For some time we have sensed a need to renew the Mennonite Heritage Village website (www.mhv.ca). As with many other MHV projects, a lack of available funds had been keeping this project on the back burner. This year we decided to raise its priority by applying for a number of grants to fund the project and then proceeding immediately with the project in the hope that the grantors would eventually decide in our favour.
Last week we were pleased to receive word that two grants have now been approved for our website renewal. One of the grants has been awarded to MHV by Loewen through the Employee Foundation of the VKR Group. Loewen is one of a group of companies owned by VKR in Denmark. For decades, the Loewen family have been significant supporters of Mennonite Heritage Village through their vision, leadership and financial support. While they no longer own the company, it is gratifying to see that the new owners espouse similar values to the ones modeled by the Loewens.
The second grant comes to us from the Steinbach Community Foundation Inc. This foundation seeks to provide financial assistance to a variety of community service organizations including those which are active in areas of the arts, culture and education. We are grateful for this vote of confidence from this local organization. Work on the website is underway, and we’re looking forward to unveiling our renewed web presence.