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:

1588 Barrington Building Preservation Society

The Khyber Building (Halifax, NS)

About

The Turret Arts Space will be a multipurpose arts space in the heart of downtown Halifax. 1588 Barrignton Street, known as "The Khyber Building" was built in 1888 as the Church of England Institute. Since the 1970s, the building has been a community hub--housing a variety of arts and LGBTQ+ organizations such as the Atlantic Film Coop, Wormwood Cinema, The Turret Club and the Gay Alliance for Equality, and the Khyber Arts Society.

In 2015, the 1588 Barrington Building Preservation Society was formed with the intention of purchasing the Khyber Building from the Halifax Regional Municipality, renovating the building and creating an arts space.

1588 Barrington Building Preservation Society

J.B. Fletcher Restoration Society

J.B. Fletcher Museum (Ainsworth Hot Springs, BC)

About

The J.B. Fletcher Store, built in 1896, is a unique piece of BC history. Although there are many towns in the interior where commercial buildings and general stores from the 1890's have survived, there are only a handful with unaltered interiors. Most of the artifacts in the store are from its years of operation. J.B. Fletcher managed the store from 1913 until 1929 when he purchased it. He ran the store until 1972 and was known fondly as Pop Fletcher to those who frequented his mercantile.

His daughter, Mavis Stainer, created the J.B. Fletcher Restoration Society and spearheaded the group to preserve the building as a museum. Recently, the J.B. Fletcher Store has undergone a massive restoration thanks to the Built Heritage Grants provided by the Columbia Basin Trust through Heritage BC. Structural issues have been addressed and the museum is being returned to its original state. A visit to the store is truly a step back in time.

The J.B. Fletcher Store also proudly hosts a business, White Raven Emporium, and many local artisans. There are spectacular, unique handmade wares for sale in a variety of mediums.

J.B. Fletcher Restoration Society

Stephan G. Stephansson Icelandic Society

Historic Markerville, including the Creamery Museum, Fensala Hall, Markerville Lutheran Church, The Buttermaker's House, and Tindastoll Cemetery (Makerville, AB)

About

Established in 1974, the Stephan G. Stephansson Icelandic Society began its mission to preserve history in the tiny hamlet of Markerville (30 residents).

After the collaborative restoration completion of the Stephansson House Historic Site (Provincially owned & operated), the Society began its restoration of the Markerville Creamery in 1984, followed by Fensala Hall in 2006, Markerville Lutheran Church in 2009 & the pending restoration of the Buttermaker’s House to begin in the fall of 2019.

Historic Markerville is traditionally Icelandic and known for its historic sites, quaint, friendly atmosphere, family friendly events & the Kaffistofa (coffee shop) which serves Icelandic specialties & ice cream.

Visitors from across Alberta, Canada & Iceland enjoy the culture & history that the Stephan G. Stephansson Icelandic Society has preserved.

Stephan G. Stephansson Icelandic Society

Sydney Architectural Conservation Society

Red Brick Row (Sydney Mines, NS)

About

The Red Brick Row in Sydney Mines NS is one of the earliest surviving examples of worker housing in Canada, dating back to the early days of coal mining operations in Cape Breton.

The Sydney Architectural Conservation Society (SACS) in partnership with the Red Brick Row Development company and the Cape Breton University Tompkins Institute, are seeking to conserve the last three end units of Red Brick Row and see them rehabilitated in a way that brings the rich heritage and history to life while engaging the community it's use.

Sydney Architectural Conservation Society
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