14 New Heritage Projects

Funding for 14 community heritage projects was approved by the Heritage Legacy Fund board on Friday, April 20, 2012.  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...
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Heritage BC Releases Strategic Plan

Last week Heritage BC put the finishing touches on a new strategic plan to guide the organization through the next three years. Completed with funding support from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the plan spells out a new relationship with the provincial government. Moving forward, Heritage BC will be a more mature and independent organization, with a strong emphasis on self-sufficiency, more a partner with than...
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BC Lighthouses Nominated for Heritage Status

Several lighthouses in BC have been nominated for designation under the federal Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act. Ninety-six lighthouses across the country had been nominated as of the beginning of the month, 21 of them in BC. There are still several others that could be candidates, however, that have not yet been nominated. The closing date, as set by the Act, is May 29, 2012.» Read more about the Heritage Lighthouse Report» www.pc.
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Budget Includes $21 Million for Heritage Properties

The budget brought down on February 21, 2012 by finance minister Kevin Falcon included $21 million for the provincial Heritage Properties. This collection of 10 provincially-owned historic sites, including Barkerville and Fort Steele historic towns, was devolved to private operators a decade ago. The new funding will be distributed over three years for “maintenance and operations”. For years, Heritage BC has been urging the provincial...
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Heritage Groups Can Apply for Gaming Millions

The provincial government has reinstated gaming funding for adult arts and culture organizations. These categories, including many community-based heritage organizations, have been shut out for the past couple of years. The government also announced an immediate increase of $15 million in this fiscal year’s grants budget, with $6 million earmarked for adult arts, culture and sports organizations.  Heritage societies are specifically mentioned...
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