July 18, 2015
by Canadian Architect
The National Trust for Canada and the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society have announced the nine winners of This Lighthouse Matters who will be sharing a prize pool of $250,000. This first-of-its-kind competition gives Nova Scotia communities working to save their lighthouses a chance to win cash prizes, raise dollars through crowdfunding, and mobilize support from people across Canada.
Since the launch of This Lighthouse Matters on June 17, 2015—219,794 online votes have been cast by supporters far and wide for 26 lighthouse campaigns in three prize categories. Voting concluded on July 15, 2015.
Congratulations to the winners of This Lighthouse Matters cash prizes:
In first place: the high-tide prize of $75,000 went to the Low Point Lighthouse; the ebb-tide prize of $40,000 went to the Annapolis Lighthouse; and the low-tide prize of $15,000 went to Digby Pier Lighthouse.
In second place: the high-tide prize of $50,000 went to the Gabarus Lighthouse; the ebb-tide prize of $20,000 went to the Henry Island Lighthouse; and the low-tide prize of $10,000 went to Neil’s Harbour Lighthouse.
In third place: the high-tide prize of $25,000 went to the Cape Forchu Lighthouse; the ebb-tide prize of $10,000 went to the Sandy Point Lighthouse; and the low-tide prize of $5,000 went to the Battery Point Lighthouse.
The prize pool of $250,000 was assembled thanks to the generosity of many donors and the leadership of project champions—the Honourable Margaret McCain, the Honourable Myra Freeman, Jane Nicholson and the late Jalynn Bennett.
While the competition for prizes is complete, the excitement continues with the crowdfunding component of Lighthouse Matters, which has raised $20,633 to date, and continues until July 31, 2015. The National Trust for Canada has announced an exciting new incentive designed to galvanize the public’s continued support: $10,000 to match funds contributed to projects over the next two weeks. Money contributed to lighthouses that did not win a cash prize will be matched dollar to dollar. Funds contributed to projects that won a prize will be matched 50 cents on the dollar.
You can still help turn these icons of the past into beacons of the future! Learn more and make a contribution by visiting www.thislighthousematters.ca.
battery point lighthouse, winner of the third-place low-tide prize of $5,000