Hensall Opera House earns $182K grant, more to come
HENSALL – The Hensall Opera House renovations received a big boost last week in the form of a federal grant for $182,700.
Municipality of Bluewater economic development officer Mark Cassidy made the announcement towards the conclusion of the regular council meeting May 20 in Varna.
The money is coming from the Legacy Fund, a federal fund that pays approved applicants up to 50 per cent of eligible expenses up to $500,000 for community capital projects.
About $40,000 has been collected through community fundraisers, and when contacted by the Times-Advocate last Friday to talk about the $182,700 grant, Cassidy announced there are additional grants pending, but he couldn’t get into the specifics because the contracts aren’t signed yet.
“We will have over $320,000 on hand for the project to begin,” Cassidy said. “There will be more costs, but the major structural elements are covered in that amount.”
Phase one, the structural part of the project, is financially covered now.
The first part of phase one will be the installation of an elevator, a six-week project starting in July and ending in August.
Logistically it makes sense to start with the elevator because it can perform double duty, bringing supplies and materials up to the second-floor opera hall.
By Terry Bridge, Exeter Times-Advocate, May 28, 2014