The mandate of the Haliburton County Folk Society (HCFS) is to foster an appreciation of and participation in folk music in Haliburton County by:
Promoting folk and acoustic roots music opportunities
Bringing performers and audiences together
Providing a venue for local and travelling performers and songwriters
Encouraging young artists and musicians
Providing creative and financial support for musical ventures; and       
Partnering with other folk societies and other performing arts groups

Each year the Folk Society donates the Haliburton County Folk Society Award "to a student who has demonstrated both a potential as an instrumentalist, vocalist, or composer and a desire to further his/her musical career." This year's award of $100 went to Justin Dunning.