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:

Brandon Museum lnc.

Daly House Museum

Brandon, MB

Daly House is a large 2 ½ storey brick-veneer residence, bordered by a large, grassed yard to the north and several more modern homes to the south and set on a main street in a mixed-use area on the western edge of downtown Brandon. The house was built in 1882 for Thomas Mayne Daly, Brandon's first lawyer and mayor. Thomas M. Daly later became Manitoba's first federal cabinet minister and Canada's first juvenile court judge. The house features ltalianate architectural details and is designated a municipal heritage site. lt is the only pre-1900s building remaining on 18th Street in Brandon, Manitoba.

The mandate of Brandon Museum lnc. (Daly House Museum) is to stimulate an increased interest in the history and culture of Brandon and Manitoba with a primary but nonexclusive focus on the period of 1880 to '1920.

The mission of Daly House Museum is to act as the repository of the community's memories; a unique resource for researchers and educators, and to present a living history that both entertains and stimulates learning.

The Brandon Museum will participate in a group fundraising grant. Together with our coaches, they will explore fundraising and sponsorship strategies to help unlock the potential of their historic place.

Brandon Museum lnc.

Canadian Industrial Heritage Centre (CIHC)

Former site of Cockshutt Plow Company

Brantford, ON

Cockshutt Plow Company along with Massey Harris was one of two of the largest farm Implement manufactures in Canada, both located in Brantford. It was eventually bought by White Motor Co, and then closed in 1980. All that remains is the Time Keepers office and the portico.

The Canadian Industrial Heritage Centre is a not-for-profit registered charity dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Canada’s industrial heritage through research, publication, and exhibition, and events. We are the sole Canadian representative of the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage.

The CIHC is embarking an ambitious project to create a museum and performing arts center on the site of the Former site of Cockshutt Plow Company in Brantford, Ontario. Our coaches are working with the team in support of their project feasibility and business planning.

Canadian Industrial Heritage Centre (CIHC)

Lacombe & District Historical Society

Michener House & the Lacombe Blacksmith Shop

Lacombe, AB

We have two heritage sites that we own, preserve and operate: 1. Built in 1902, the Blacksmith Shop Museum is the oldest operational Blacksmith Shop in Alberta today. It is still located on the original site. Much of the original machinery in the blacksmith shop is in operating condition. 2. The Michener House was built in 1894 as the Village of Lacombe Methodist Church Parsonage. Today it is historically significant as the birthplace of Right Honourable Roland Michener, former Governor General of Canada, and as the parsonage of his father, Edward. The house is also historically significant as one of the oldest remaining buildings in Lacombe, and illustrates the important first phase of the town’s development. The Michener House is a modest example of typical turn-of-the-century frame building construction.

The Lacombe & District Historical Society, incorporated as a non-profit May 5, 1971, includes the entire region of Lacombe County – they engage visitors, both online and in person, to foster deeper understandings and promote the sharing of cultural and natural heritage. Even with the shutdowns, museums can act as an anchor in a storm; we have the ability to create unity & bring communities together by celebrating a sense of place and collective heritage. LDHS wishes to bring that shared heritage to the forefront by offering online resources for the community when they cannot visit in person, including virtual gallery tours of the heritage sites; educational resources and programming; guided digital experiences; and interactive audiovisual exhibits.

The Lacombe & District Historical Society will participate in a group fundraising grant. Together with our coaches, they will explore fundraising and sponsorship strategies to help unlock the potential of their historic place.

Lacombe & District Historical Society

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

Rosamond Woolen Company – Annex

Almonte, ON

The Rosamond Woolen Mill was designated a national historic site of Canada in 1986 because it was one of the largest, most progressive mills in Canada and the main building’s nearly flat roof, stair tower and fenestration are characteristic of late 19th-century textile mills in Canada.

The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum conserves the story of the Mississippi Valley and Canada’s industrial textile heritage through the presentation, interpretation and appreciation of this heritage and contemporary textile and textile themed art and programmes.

The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum will participate in a group fundraising grant. Together with our coaches, they will explore fundraising and sponsorship strategies to help unlock the potential of their historic place.

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

The Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society

The Outlet (Port Coquitlam’s old post office building)

Port Coquitlam, BC

The old post office is a single story red brick building located next to our City Hall. It was renovated in 2006, renamed the Outlet, and now is home to an artist’s workroom and display area as well as our museum and archives.

The Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society (PoCo Heritage)’s mandate is to preserve the history and culture of Port Coquitlam. It operates the only museum and archives in the city and provides exhibits, events and educational programming to the community.

The Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society will participate in a group fundraising grant. Together with our coaches, they will explore fundraising and sponsorship strategies to help unlock the potential of their historic place.

The Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society

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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