A grant of $65,000 from the Stout Trust is the latest donation to help fund the Cultural Facility Development Project.
The grant further strengthens the overall project and the commitment made by Council that it would proceed with the $6 million project if $4.5 million was secured in external grants.
Mayor Gary Kircher says over $1.8 million has already been raised and more is expected in 2018. This external funding adds to the $1.9m already allocated by Council if the project proceeds.
“We’ve received grants from several organisations including J W Christie, Alexander McMillan and Otago Community Trust as well as a grant of over $1 million from the Lottery Grants Board,” says Mr Kircher.
Community events have also raised money for the project, with the Forrester Laneway Long Lunch and the Unique Films competition and art auction, raising over $17,000.
The project, that will merge the Forrester Gallery, North Otago Museum and Waitaki District Archive into one facility, will provide a unique experience for visitors, combining artefacts, photographs, documents and other cultural heritage.
Two months ago new plans were unveiled for the entrance to the new facility. The entrance has been designed to capture the imagination of the public with a specially designed paved area from Thames Street and lead them into the new facility.
“This was an exciting development and we are now awaiting the more detailed plans which will help support funding applications we’ll make in 2018.”
“Both the external funders and the community fundraising events demonstrate the importance of this project. We would not have their support if they did not believe in its significance and we are very grateful for it.”
More information about the project can be found here: Cultural Facility Project