Coaching Grants

Congratulations to our most recent Launch Pad coaching grant recipients!

Through the generous support of donors, the National Trust’s Launch Pad Coaching Grants give community organizations up to 14 hours of direct coaching time with a team of seasoned professionals. Together, we find solutions to unlock the potential of their historic places.
Our coaches look forward to working with:

Merrickville Blockhouse National Historic Site

Merrickville and District Historical Society

Merrickville, ON

Located on the grounds of the Merrickville Lockstation in the heart of the Village of Merrickville-Wolford, the Merrickville Blockhouse, built in 1832, is the largest of four blockhouses built along the Rideau Canada. Designated a National Historic Site in 1939, it represents one of the best examples of a structure associated with the defence of Canada against possible American invasion from the early 19th century. Today, the Merrickville Blockhouse Museum interprets the history of the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Blockhouse and the local area.

Established in 1966, the Merrickville and District Historical Society is a volunteer-run local community organization that creates, fosters and maintains interest in the history and heritage of Merrickville-Wolford and the surrounding area. It was a key partner in the preservation of the Merrickville Blockhouse in the 1960s and since that time has operated the Blockhouse Museum inside this historic structure.

Merrickville Blockhouse National Historic Site

The Canadian Energy Museum

Leduc/Devon Oilfield Historical Society

Devon, AB

Governed by the Leduc/Devon Oilfield Historical Society, The Canadian Energy Museum: Home of Leduc #1 (CEM) shares the unique history and heritage of energy in Alberta and Canada. Through engaging and dynamic programming, exhibits, and events, the museum endeavors to share stories of science and technology, innovation, and people involved in the energy sector. The National Trust will work with Leduc/Devon Oilfield Historical Society on strategies to build a fundraising program for the future sustainability of the CEM.

The museum, near Devon, AB, shares its location with the historic Leduc #1 wellhead and, as of 2020, the original 1947 steel conventional drilling rig. The massive Leduc #1 oil strike changed the face of oil production and sales in Alberta and Canada, producing 317 000 barrels of crude oil and 323 million cubic feet of natural gas between 1947 and 1974. As the Canadian energy landscape continues to change, the CEM aims to further exhibit the great variety of energy resources and sciences used throughout the country, including solar, water, wind, and bio energy!

"The Launchpad Coaching Grant program has given our organization an incredible opportunity to learn, grow, share, and collaborate with an experienced team. Our coaches were accepting and encouraging, showing us ways to promote our unique facility and make donors, old and new, feel appreciated and invested in our success."
–Stephanie Huolt, Executive Director

The Canadian Energy Museum

LeGros House

Nature Conservancy of Canada & Barachois and Area Development Committee

Percé, QC

Located between Percé and Gaspé on Pointe Sainte-Pierre, the Maison LeGros testifies to the legacy of the sailors from the Island of Jersey and their families that settled in the area in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada leads and inspires everyone to join us in creating a legacy for future generations by conserving important natural areas and biological diversity across all regions of Canada.

The Barachois and Area Development Committee’s mission is to develop the communities of Barachois and surrounding areas, to engage the community, to provide a quality of life, to ensure accessibility for seniors, to attract young families with children in order to continue the viability of the area, to revitalize the business scene, to promote the artistic endeavors of the residents of the community, and to share the incredible beauty of this area with the world.

In collaboration with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Barachois and Area Development Committee, this Launch Pad coaching grant will focus on identifying a viable new use that will support the regeneration of this important site.

LeGros House

Sunshine Valley Tashme Museum

Tashme Historical Society

Hope, British Columbia

The Tashme Museum in Hope, British Columbia is a former Japanese Canadian internment camp with a devoted and passionate community of volunteers and supporters.

Tashme was Canada’s largest of 10 Internment camps and 7 official self-supporting sites Japanese Canadians were forcibly relocated to during WWII. The camp was established on a privately owned dairy farm 14 miles east of Hope, located in an isolated narrow valley and surrounded by high mountains. It was a primitive yet thriving community with amenities of a small village and home to 2644 persons at its peak from September 1942 until it was closed and dismantled in October 1946. In August 2016, to honour and share the story of Tashme, the Sunshine Valley Tashme Museum was established in the original Tashme butcher shop. With 2000 square feet of exhibit area, artifacts and displays, it also showcases a historic replica “shack” which brings you back to the time of Tashme for an authentic look into daily life.

“The coaching sessions opened our eyes to the importance of having a strong communications strategy as a foundation to forming and expanding our relationships with the public, our partners and, in particular, with our donors.”
–Howard Shimokura, Sunshine Valley Tashme Museum

Sunshine Valley Tashme Museum