The curtain continues to rise at The Grand Theatre after the federal government contributed a $267,000 grant toward physical improvements to the 112-year-old facility.
Awarded through the Department of Heritage as part of the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF), the announcement was made by London North Centre MP Susan Truppe during the theatre’s opening night festivities on Friday (Oct. 18). The CCSF seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. The fund is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.
“The Grand Theatre is a dynamic player in our community’s cultural life,” said Truppe said. “Today’s investment will help make this professional arts space more accessible and efficient. I look forward to seeing the results of these improvements, which will enhance the theatre experience for both audiences and artists.”
The funds will be used to improve the energy efficiency of the building’s lighting and communication systems, ensure the Grand Theatre continues to meet health and safety standards for performers, and improve outreach for local professional arts groups through a new digital marquee.
Ron Koudys, the Grand’s board president, described said the grant as integral to the fundraising initiatives of not-for-profits.
“This support will allow us to continue with investments in the capacity and energy efficiencies in safety and communication at our theatre,” Koudys said. “This type of support provides the critical foundation that allows us to leverage matching funds to complete necessary capital improvements to our buildings.”