Jeanette Arsenault

Nearly $870,000 in federal support will go to P.E.I. organizations for French and Acadian arts, culture, heritage and official language projects. (Patrick Faller/CBC)

Twenty-seven P.E.I. French and Acadian projects by organizations supporting arts, culture, heritage and official languages will receive $866,457 in federal funding.

"These projects reflect Islanders’ joie de vivre and highlight their culture and heritage," said Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, who announced the support Wednesday in Summerside on behalf of Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

"In addition to contributing to the local economy and community development, this investment will allow residents and visitors to Prince Edward Island to enjoy enriching cultural experiences," said Glover in a news release.

Programs that promote the development of both official languages will receive the bulk of the funding at $790,081.

Seven organizations will get $51,300 from the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, while two groups will receive $25,076 from the Canada Arts Presentation Fund that supports professional arts festivals and live performances.

"Thanks to the financial support from Canadian Heritage, La Belle Alliance will be able to continue offering cultural activities in French for the Acadian, Francophone and Francophile community in our region," said Giselle Babineau-Jordan, president of La Belle-Alliance ltée de Summerside, which received nearly $11,000 over the next two years.