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Cowichan Theatre improvements funded by $80,000 grant

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A Canadian Heritage Grant of $79,195 from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund has been awarded to the Cowichan Theatre.

This is the first time the Cowichan Theatre has submitted an application for this grant. A highly competitive national program, the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund fields requests from theatres across the country plus non-profit arts and heritage organizations, provincial/territorial governments, municipal and regional governments, as well as First Nations and Inuit equivalent governments.

“I am so pleased the application was approved, especially considering the intense competition for these funds,” said Kirsten Schrader, manager of the Arts and Culture Division, and manager of the Cowichan Theatre, in a press release.

“Receiving this grant saves the local taxpayers this substantial amount of money for much-needed equipment and building repairs, and as taxpayers ourselves, that really matters to all of us.”

The projects covered include safety renovations to the loading dock of the Island Savings Centre, completion of the theatre fly system, and a stage-level washroom.

The program will finance 50% of eligible project expenses for construction and/or renovations. As the average approved contribution level is 37%, this grant was awarded at the highest level possible.

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