Grants avail­able for fish­ing struc­tures

Her­itage Foun­da­tion an­nounces 2012 fish­eries her­itage preser­va­tion pro­gram

The Compass - - OPINION -

The Her­itage Foun­da­tion of New­found­land and Labrador (HFNL) is now ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for the 2012 Fish­eries Her­itage Preser­va­tion Pro­gram.

This pro­vin­cial grant­ing pro­gram is de­signed to as­sist in the preser­va­tion of fish­eries-re­lated struc­tures through­out New­found­land and Labrador.

“The Fish­eries Her­itage Preser­va­tion Pro­gram has proven to be one of our most pop­u­lar and suc­cess­ful pro­grams. In­deed, the re­sults of the preser­va­tion pro­gram are very im­pres­sive,” said Ge­orge Chalker, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, HFNL.

“Tra­di­tional fish­eries build­ings have de­fined the look of our coastal com­mu­ni­ties. Sig­nif­i­cant in­shore fish­eries in­fra­struc­ture through­out the prov­ince, in­clud­ing flakes, stages, and fish­ing premises, are un­der threat. Much of this re­mark­able her­itage is be­ing lost with each pass­ing year, and much more of it is threat­ened. Once they van­ish, they can­not be re­placed.”

The Fish­eries Her­itage Preser­va­tion Pro­gram may pro­vide fund­ing to in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­ni­ties and non-profit groups to re­store stages, stores, net lofts and other build­ings as­so­ci­ated with the New­found­land and Labrador fish­ery. As­sis­tance will be pro­vided for the preser­va­tion and restora­tion of her­itage fea­tures us­ing orig­i­nal ma­te­ri­als.

Grants will be avail­able for up to $2,000 per prop­erty, or up to $10,000 for com­mu­nity-based projects in­volv­ing mul­ti­ple struc­tures. Pri­or­ity will be given to com­mu­ni­ties which have not re­ceived fish­eries her­itage fund­ing in the past.

The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions is Thurs­day, May 31.

For more, visit www. fish­eriesher­itage.ca or phone 1-888739-1892, ext.4.

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