Province announces funding for more than 120 community development projects
The Manitoba government will provide more than $848,000 in grants to community development projects across the province, including several in Portage la Prairie.
Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton and Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires, the minister responsible for the status of women made the announcement today.
“We are continuing to invest funds in programs and local infrastructure that make a difference in our communities,” said Wharton. “Our government is proud to support projects and community-led non-profit organizations that improve the well-being of residents in Winnipeg’s neighbourhoods and communities across the province.”
The province has committed more than $20 million in 2018-19 to support community development projects. This year’s application intake also placed an emphasis on projects that support women’s safety and help reduce rates of violence against women. A total of $230,372 was invested in five projects supporting women’s safety from the Neighbourhoods Alive! program.
“As part of our government’s ongoing commitment to support survivors, I am pleased Neighbourhoods Alive! placed an emphasis on applications that support women in vulnerable situations and enable women’s empowerment,” said Squires. “We know that when a woman is empowered, positive change occurs within her, her family and her community.”
Neighbourhoods Alive! supports and encourages revitalization efforts in designated neighbourhoods across Manitoba in a number of key areas including employment and training; education and recreation, safety and crime prevention, and housing and physical improvements.
This year, 19 community-driven projects were funded under this program.
Locally, Recreation Opportunities for Kids and Busy Bodies, Healthy Bodies received funding.
Ten projects were approved through the Partner 4 Growth program, which provides cost-shared funding for regions to identify and pursue economic development opportunities and help communities strengthen or diversify economic activity. No funding under the Partner 4 Growth program was identified for this area.
Another 91 projects were funded through the Hometown Manitoba program, which provides financial support for rural and northern projects led by local communities, organizations, co-operatives and businesses to enhance main street public places and building exteriors.
The following projects are receiving funding from Hometown Manitoba: Adam Lee Financial, Erik Lee Chiropractic and Salon, Olina Bridals and Flowers, Olina Fashions and Olina Jewels Inc. will each receive $1,000 for storefront enhancements. Portage la Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation will receive $438 for signage.
More information on these and other grant programs offered by the Manitoba government can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/mr/index.html.