SYDNEY: The provincial government confirmed an investment of more than $900,000 to improve community halls and other public spaces.

This includes 14 Cape Breton projects that total more than $388,000 announced in Sydney on August 9 by Municipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine. The projects are funded through the Community Facilities Improvement Program.

Among the Strait area recipients, the Broad Cove Scottish Concert is receiving $33,000 for the completion of the community stage facility.

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St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Mabou will receive $25,000 to increase energy efficiency by replacing the roof and doors.

The Friends of Notre Dame de l’Assomption  in Arichat was approved for $23,000 for renovations to meet safety codes.

The Louisdale Lions Club will receive $40,000 for renovations and upgrades.

The Rocky Bay Irish Club was cleared to get $15,000 for upgrades to the hall electrical system, as well as to the floor and roof.

“Nova Scotia’s diverse cultural heritage is found within its communities, its people, and its buildings…” said Mombourquette. “Government recognizes that it is important to support these communities to keep them active, strong and vibrant.”

The Community Facilities Improvement Program will fund up to 75 per cent of actual project costs, to a maximum of $50,000, for non-profit groups to improve their facilities and public spaces.

These investments are tied to Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan and support the outcomes in the strategy. Other projects funded through the facilities program will be announced later.

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A St. FX graduate and native of Arichat, Jake Boudrot has been the editor of The Reporter since 2001. He currently lives on Isle Madame.