This column doesn’t often get into detailed discussion about the finances of Mennonite Heritage Village. Perhaps it’s time we more fully inform our readers about our funding sources and special funding arrangements.
MHV has three basic sources of funding. In the past year 52 % of our income was earned from our various museum operations. These would include admissions, food sales, gift-shop sales and rental revenue. Admission sales are the membership and admission fees we generate from members and guests. Food sales include income from the Livery Barn Restaurant, Short Order Booth and catering. Rental revenue comes from individuals and organizations renting our facilities for meetings, banquets, wedding receptions, family gatherings and the like.
In the same time period 19% of our income came to us through government grants. We applied for and received various grants from both the federal and provincial governments for things like restoration projects, museum expansion and summer staffing. As a provincially appointed Signature Museum, we annually receive a program grant from the Government of Manitoba to support new initiatives at MHV. We were also fortunate to receive a number of municipal grants from the City of Steinbach and surrounding municipalities.
The remaining income, which last year amounted to 29% of the total, came to us through the generous donations of our friends and other supporters. This group of donors includes the MHV Auxiliary as well as charitable individuals and businesses who endorse our mission of preserving and telling the story of the Russian Mennonites. We are deeply grateful for all the generous donations we receive annually.