Heritage Legacy Fund Offers $90,000 Boost
The Heritage Legacy Fund jury had its work cut out for it when it reviewed 27 project requests worth nearly $300,000, but had only a third of that to award.
As difficult as the deliberations were, the applicants offered an impressive range of heritage awareness and conservation projects.
“We were very impressed with the breadth of applications to the Heritage Legacy Fund,” says jury chair, Jennifer Iredale. “Community organizations all over BC submitted excellent applications to stabilize, conserve and rehabilitate historic places in their towns. We looked at applications to do conservation work on community centers, band offices, churches, artists studio’s, large industrial artifacts, cultural landscapes and we looked at projects that will increase awareness and interpretation of historic places in communities all over the Province.”
Jennifer continued: “The adjudication committee was so impressed with the number of volunteers who put such a lot of time and hard work into these heritage projects! The passion, dedication and long-term commitment to preserving the heritage of their towns was palpable in the applications and extensive supporting materials we looked at. The strength of so many applications was in that grassroots passion and community commitment to heritage in their town.”
"It is great to see so many B.C. communities benefitting from heritage conservation grants through the provincially-endowed Heritage Legacy Fund. Through the hard work of community organizations that are dedicated to their local heritage, along with the efforts of Heritage BC to maintain and grow the Fund, this $5 million endowment investment continues to do a terrific job of supporting heritage conservation throughout B.C. It just keeps on giving!" said Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
The jury, consisting of two Heritage BC directors and two members-at-large, rose to the challenge, and today we are proud to announce the 2016 Heritage Legacy Fund grant recipients:
Heritage Awareness Projects
To digitize existing interpretive heritage trail materials and add it to an interactive app.
BC Labour Heritage Society
To conduct research and produce a commemorative plaque for the Blair Rifle Range.
Hallmark Heritage Society
To conduct research, document and produce online and on-site displays about Craigflower Schoolhouse.
Mackie Lake House Foundation
To conduct research and create 15 informational signs for a self-guided outdoor walking tour.
Vancouver Heritage Foundation
To produce an interactive website: Places That Matter.
Hollyburn Heritage Society
To retrieve and preserve heritage material and information from the original Hollyburn Lodge structure, and produce interpretive signage.
Kootenay Lake Historical Society
To produce six interpretive panels about the SS Moyie Sternwheeler.
Lower Similkameen Indian Band
To develop interpretive signage and kiosk displays for camp and recreation sites at Crater Mountain.
Rossland Heritage Commission
To produce two interpretive signs for the Cavalry Cemetery.
BC Heritage Fairs Society
To create a web-based exhibit of heritage resource research projects produced by youth in Grades 4 to 9, and a series of exhibit presentations.
Heritage Conservation Projects
Oliver and District Heritage Society
To replace the roof of the BC Provincial Police Station.
Unitarian Church of Vancouver
To replace the skylights and repair the Sanctuary roof of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver.
West Coast Railway Association
To restore the Northern Summit railcar.
City of Campbell River
To preserve exterior elements and unique windows of the Walter Morgan Studio.
The Galiano Club
To replace the South Galiano Community Hall's flooring.
To undertake exterior remediation, site and structure preparation and reinforcement, and exterior finishing of The Blue Cabin.
Port Clements Historical Society
To lift and restore Madill Yarder logging machinery.
For more information about projects funded by the Heritage Legacy Fund or to make a contribution to the Heritage Legacy fund, please visit www.heritagebc.ca.