HERITAGE BC UPDATE
HBC STRATEGIC PLAN
A Positive MeetingOn Monday, April 23, 2012, Heritage BC sat down with Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, who is responsible for the heritage file. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the recently-completed HBC Strategic Plan which Mr. Thomson had generously assisted last fall with a $35,000 project grant. The plan envisions a more independent organization and a new relationship with the provincial government, as a partner rather than a client. It also seeks a further provincial contribution to the Heritage Legacy Fund to create permanent baseline operating revenue for HBC.
The conversation with Mr. Thomson was pragmatic and positive. The Minister is looking for more detail, a fully-developed business case that he can take to Treasury Board to bolster the proposal for government investment in the new vision. The meeting concluded with an agreement that the ministry will provide further funding to bring in some professional help to take the strategic plan through the final stages. Heritage BC will move quickly to complete the business case over the next few months since time is of the essence.
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HERITAGE LEGACY FUND
14 New Heritage Projects
Funding for 14 community heritage projects was approved by the Heritage Legacy Fund board on Friday, April 20. Ten of the approved grants will go toward conservation work on historic buildings, and four will support historic interpretation through signage.
The maximum grant is $25,000 and two projects, both in Vancouver, received this amount. The Green Thumb Players Society is heading up a creative project to rejuvenate Carleton School as a theatre performance venue. The Japanese Language School and Hall in Vancouver’s East End is engaged in an ambitious project to rehabilitate their 1928 building as a day care facility and interpretation centre.
Many grant applications continue to be for basic maintenance and repair that has been deferred for lack of funds, and many projects would not proceed without essential Heritage Legacy Fund assistance.
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