Work continues on the Brandon Folk, Music and Art Society’s funding proposal for its Strand Theatre restoration project.
The group submitted the $1.2-million revised proposal Jan. 31 to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, a deadline imposed by Renaissance Brandon.
After it was submitted, some additional material was requested by the regional office in Winnipeg, according to Shandra MacNeill, artistic director with BFMAS.
“They take a look at it and assess it, and if there’s any additional information or clarification on the information that you submitted, they ask for a couple of extra pages,” MacNeill said. “We had a meeting with them where we went over what they found.”
MacNeill said it’s all part of the process, and stressed it is not a rejection of their proposal.
“It is nothing very substantial, and we’re right on top of it,” she said, adding the Cultural Spaces representatives have been “very encouraging and helpful in making sure that we have the best application we can possibly move forward.
“That would indicate to me that they believe the project can be found acceptable for this programming grant, so we’re looking forward to moving it along.”
It was expected that once the government received the application, it would take four to six months before a decision was made.
MacNeill said they are still within that timeline.
A regional representative with the Cultural Spaces Fund could not be reached Monday to comment on the proposal.
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 it would commit $374,000 to the theatre’s revitalization project, pending successful funding applications to the federal and provincial governments.
Shaun Cameron, chair of Renaissance Brandon, said the organization recently inquired with BFMAS about any issues with the proposal.
“They noted to us that it was still moving forward and that they were going through the process at their end,” Cameron said. “We’re bound by the contract, until we know otherwise.”
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.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 2, 2013