Community museums across the province are getting an additional $670,000 to help preserve and promote Nova Scotia’s heritage. The province’s 67 community museums receive a total of almost $1 million annually through the Community Museum Assistance Program. This year, each community museum will receive an additional one-time grant of $10,000. “Our heritage strategy identified a need for greater support for museums,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “These community museums, and the heritage workers and volunteers who operate them, tell the local stories that make up our unique and diverse heritage. I’m pleased to be able to provide this much-needed support.” The funding will be used to maintain infrastructure, refresh exhibits and support operations. Nova Scotia’s heritage strategy, A Treasured Past, A Precious Future, was released in February. The strategy outlines three broad directions and makes several recommendations specific to museums, including the development of an interpretive master plan. In addition to providing support for 67 community museums, the province also funds the Nova Scotia Museum’s 27 sites.