Pictured on April 8 in Mabou were (from the left): Inverness Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie; Jude Rankin, Cape Breton-Richmond MLA Michel Samson, Inverness Liberal candidate Bobby Morris, and Sara Rankin.

HALIFAX: The provincial government is supporting a local festival under in the Canada 150 fund.

Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, announced on April 6, that the province is boosting the Nova Scotia 150 Forward Fund by an additional $2 million. The new funding will support 132 projects across the province, enabling communities to host celebrations and commemorate significant historical events.

Among the local events receiving funding are: the Acadiaville Community Centre which will receive $1,000 for “Our Island Our Future”; the Rocky Bay Irish Club will get $14,250 for “The Irish of Rocky Bay”; the Cape Breton YMCA’s Port Hawkesbury branch will get $14,000 in funding for Canada Day celebrations of health and life in Nova Scotia; the Broad Cove Scottish Concert will get $14,000; the Inverness County Council of the Arts will receive $1,800 for cross-cultural storytelling sessions and a workshop; $49,999 will be going to the Mabou and District Community Development Association for the Mabou Ceilidh Days Festival; and the Margree Development Association will receive $6,000 for the Canada Day Literacy Festival.

“There has been incredible interest by community groups in Canada 150,” said Ince.

“I am excited that so many groups want to celebrate our cultural identity and diversity and remember our connections to Confederation.”

The 150 Forward Fund provides funding for organizations to plan activities that help Nova Scotians celebrate Canada 150. Events or programs need to honour a significant Nova Scotian person or achievement, celebrate our cultural identity and ethnic diversity, or commemorate Nova Scotian innovations over the past 150 years.

Other grant recipients will be announced at community events in the coming months.

“The demand and interest in 150 is a great illustration of how much Nova Scotians care about our culture and our history,” Ince said.

“These investments in community and cultural organizations are an important part of Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan.”

Other Canada 150 celebrations in Nova Scotia include Rendez-Vous 2017, which will see Tall Ships visit 10 communities across the province over the summer, and sail past Annapolis Royal.