Algonquin Highlands is getting an unexpected helping hand from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

Mayor Carol Moffatt announced on Facebook, yesterday, the township is receiving $532,292 in the form of an unconditional grant.

Steve Clark the Minister of Municipal Affairs said, in a written statement sent to heads of council, “taxpayers need their local government to deliver modern, efficient services that show respect for their hard-earned dollars. This funding will help small and rural municipalities improve how they deliver services and reduce the ongoing costs of providing those services.”

Clark went on to say “I look forward to continuing to work together with our municipal partners to help people and businesses in communities across our province thrive.”

Moffatt said the town has a “looooong list of pent up capital projects that would enhance service delivery so we look forward to a future discussion about how to make the best use of this windfall.”

Algonquin Highlands is one of 405 municipalities to get this grant.