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Paulette Soloman, CEO of the Prince Edward Island 2014 Incorporated, says the vision for the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference is to create a yearlong celebration in 2014 of fantastic, inspiring events.
The 2014 celebration group is getting ready to announce details of funding for the year that marks the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference.
Paulette Solomon, CEO of P.E.I. 2014 Inc. gave an outline and update Monday to 20 members of the Charlottetown Downtown Residents Association.
In May, The Guardian reported on a leaked document that said there will be $75 million available to mark 2014.
That amount is not correct, said Solomon.
"It is considerably less than what you might have heard," she said. "We don't have the final budget yet because we are still working on generating the funds.
"Everybody who has dollars, we are going after them," said Solomon.
She did say how the fund will work.
"The 2014 fund will be a cost-shared funding program," she said. "We will be announcing the details in a few weeks. We are just putting the finishing touches on those."
The announcement will be followed by a media blitz that few will miss, she said. There will be television, newspaper and radio ads, social media and 11 community workshops across the province this fall.
"We are very excited about it," said Solomon. "People can come and learn first hand about the fund and how to apply for it."
There will be a 1-800 phone number offering guidance to walk through the application process.
The www.pei2014.ca web site will have sample budget documents and other guides explaining the fund.
"It will be open to not-for-profit groups such as community organizations, municipalities, sports organizations, school organizations, libraries, festivals and events, arts and cultural, all kinds of organizations.
"We will support up to a certain percentage and those groups will be expected to provide the balance of support."
It will not be for big capital projects, she said, but to the contrary they may be funding for planting heritage gardens or small projects.
"What I say to community groups is think about what your assets are, what you have and what you really hold dear in your community and let that guide your vision for what it is you would like to set as your goal for 2014," said Soloman
The oganization is trying to put the P.E.I. event on the national map, especially as a reminder to get ready for the 150th anniversary of the founding of Canada.
"A big success would be that we are recognized nationally as a kickoff to 2017," said Solomon.
The 2014 organization wants the main legacy to be a great idea that will emerge somewhere from the year of events.
"We also want to make sure we generate economic activity," said Solomon.
"It's important to us that Islanders and Canadians feel proud of what was done that year," she said. "We hope that we reach every Islander that wants to be reached, that everyone will be able to say 'I was able to experience something in my community, I was able to experience something that meant something to me.' "