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:

Port De Grave Peninsula Heritage Society Inc. (PDGPHS)

St Mark’s Church

Bareneed, NL

The Heritage Society assumed ownership of the deconsecrated St Mark’s Church and nearby schoolhouse in 2018. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between PDGPHS, Parks Canada (PC) and the Canadian Coast Guard Alumni Association (CCGAA) identifies the objective of establishing a marine interpretation center on the peninsula, with specific reference to St. Mark’s Church in Bareneed as the preferred site for the facility. Once completed, the new Centre will be the interpretive gateway to the Peninsula and to other Newfoundland and Labrador Lighthouse sites, providing an engaging emotional and enlightening story of Lighthouse keepers and their families and housing mobile exhibits that can be used as part of outreach activities with other partners to display throughout the province.

Formed in 1993, the Society’s mandate is to promote and guide the efforts to use the natural and cultural resources of the Peninsula as a positive component of community life, and to provide opportunities for economic development. Since 2016 the Society’s committed group of volunteers has been very active, focusing on a roster of projects including the acquisition of St. Mark’s Church and Schoolhouse and the Green Point Lighthouse. It successfully achieved designation of an 18.5 hectare land reserve at the point and is in the process of extending the size of the reserve. This plan represents the Society’s long term tourism plans and initiative.

Our coaches will work with the PDGPHS team to develop their business planning and capital campaign fundraising strategies for the establishment of the new marine interpretation center project in the former church building.

Port De Grave Peninsula Heritage Society Inc. (PDGPHS)

Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation

Julia Ann Walsh Heritage Center

Norris Point, NL

The Julia Ann Walsh Heritage Center (formerly the Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital) is owned and operated by The Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation. The Center is a community hub, and base for VOBB community radio station; the Norris Point Public Library; Norris Point International Hostel; Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Museum; a community kitchen; and physiotherapy, massage and chiropractic clinics.

The Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation (BBCHHC) is responsible for the ownership, direction and preservation of the Julia Ann Walsh Heritage Center. The BBCHHC is a not-for-profit community corporation whose mandate is the adaptive re-use of the Center for the preservation of local culture and heritage (including arts, crafts, music and oral history), the promotion of health and wellness, and community economic and social development.

Our coaches will work with the BBCHHC team to identify and prioritize fundraising strategies to help kick-start their capital campaign to build a new childcare centre.

Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation

Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society

Doukhobor Discovery Centre

Castlegar, BC

The Doukhobor Discovery Centre (DDC) is a traditional cultural museum of the Doukhobor peoples that allows visitors to see and experience how Doukhobors lived in communal village settings. The DDC sits on ten acres of land near the Columbia River, and holds two replicated Doukhobor doms (communal living buildings), an annex building containing additional exhibit rooms, and several other standalone buildings. It is also home to a growing archival project called the Doukhobor Archival and Research Centre (DARC).

The Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society is made of an all-volunteer based board containing six members. The Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society seeks to preserve and exhibit the historical cultural heritage and home industries of the Doukhobor peoples in a traditional communal setting.

Our coaches will work with the Society to identify and prioritize fundraising strategies to help kick-start their capital campaign for the new Doukhobor Archive and Research Centre (DARC).

Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society
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