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Manitoba announces preservation push of military monuments

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Manitoba announces preservation push of military monuments

WINNIPEG, MAN. — The Manitoba government has announced the latest round of projects that will use $60,000 from the Military Memorial Conservation Grant (MMCG) program to support conservation and maintenance of military memorials throughout the province.

The MMCG is supported by the Military Memorials Conservation Fund which was established in 2019 to provide grants toward war memorial conservation projects including statues, plaques and other tributes throughout Manitoba.

“We want to ensure these tributes to our veterans are preserved for the next generation, just as the peace and prosperity of our province was preserved through their efforts,” Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox said in a statement.

Applications were received from veterans’ organizations, municipalities and private groups looking to preserve and maintain Manitoba military memorials.  

The latest round of applications that will be supported are:

  • Belgian Veterans’ Association Royal Canadian Legion Branch 107 – $2,500 for plaque restoration at the Belgian War Memorial;
  • Dufferin Avenue Gang – $10,000 for the creation of memorial for 29 former Dufferin Avenue residents in Selkirk who served in the Second World War; 
  • Miami Parks Board – $3,000 for the installation of the Thompson War Memorial developed through previous MMCG funding;
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch 77 – $3,967 for the conservation and restoration of the Emerson Memorial;
  • Royal Canadian Legion Charleswood Branch 100 – $13,700 for the conservation of the Sherman tank;
  • R.M. of Brokenhead and Town of Beausejour – $5,990 to clean and restore the Garson War Memorial, adding a plaque to commemorate peacekeeping and create accessible path to monument;
  • R.M. of Brokenhead and Town of Beausejour – $10,137 to clean and restore the Tyndall War Memorial, adding a plaque to commemorate peacekeeping and create accessible path to monument;
  • Municipality of Emerson-Franklin – $9,133 to clean and restore the R.M. of Franklin War Memorial, replacing the concrete base and pathway leading up to monument; and
  • R.M. of Morris – $2,000 to repair and restore the Sperling cenotaph.

General information on the grant program is available here.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 15 each year and any individual, organization or business, including local governments, with an interest in preserving a military memorial may apply for funding, with the exception of the federal government or any provincial government body or organization reporting directly to a federal or provincial government body.

The program prioritizes conservation activities that are in accordance with The Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada, which establishes a consistent set of conservation principles and guidelines adopted by federal-provincial-territorial heritage agencies.

Applicants must fill out an assessment form describing the memorial and its current condition. Once an approved project is completed a final report must include photographs of the completed conservation work, a short written report of accomplishments, receipts showing project expenses have been paid and a Project Completion Report form which includes a final budget for the project. 

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