Summerland Museum receives grant for fundraising work

Summerland Museum receives grant for fundraising work

Money provided through B.C. Rural Dividend Program

The Summerland Museum has received a grant to hire a fundraising consultant and develop a fundraising plan for the next five years.

The grant of $9,913 came from the B.C. Rural Dividend Program.

Claire Macdonald, administrator of the Summerland Museum, said some of the grant funding will also be used to start some fundraising activities.

At present, the museum receives around $40,000 annually from the municipality.

In addition, the museum has received around $15,000 a year from community gaming grant funding.

Funds are also given through Young Canada Works to allow the museum to hire a summer student each summer.

While this money is appreciated, Macdonald said much more is needed for the museum’s daily operational needs.

“We don’t have enough to cover all our expenses,” she said. “We would need at least double this amount.”

Research requests alone take considerable staff time, she said.

In addition, the museum is working to maintain professional standards for the artefacts in its collection.

The museum’s next fundraising event is Appraisal Day, which will be held Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Peter and Marian Blundell, appraisers from Vernon, will be at the museum that day to provide consultations about antiques.

Museum patrons may bring up to three items for a 15-minute appraisal. The cost is $45 for museum members and $50 for non-members. Advance registration is required. To register, call the museum at 250-494-9395.

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