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First-ever City Heritage Fund grants to support five projects

January 23, 2014 -

The City's new Heritage Fund program is awarding $61,000 in grants to five cultural heritage organizations.

The Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites (KAM) and the City of Kingston are pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural City of Kingston Heritage Fund Grants.

"This support will help augment the power and reach of these worthy cultural heritage enterprises," says KAM's Managing Director Ann Blake.

"Kingston enjoys a large number of cultural heritage assets that, with proper stewardship, will enrich the lives of residents and visitors for generations to come.  The City's Heritage Fund grants are aimed at protecting and celebrating our rich heritage," says Colin Wiginton, Acting Cultural Director.  He and Blake agree that the inaugural list of recipients demonstrates the wealth of Kingston's cultural heritage offerings that can enrich residents' cultural experience and contribute to the economy through attracting tourism. 

The recipients of the first-ever City Heritage Fund grants are:

  • The Museum of Health Care has been awarded $20,000 for "Canadian Army Medical Corps: Health care and heroism in the First World War" – and exhibit which will highlight Kingston's connection to the topic with histories and artefacts gathered from the community.
  • The Kingston Regional Heritage Fair will receive $10,500 to help redesign its website which will feature: links to local heritage resources; information and registration for the annual Fair; and opportunities for students and community groups/museums to connect to research and showcase cultural heritage.
  • Lower Burial Ground Restoration Society has been awarded $6,234.34 to build public awareness and understanding of the Lower Burial Ground by creating an interpretive panel for the site at Queen and Montreal Streets
  • National Aboriginal Day Committee will receive $5,900 to recognize and celebrate the history and contributions made by First Nations, Inuit and Metis people (to be administered on their behalf by HIV/AIDS Regional Services).
  • CFRC Radio (Queen's University) will receive $20,000 to revitalize its Speaking Stones Guide to the Social History of Kingston (www.stoneskingston.ca), by updating it for use with mobile devices, integrating walking tours with interactive mapping and promoting the site.

Created to fulfill a recommendation of the Kingston Culture Plan, the City's Heritage Fund is administered for the City by the Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites on behalf of the City.  Submitted in the summer, all grant proposals go through an independent, adjudicated, peer review process.

Kingston Culture Plan: www.cityofkingston.ca/kcp

Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries, and Historic Sites: www.kingstonmuseums.ca

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Media contact:

For more information on Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites, contact Ann Blake, Managing Director, at 613-583-4014 or managing.director@kingstonmuseums.ca

For more information about the City's support, contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116 (cell 613-329-3462). Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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