your gift to the Braidwood Neighbourhood Project will see this building transformed into a safe and accessible community space for people living with disabilities and other members of our community for many years to come.


Brant Basics is proud to support Junior Achievement

It offers Peterborough, Lakeland and Muskoka students education in Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurial and Workplace Readiness.

Dedicated partners and investors within these communities help with program delivery to children and youth.

They are dedicated to helping young people stay in the small towns and villages where they grew up, and offer bilingual programs to serve Ontario’s many Francophones.

At Brant, we’re always keen to share info on some the great community organizations in our community. September 2017 is no different. Please check out Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting those affected by sexual violence.  At our Centre in Peterborough, we offer individual counselling, group counselling and workshops, peer supports, public education and professional training.  In our three surrounding communities of City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton and Northumberland, we work with local centres to provide responsive healing supports and public education events. 

Join us for our 40th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 14. Learn more at our website Visit us at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter @ksacstaff and YouTube at KawarthaSAC #DoYouTalkConsent?

Brant is pleased to support … United Way Peterborough:

Life is complicated – for the family living in poverty, the child struggling in school, or the person living with a mental illness — there is no single solution to move forward. Which is why when you give to United Way, you’re working with us to invest in programs that result in a wide range of possibility for those living in our community. A gift to United Way will change a life. United Way Peterborough is 100% local and positively impacts around 60,000 lives annually. For information or to learn more visit our website at

Brant Basics is happy to support… Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters. The OFAH | *Mario Cortellucci Hunting & Fishing Heritage Centre provides:

  • A unique place for conservation success stories of anglers and hunters young and old
  • Curriculum-linked education programs, and summer camps emphasizing the importance of environmental conservation and education
  • A venue for birthday parties, corporate meetings and events, and welcome walk-in visitors of all ages

For more info visit


Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 10.31.54 PMWe are thrilled to shine a light on Fairhaven Long-Term Care Home, for the month of June!

Fairhaven is Peterborough’s only non-profit municipal home, is gearing up for their 10th Annual Walk ‘n’ Roll event, Celebrating Canada’s 150th, Sat., July 1, 2017.

Everyone can join to raise funds & awareness. Fairhaven is committed to enhancing the quality of life for our Residents in a caring and safe environment. Contact us at


May 2017 – Habitat for Humanity – Please take a moment to check out the great work of our local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Yet another great local not-for-profit doing great things in our community. They’ve got the streetside window display all month, check it out and learn more and consider volunteering your time.

Affordable homeownership provides a solid foundation for families to build strength, stability and self-reliance. It’s a platform on which a family lives out today’s realities and prepares for tomorrow’s transformations. Every Habitat home changes lives: those of the families who help build them and pay an affordable mortgage and all the volunteers, donors and supporters who offer them a “hand up” in a time of need. At Habitat, we believe that every one deserves a safe and decent place to live. Every parent wants a better future for their children and every child should know the confidence that comes from a stable home.

Locally established in 2002, Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region has helped 28 families achieve homeownership. This build season, we will partner with 4 new families to build homes in Peterborough. Through volunteer labour and donations of money and materials, Habitat build homes from the ground up in partnership with local families. We offer families a “hand-up, not a hand-out”! The hand-up comes in the form of a 0% interest mortgage, with no down payment and geared to income monthly payments. To demonstrate their commitment, each family contributes 500 hours of ‘sweat equity’ or volunteer service with our organization, helping to build their own home alongside volunteers.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Habitat and we are proud to have a diverse and dedicated base of helping hands. Our popular Youth Build, Women Build and Community Build programs engage volunteers from all walks of life in Habitat’s mission- building homes, fundraising and advocating. Our capacity to help families access decent and affordable housing is directly powered by the support of our partners. 100% of donations are used to fund the cost of construction materials needed for home building. Together, with support from our volunteers and partners, we can continue helping families achieve the stability and independence they need to build brighter, more prosperous lives for themselves and their children.

visit for more info.

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April 2017 – Dalhousie Youth Support Services is a non-profit organization committed to helping youth in conflict with the law in the Peterborough area. Our innovative programs promote and develop positive social behaviours and encourage personal and academic growth.  Join in the fun during the 2017  National Youth Week, May 1st to 7th. Events are geared  for youth 13 to 18 years of age and most events are free. Like us on Facebook and check out our calendar of events on For more information call 707 742-7777 x 1805. Take a moment to check out this organization’s website, and be informed.

This month, we are celebrating the great work of The Elizabeth Fry Society of Peterborough. This organization provides counselling, support, and group programs for all women in the Peterborough area with a specific focus on women who are at risk or involved with the criminal justice system.  Please go to our web-site at for information about our programs and services.

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We are pleased to share the good work of Community Counselling & Resource Centre – For 60 years, CCRC has provided professional, caring services that make a positive and lasting difference for over 7,000 households within our community. CCRC helps people to maintain and secure housing, strengthen relationships, and gain control of their finances. Located at 540 George Street North and 459 Reid Street, CCRC is ‘turning things around’ for thousands of people in our community.

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Check out their website and see the various things this local agency engages in:

Brant is proud to support …. Community Care Peterborough

  • Picture a crowd of 7,618 people–nearly enough to fill Peterborough Memorial Centre twice–that’s exactly how many local people received much-needed Community Care Peterborough services this past year.
  • Community Care Peterborough services connect neighbours to the world outside their door, provide friendship, hot meals, transportation, home help, and more—whatever they need most.  We hear every day how the most vulnerable members of our community—our parents, friends, families, and neighbours—benefit from dignity, hope and respect.Community Care Peterborough’s 913 volunteers gave a total of 98,000 hrs. of service in 2016 delivering 40,906 meals and provided 36,890 drives. Community Care Peterborough is so very thankful to our many community champions who show their support of volunteering or a monetary donation.
  • For more information or call 705-742-7067.



We are happy to promote Hospice Peterborough. To quote a long-time Hospice client, “Hospice is not about dying, it’s about living… and living life to the fullest.” This holiday season give the gift of home comfort to someone living with or affected by a life threatening illness and grief. Purchase your symbolic gift, for that hard to buy for person on your list and help furnish the Hospice Peterborough Care Centre. Go to Hospice Peterborough 439 Rubidge Street or’


We love the performing arts – and this month, we’re pleased to shine a light on The Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, a charitable organization, provides and maintains the premier venue in the heart of the downtown in developing, nurturing, and sustaining the creative qualities of life in Peterborough”. Market Hall is a small to mid-size, multi-functional space that hosts a wide variety of performing arts groups, a series of youth presentations, community fundraising events and educational programmes. Visit  to learn about all of the upcoming shows this season!


October 2016 – Brant is pleased to support the great work of Activity Haven. Here’s a bit about them, and make sure to drop by our George Street window for more info.

Activity Haven, operating out of the Queen Alexandra Building at 180 Barnardo Avenue in Peterborough, provides a wide range of recreational and social activities for people 50 years and over. The centre currently has around 1,300 members.

  • In addition to daily activities like billiards, mah-jongg, euchre, bridge, shuffleboard, ping pong, and carpet bowling, Activity Haven also offers many instructional programs beginning in September.
  • For the complete schedule of instructional programs this fall at Activity Haven, along with fees, visit