Thirty nonprofits are receiving grants totaling $858,000 for repairs and improvements to community gathering spaces.
The Community Facilities Improvement Program supports community projects aimed at improving the public use of existing facilities, such as community halls, local museums, archives and performance halls.
“Community facilities are places where people gather to share meals, enjoy the arts or celebrate local history and culture,” said Pat Dunn, Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage. “These spaces contribute so much to community life in Nova Scotia and we are proud to offer support to help them sustain and grow.
The program is open to all nonprofit organizations that serve their communities. Eligible projects include interior or exterior upgrades to kitchens, windows and roofing, which contribute to the long-term sustainability of the facility and the development of the groups that use it.
For example, the Freeport Community Development Association in Digby County is receiving $45,000 for essential repairs to two buildings that house the Islands Museum, historical society and archives, an art gallery and a community newspaper.
The Freeport Community Development Association has a mandate to foster the economic and cultural development of Long Island and Brier Island and surrounding areas. We are thrilled to receive funding from the province to carry out much needed repairs including roofs, foundation work and more. The association relies on volunteers and without this help for capital improvements, damage would be done to museum artifacts and gallery art.
Catherine Feiel, Co-chair, Freeport Community Development Association
- through the Community Facilities Enhancement Program, the Department will fund up to 75% of an eligible project, up to a maximum of $50,000