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News Release - Manitoba

January 13, 2021


The Manitoba government has extended the deadline to January 30 for applications to the Heritage Resources Conservation Grant, a program that supports local, community-based projects for the preservation and enhancement of Manitoba’s heritage sites, Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox announced today.

“Investing in our historic sites helps to ensure future generations can appreciate and connect to our province’s rich and diverse history,” said Cox. “Our government is proud to partner with community organizations, local governments and property owners to create unique destinations and experiences for Manitobans that honour our past and promote Manitoba’s vibrant culture and communities.”

The Heritage Resources Conservation Grant provides $750,000 annually to community groups, volunteer organizations and heritage organizations to support projects that demonstrate a commitment toward the conservation and long-term sustainability of heritage resources legally protected under The Heritage Resources Act. Categories for grant applications include capital projects, research, conservation planning, education or training and endowments.

The grant program is designed to encourage new partnerships with community organizations and the private sector to support the long-term sustainability of Manitoba's heritage infrastructure. This initiative supports the minister’s mandate to engage Manitobans in sharing and exploring Manitoba's heritage sites and buildings. The minister noted that a total of 81 projects were supported last year, including:
•    restoring the 165-year-old stone walls of north Winnipeg’s Kildonan Presbyterian Church;
•    repointing the brick masonry of the city’s Granite Curling Club, the oldest curling club in Western Canada;
•    installing cedar shingles on Gabrielle Roy House, the childhood home of one of Canada and Manitoba’s greatest Francophone authors;
•    repairing the log structure of the Charlebois Chapel in The Pas, including replacing a few rotted logs and painting the exterior;
•    replicating missing veranda fretwork elements for the James White 'Gingerbread' House in Carberry;
•    repointing the fieldstone masonry in the St. Paul's United Church in Boissevain; and
•    restoring the marquee at the Roxy Theatre in Neepawa.

The owner of the Herdsman House, a residence offered for rent as an Airbnb in the Mennonite village of Neubergthal, used grant program funding to replicate the home’s missing wooden gutters. The Lac du Bonnet and District Historical Society, new owners of the former St. John's Anglican Church, used funding provided under the program’s conservation planning category to have design drawings prepared for use in restoring the church’s tower to its original gothic appearance.

The original application deadline of January 15 has been extended until January 30.

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