Friday, June 2, 2017

Twin federal grants to help local groups preserve local history

The efforts in preserving and presenting local history have been given a boost with an announcement yesterday of two grants for two archiving projects on the North coast.

The funding announcements come from Library and Archives Canada and have been distributed through their Documentary Heritage Communities Program, which was created in 2015 to provide financial assistance for activities that enhance the visibility of, and access to, materials held by local heritage institutions.

The Federal organization has been reviewing submissions from across Canada and with the review period now complete they allocated funding to four regions yesterday with grant announcements for the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Western parts of the nation.

From the Western grant distribution the two North Coast grant recipients include:

The Port Edward Historical Society has received 14,753 dollars to be used towards the Archival database upgrade project at the North Pacific Cannery Historical Site in the District of Port Edward.

The Prince Rupert  City and Regional Archives Society has also been provided a grant for 15,000 dollars for their Digitization project for 2017. The Archives are located at Prince Rupert City Hall.

Further down Highway 16 in the Bulkley Valley more money has been handed out with Smithers also a grant recipient form yesterday's announcement, That community will see 40,790 dollars destined for the Bulklely Valley Historical Museum Society and Stage Two of their Collections Accessibility Project.

The three Northwest grants were part of a larger 1.5 million dollar grant distribution to 48 communities across the country, some notes on yesterday's announcement can be found here.

The next funding cycle for local institutions to keep in mind comes up in the fall of this year.

The list of all communities that have received federal funding for historical projects can be examined here.

You can find more background on the Prince Rupert City and Regional Archives projects here.

For more information about activities at the North Pacific Cannery Historical Site see their website here.

More notes on tourism options on the North Coast can be reviewed on our archive page here.

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