The Belva Thomas Charity Bursary Programme

The Préville Fine Arts Centre was founded in1974 by Belva Thomas, who was a leader in cultural and community activism on Montreal’s South Shore. To honor the memory of Mrs.Thomas and her work as a celebrated humanitarian, musician and community development entrepreneur, we established The Préville Fine Arts Centre Charity Bursary in her name.

See How the Belva Thomas Charity Bursary is Helping Families

The Préville Fine Arts Centre Mission Statement

The Préville Fine Arts Centre is a non-profit, fine arts program focusing on music, art and education in the community of Montreal’s South Shore and beyond. Préville offers musical, artistic, science and technology and cultural education to enrich the lives of families and learners of all ages and backgrounds in a bilingual setting. We are committed to offering quality, accessible instruction at an affordable price.

In accordance with our Mission Statement, the Belva Thomas Charity Bursary provides financial assistance to students who would not otherwise have the financial means to attend the Préville Fine Arts Centre. The Belva Thomas Charity Bursary aims to give children between the ages of 5-16 who demonstrate financial need, the opportunity to discover, explore, create and inspire others in the areas of music, the arts, science and technology.

Purpose of the Bursary

The Belva Thomas Charity Bursary is meant to support one or more of the following purposes:


Any student between the ages of 5 – 16 who is interested in arts, music, culture, science and technology. 

Criteria For Application of Bursary


Will cover the full or partial cost of attending the Préville Fine Arts Centre. Note: bursary has no cash value.

Please do not hesitate to apply!

Deadline to Apply

We are currently accepting applications. Bursaries available for Fall, Winter/Spring and Summer sessions.

Caisse Desjardins Charles-LeMoyne:
A new multi-year partner, supporting the Belva Thomas Bursary

Thank you to the Caisse Desjardins Charles-LeMoyne for their recent pledge to provide financial support for three-years to our bursary fund!

This community-minded organization is the first to step forward to provide crucial, ongoing support that will help make sure that no family is turned away from experiencing the joy and benefits that come from being a part of Préville’s community, and from participating in its unparalleled arts-based programming.