MILFORD: The volunteer-run Milford Recreation Association is one of 35 community projects across N.S. receiving an investment totalling $858,000 from the province.
On July 16, N.S. announced the funding that will improve existing cultural and community facilities to ensure safe spaces where people can gather, celebrate and connect.
The projects include improvements to the community hall in Milford.
The Milford Recreation Association will receive $42,400 to upgrade the hall’s energy efficiency with new heat pumps, windows and lighting.
“At the heart of every community are places where people can gather safely to celebrate Nova Scotia’s rich cultural heritage,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Suzanne Lohnes-Croft. “All Nova Scotians need facilities in their communities where they are safe and comfortable and that are welcoming, foster community pride and build stronger connections.”
The community-led projects are supported through the Community Facilities Improvement Program (CFIP), which focuses on repairing and improving existing building exteriors and interior features.
“The Milford Recreation Association believes all community members should have a space to safely gather. Our hall hosts everything from blood donation clinics to community meals to music events. We are thrilled to receive this funding, which will make it more affordable to operate the hall while addressing energy efficiency.”
– Colleen Smith, vice-president, Milford Recreation Association
— the province approved 35 applications by registered not-for-profit organizations across the province which operate primarily for community or cultural benefit, or promote diversity
— the purpose of the CFIP is to improve the functionality and address long-term sustainability of facilities; enhance public use and participation in activities and programs at facilities; and support community facilities to better celebrate and showcase Nova Scotia’s culture, heritage and diversity
— the department also funds community infrastructure through a variety of other programs, including the Recreation Facility Development grant program, the Legion Capital Assistance Program and the community and small business ACCESS-Ability grant programs
A list of the projects receiving CFIP funding in 2021-22 is available at: https://cch.novascotia.ca/investing-in-our-future/community-facilities-improvement-program
Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan: https://novascotia.ca/culture/Culture-Action-Plan–English.pdf