Rejuvenating the city
By ANDREA FILMER ; Tuesday August 10, 2010 - THE STAR

THE second exercise of the George Town Grants Programme (GTGP) has been concluded with over RM876,000 awarded to 10 conservation and heritage projects.

Think City Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Federal Government’s investment arm Khazanah Nasional Bhd, announced the successful applicants yesterday in a press statement.

The applicants consist of six physical conservation projects and four cultural mapping projects related to physical conservation and urban rejuvenation within the state’s Unesco World Heritage Site.
The former involves the restoration of the Stewart Terraces (RM178,108), 100, Armenian Street (RM40,000), three shophouses (3, 5 and 7) on Cintra Street (RM51,000), 42, Muntri Street (RM63,520), 100, Cintra Street (RM81,700) and the conservation of the Chinese Gateway at 23, Love Lane (RM55,000).

Olden charm: A project to conserve the Chinese Gateway at 23, Love Lane, has been given RM55,000.

Under cultural mapping, Think City awarded the Penang Chinese Clan Council RM58,000 for the publication of the history of Chinese clan associations in Penang and RM122,000 to historian Dr Loh Wei Leng for the publication of a biographical dictionary of Penang Mercantile Personalities.

The firm also gave RM127,000 to Sympologic Sdn Bhd for sustainable documentation and dissemination of information on culture and heritage via the iGeorgeTown website ( and RM100,000 to the Penang Heritage Trust for the Sun Yat Sen heritage trail.

The applicants were chosen by the Think City board on six criteria — the project concerned being catalytic, using a building capacity via partnerships, possessing developmental elements, promoting cohesiveness among communities, being socially and economically sustainable and showing creativity and innovation.

This exercise was the second of three to be conducted this year.
The first, in the first quarter of the year, saw RM1.85mil in grants awarded to 18 parties.
The third and last round begins on Aug 23 and concludes on Sept 23.
Launched last December, the two-year GTGP programme is a RM20mil seed-funding initiative for urban rejuvenation projects within the George Town World Heritage Site.

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