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Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation Provides Funding to Historic Commercial Hotel

Released on July 18, 2014

In celebration of Maple Creek’s annual Heritage Festival, the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation presented the Licadel Hotel Group with a cheque for $70,000 to help restore the community’s Commercial Hotel to its former glory.

Funding for the hotel was awarded after it was selected as a successful candidate for the Built Heritage Community Partnership Program.  The program, offered through the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation, helps preserve buildings that have been designated as Municipal or Provincial Heritage Properties in Saskatchewan.

“The Commercial Hotel shows how the structures of our past can better our communities today,” Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport Mark Docherty said.  “By preserving our history, providing places for cultural activity and contributing to the local economy, historic properties such as this one help revitalize our communities, strengthen our growing province and enhance our quality of life.”

“We would like to thank the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation for helping us restore our hotel,” Commercial Hotel partner Noy Lim said.  “They make the impossible - possible, the hard - easy, and most important, they make us feel we are not alone.”

The $70,000 was delivered to the community in two installments: $20,000 was awarded in 2013 to help replace the Commercial Hotel’s main level windows and entry door and $50,000 was awarded this year to assist in further restorations.

The Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation is a Crown agency administered through the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport.  Governed by a board of directors appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation provides grants to individuals, community groups, municipalities and corporations working to preserve Saskatchewan’s heritage.

Individuals may apply for one of two programs offered by the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation.  The Built Heritage Partnership Program provides funding to designated Municipal or Provincial Heritage Properties.  The On-site Research Partnership Program assists archaeologists and palaeontologists conducting original research in the province.  Applications for both programs are reviewed twice per year and must be postmarked no later than March 15 or September 1 to be considered.

The Government of Saskatchewan has also invested $16,000 in the Commercial Hotel through its Main Street Demonstration Program.  Launched in 2011, Main Street included the communities of Indian Head, Maple Creek, Prince Albert and Wolseley.  Over the past three years, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested $1.65 million in these communities and recently announced that Main Street will continue as an on-going program.

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For more information, contact:

Amanda Clark
Parks, Culture and Sport
Regina
Phone: 306-787-6880
Email: amanda.clark@gov.sk.ca

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