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THE community group that recently took ownership of the troubled Dalnavert Museum walked away with a major victory at city hall Monday.
Councillors on the protection and community services committee endorsed a request by Friends of Dalnavert Museum Inc. for the release of the 2014 and 2015 museum grants, totaling $41,496.
Friends spokeswoman Vanessa Warne said the funds are necessary for the museum's permanent reopening and regular operation.
Warne said the museum took part in last weekend's Doors Open Winnipeg event and attracted 1,701 visitors. She said Friends has come up with a new and ambitious business plan to ensure the viability of the museum -- and the civic grants are key to it.
"We came together as a group with a very specific purpose," Warne said. "We will have a very different set of priorities and a very different action plan going forward."
Dalnavert Museum closed in September 2013, when its former owners, the Manitoba Historical Society, said the Carlton Street attraction was not viable.
The Friends, a group of community heritage advocates, negotiated a deal to take ownership of the Victorian-era home of Sir Hugh John Macdonald, a former Manitoba premier and the son of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister.
"It's been a difficult road," Warne told the committee of the efforts to save the home built in 1895.
The committee had proposed redistributing the 2014 grant but it was overruled by council, which voted to set the funds aside in the event the rescue efforts proved successful.
Warne said the group needs funds to pay off its legal fees, repairs on the home recognized as both a provincial and national historic site, and start-up work, including promotional materials, a new website and hiring a manager and summer staff. "We have several reasons for optimism about a different Dalnavert going forward," Warne said.
The business plan includes private rentals for functions and wedding photo shoots, partnerships with other agencies and an endowment fund, she said, adding there will also be aggressive fundraising to support operating costs, community engagement and outreach.