The Winnipeg Foundation has granted half a million dollars in support of a major space upgrade project at the Manitoba Museum.
Foundation CEO Rick Frost made the announcement in the Museum’s Alloway Hall this morning, along with the other project funding partners: The Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, part of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
“The Foundation is extremely pleased to support this project, which enables the Museum to bring top-notch educational exhibits to Winnipeggers,” Frost said at the announcement.
“It is significant that Alloway Hall is named for our founder, William Forbes Alloway. His generosity and foresight continues to inspire our donors, who make this support possible.”
The Manitoba government is providing $3.8 million to support the project, the Honourable Ron Lemieux, Manitoba’s Minister of Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer protection said at the event. Canadian Heritage is investing $1 million into the major renovation; the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, was also part of this morning’s announcement.
The expansion project – due to be completed by the end of 2016 – will see Alloway Hall nearly double in size to more than 9,700 sq ft, providing greater capacity to bring world-class touring exhibits to the province. The improvements also include upgrades to heating and cooling systems, lighting and sound, and security systems. This project is the first phase in the Museum’s major Capital Renewal Plan.
Photos by LuAnn Lovlin
The Winnipeg Foundation, Canada’s first community foundation, was established in 1921. Built by people from all walks of life, the Foundation pools and invests gifts entrusted to it in order to generate grants that benefit a variety of local charitable needs.
Manitoba Museum is one of more than 170 charitable organizations that has an Agency Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation. An Agency Fund provides a sustainable source of income for a charity. Click here to learn more about organizations with agency funds.