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September 26, 2014
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Seven projects approved under new Northside Windmill Enhancement Fund

Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development

Seven projects with a total value of more than $115,000 will help revitalize community infrastructure and provide economic growth in the Hermanville/Clearspring area, says Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development Ron MacKinley.

“The Northside Windmill Enhancement Fund is a first of its kind in our province and will benefit the Hermanville/Clearspring area through investments that support community infrastructure projects and local businesses in the region,” said Minister MacKinley. “These projects will allow community organizations and local businesses to expand and bring increased economic activity to the area.”

The PEI Energy Corporation has invested $125,000 per year for the next five years in the Northside Windmill Enhancement Fund. The fund is administered by the Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development with input from the Northside Windmill Enhancement Committee, a community-led group in the Hermanville/Clearspring area.

The Fund has two components – a community development component and a business growth component. Under the community development component, incorporated not-for-profit organizations can apply for funding for capital projects or initiatives which will improve their capacity as vibrant and healthy communities. The business growth component encourages eligible businesses to undertake new or expanded activities to grow their business and enhance economic development in the area.

The seven projects will be supported with a contribution of $79,000 through the Northside Windmill Enhancement Fund. The projects are:

• Chisel in Time will receive funds to purchase new construction equipment and implement a new marketing campaign.

• On the Fly PEI will receive funds to buy new fishing equipment used for guided fishing expeditions and for website design and promotional materials.

• Shipwreck Point Café will receive funds to construct a new outdoor deck to provide additional seating for the business.

• St. Margaret’s Hall Committee will receive funds for electrical, flooring and heating upgrades and the purchase of new kitchen and safety equipment for St. Margaret’s Community Centre.

• St. Margaret’s of Scotland Parish will receive funds for upgrades to the Pioneer Cemetery.

• Rock Barra Artist Retreat Co-operative will receive funds to upgrade the roof and install new windows at the arts centre.

• Selkirk Women’s Institute will receive funds for electrical and heating upgrades and the installation of screening around the deck.

“Through these investments, the Province of Prince Edward Island is making an investment in the future growth and sustainability of our Island communities,” said Minister MacKinley. “We will continue to support initiatives that enhance the quality of life for Islanders and promote economic development in our rural communities.”

Media Contact: April Gallant
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