2014 Fund applications filled with creative ideas

Jim Day
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The P.E.I. 2014 Inc. office has received roughly 400 applications for grants through the $5 million of the 2014 Fund.

Millions of dollars worth of creative ideas have been submitted to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference.

Roughly 400 applications have been made to the large and medium grants with the total amount greatly exceeding the $5 million value of the 2014 Fund, says Penny Walsh McGuire, executive director of the P.E.I. 2014 Inc.

Groups were given until Jan. 11 to apply for a large grant that fell between $25,001 and $250,000. The deadline for a medium grant of $2,015 to $25,000 was Feb. 15.

McGuire says the medium-sized applications tend to be locally focused community activities of a few days whereas the applications to the large grant category tend to be for projects involving major conferences, theatre productions, works of art, and environmental activities.

"There is strong representation from youth, women, and both the aboriginal community and the Acadian community for both the large and medium-sized categories,'' said Walsh McGuire.

"The creativity, diversity and quality of the projects is very impressive. Islanders from every demographic and across the province have certainly answered the call to help shape the celebrations in 2014.''

Walsh McGuire is confident applications for small grants that can run up to $2,014 will also draw a strong response.

Final decisions won't be made on the successful applications until after the small grant application deadline on March 15th.

"The projects approved will represent a balance between large, medium and small grant applications,'' said Walsh McGuire.

All applications will go through a stringent review process with approval hinging in large part on how well a proposal aligns with the P.E.I. 2014 Fund's goals and the impact on the province, its residents and visitors.

McGuire expects the winning applicants in all three levels of grants to be announced in May.

P.E.I. 2014 Inc. is facilitating the planning, promotion and implementation of the sesquicentennial of the Charlottetown Conference, which paved the way to Confederation.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • what's to celebrate?
    February 25, 2013 - 09:14

    While Harpo gives way the rights to the Tar Sands to the Chinese, we are now encouraged to celebrate the birth of a nation? Let's save out tax dollars.

  • Where's the PEI Citizens' Alliance?
    February 25, 2013 - 06:50

    While politicians cry austerity, who could possibly support squandering tax dollars on a party, be it for the celebration of colonialism or craziness? Historically, we're prone to do both. However, as long as there's an accountability mechanism in place (LOL) the distribution of many smaller grants makes more sense than something like Plan B that squanders millions of tax dollars on something Islanders neither need nor want. Let's hope the the PEI Citizens' Alliance reports back to us on this one. Who else will keep a close eye on who gets our tax dollars for doing, or not doing, something worthwhile?

  • Wayne
    February 24, 2013 - 13:42

    Beautiful day out today in Charlottetown. Lovely weekend all together. My family and I just left the outdoor rink at Founders Hall. Where is the funding for a simple outdoor rink. Terrible conditions. Lots of families there trying to make the ice work, yet the conditions were brutal. I'm not talking about providing bathroom facilities, or a canteen, or even lights for night time skating. I'm asking why one city worker can't run a hose for an hour in the evening time. Yet Clifford Lee gets his $10,000 government issued credit card maxed every month and the City pays that off without blinking an eye.

    • Dan J.
      February 25, 2013 - 09:45

      I agree with the simple request to keep the rink is usuable condition. I am curious about the mayor spending habits. How do you know about the credit card?

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    February 24, 2013 - 11:22

    How does spending more money that we do not have make sense to anyone?Those moneys would be better spent paying down our governments debt. My new grand daughter born a few days ago, upon taking her first breath, owed over $37,000. as her share of the Federal and Provincial debt. Ottawa is trying to bankrupt this province on purpose. To begin with our province cannot afford to feed the poor (we wouldn't need food banks to do governments job) or give someone adequate healthcare. Right now our healthcare system is at the mercy of the federal government. Our whole provincial economy is now at the mercy of the federal government. We started the big backslide when our political leaders were enticed into giving up our sovereignty by accepting the feds equalization scheme. This was a very big step down the road to tyranny. Our political leaders saw what they thought was free money and grabbed at it like a drug addict wanting their fix. Since equalization our province has had to make concessions yearly to Ottawa in return for staying on the federal tit. These concessions are why we no longer have the ability to rule over ourselves. May God have mercy on the leadership of the Liberal and Conservative parties.

    • Kill Bays
      February 24, 2013 - 12:53

      May god have mercy on you and your idiotic comments.

    • candrayo
      February 25, 2013 - 06:43

      Bill, I dont always agree with what you say, but I sure can appreciate someone voicing an opinion.... I always look forward to reading what you write! Whether I like it or not! But I tend to lean towards..."sounds like he is on to something there"

    • candrayo
      February 25, 2013 - 09:05

      I do not even know where to begin complaining when I read something like this. WTF....What are we coming to that we can view something like this as a good investment. In the military, we learned that we are only as strong as our weakest member. Is this concept lost on the powers that be? What do the "poor" have to do to be valued in our society over such things as this crap? Plant Tulips?

    • Good on you Bill, however . . .
      February 25, 2013 - 10:39

      Bill, your grand scheme narratives are great entertainment, but do they gain traction for actual change? That's why the Duffy debacle grabs people's attention more than debates about the efficacy of the Senate. That's why Plan B matters more than exposing systemic ineptitude and fraudulent behaviour. Yes, theory matters. But why deal in theory when there's so much concrete (pun intended) corruption to expose and dismantle? It's time to challenge false authority and reward real authority by naming names and identifying verifiable facts - be they positive or negative. Surely to God there's enough engaged truth seeking Islanders to do that, no?

  • pork barrel politics
    February 24, 2013 - 10:40

    2014 is nothing but an excuse for Charlottetown and Ottawa politicians to waste our tax dollars. Many Islanders and Canadians will find this 2014 nonsense to be an outrageous waste of money. Just as we were disgusted with Harper for the extravagant waste on celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 --- a war that had no clear winner! And now suddenly PEI is going to embrace celebrating the 150th anniversary of a drunken meeting held on a September weekend in 1864 -- a meeting whose primary recommendation was to form this country, only to see the host colony of PEI reject joining (until we were financially forced to 6 years later). Am I the only one who sees this 2014 plan as sheer lunacy????? Maybe once Ottawa and Charlottetown have balanced their budgets and recorded many years of surpluses and completely paid down the debts they have incurred collectively since the halcyon days of the 1860s and 1870s should we consider having a small celebration. Perhaps some cake and coffee over at Province House (if it's still standing).

  • Foolishness
    February 24, 2013 - 09:24

    I just can't understand where common sense has gone in this country . To waste this kind of taxpayers dollars on such a unnecessary event when both the province & federal goverments are both running in the RED & borrowing on our grand childern's future . I'm sure there is better way's to use this money . Maybe - just a thought - pay down some of our debt . Shame-Shame on the people that are making these decisions .