Port Union's Coaker Foundation in nationwide crowdfunding contest

Published on July 14, 2017

Edith Samson of the Coaker Heritage Foundation in Port Union.

©Deanne Hiscock photo

PORT UNION-The Sir William Ford Coaker Heritage Foundation in Port Union is participating in the National Trust for Canada's 2017 This Place Matter's project.

The crowdfunding contest offers heritage foundations and groups the chance to raise money for restoration and conservation projects.

The Coaker Foundation is competing both in the eastern region contest, for $30,000, and for a national prize of $60,000.

People who donate financially during the contest will have each dollar donated count as one vote.

An additional prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the group that receives the most votes not tallied as donation votes.

Should it win the prize money, the Coaker Foundation plans to use it towards the restoration of a duplex building in Port Union into an arts centre.

Edith Samson of the Coaker Foundation said the facility would give young artists the chance to showcase their work, including multimedia projects such as film.

Samson also explained that the centre would include a workspace for artists to work on their craft.

The Coaker Foundation is a not-for-profit, registered charity that oversees the development of the Port Union National Historic District, founded by The Fisherman's Protective Union and Sir William Coaker.

Interestingly enough, Port Union is the only "union-built town" in North America, according to the National Trust of Canada.

You can vote here.

Voting is open until Monday, July 17.