Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Classified Sites

Brandon Sun - PRINT EDITION

BFMAS sends revised funding proposal to feds

Strand Project volunteer Kevin Bertram braves the elements to place a supportive message on the marquee sign of the historic Strand Theatre in the Downtown HUB earlier this week. The Lieutenant Governor’s Winter Festival is underway.

SUBMITTED Enlarge Image

Strand Project volunteer Kevin Bertram braves the elements to place a supportive message on the marquee sign of the historic Strand Theatre in the Downtown HUB earlier this week. The Lieutenant Governor’s Winter Festival is underway.

The Brandon Folk, Music and Art Society has met its deadline to submit a revised funding proposal to the federal government for its Strand Theatre project.

Shandra MacNeill, artistic director with the BFMAS, said the $1.2-million funding application was sent via mail Thursday afternoon.

"The new business plan is all written and it has a considerably larger amount of information," she said. "We’re really happy with the way that it has turned out."

Renaissance Brandon imposed the Jan. 31 deadline in early December, as part of a new agreement with BFMAS, in an effort to keep momentum behind the project. The previous agreement required the society to actually secure government funding by December.

Renaissance Brandon said they would commit $374,000 to the theatre’s revitalization project, pending successful funding applications to the federal and provincial governments.

"It’s good news," said Renaissance Brandon board chair Shaun Cameron. "It gives them an opportunity to carry it through the channels they need to and hopefully it’s something that will be successful in the downtown for them and for the city in general."

Once the federal government receives the application, it is expected to take between four to six months before the BFMAS receives the results.

The Strand Theatre was built in 1917 and was refurbished into a movie theatre in 1930. The goal is to restore the building into a multi-use community performance and arts centre.

The project has been years in the making. BFMAS had previously submitted a $1.8-million funding application to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, but were rejected last March. They were invited to reapply with a revised business and fundraising plan.

"Once we got the feedback and took a look a little bit more closely at some of the other business plans submitted for projects of this kind, we realized that we had so much more information … and work that had been done that we hadn’t actually included in that application the first time … so we’re feeling pretty good about it," MacNeill said.

MacNeill said they did a new round of user consultations, which show at least 30 groups interested in using such a facility.

The Strand project’s fundraising committee is expected to kick off a campaign this spring.

» jaustin@brandonsun.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 1, 2013

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

The Brandon Folk, Music and Art Society has met its deadline to submit a revised funding proposal to the federal government for its Strand Theatre project.

Shandra MacNeill, artistic director with the BFMAS, said the $1.2-million funding application was sent via mail Thursday afternoon.

Please subscribe to view full article.

Already subscribed? Login to view full article.

Not yet a subscriber? Click here to sign up

The Brandon Folk, Music and Art Society has met its deadline to submit a revised funding proposal to the federal government for its Strand Theatre project.

Shandra MacNeill, artistic director with the BFMAS, said the $1.2-million funding application was sent via mail Thursday afternoon.

Subscription required to view full article.

A subscription to the Brandon Sun Newspaper is required to view this article. Please update your user information if you are already a newspaper subscriber.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
Sudden Surge: Flood of 2014
Opportunity Magazine — The Bakken
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media