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MHV Reacts To Grant

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The Executive Director of Mennonite Heritage Village says they can live with the grant decision by Steinbach city council Tuesday. The city will give the museum a grant of $50,000.00 this year which is two-thirds of what it had requested. Barry Dyck says that's fine.

"We are very grateful for the $50,000.00 that was granted to us by city council. Yes we had applied for $75,000.00 because there had been a precedent for a number of years of receiving that amount. We all know in 2012 we already were scaled back to $50,000.00 so to be held at the 2012 level is actually a good thing. Obviously others were not as fortunate."

He's referring to the fact that eight of the 12 organizations that requested grants got nothing. Dyck adds finances are always a struggle for museums.

"Someone asked me recently if the museum was prospering. My response was that no museums prosper and we are not prospering financially. I think we are holding our own."

Dyck acknowledges city council is in a tough position when it comes to spending as taxpayers have given it a mandate to be fiscally conservative. He notes it was nice to hear councillors acknowledge the value of the MHV.

"I was very happy to hear the perspective that came out Tuesday in the discussion around the table in terms of the value that city council places on Mennonite Heritage Village and its role in the community, both in terms of it being the key tourist destination in southeastern Manitoba as well as the important role that it plays in preserving our heritage."

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