WINNIPEG, MAN. – Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman announced recently nine city-owned community centres will receive funding for renovations through the city’s Community Centre Renovation Grant (CCRG) program.
The community centres receiving funding are Melrose Park, Dakota, Oxford Heights, Southdale Transcona East End, Tyndal Park, Varsity View, Weston Memorial and Winawaka, with a combined total of $407,209.03 in grant funding.
“Winnipeg’s population is growing and is projected to grow steadily and strongly well into the future. A growing population increases the need not only for new infrastructure, but also maintaining existing facilities and infrastructure across the city. Community centres play an integral part in building healthy and thriving communities, and it’s important to keep these existing assets up-to-date, safe, and accessible,” Bowman said in a statement.
“Increasing the maximum funding available per project allows community centres greater flexibility in addressing important infrastructure needs. I am pleased Council was able to support this program’s expansion as part of this budget,” Bowman added.
The City of Winnipeg’s budget, approved in March 2019, doubled the amount of capital funding available through the CCRG program, and a review is also underway to develop evaluation criteria for increasing maximum available funding per project from $50,000 to $100,000.
The program has two intake periods each year in March and October and March 2019 was the fifteenth application period for the program. Since the program’s inception, Winnipeg has invested $6,093,911.78 towards 157 different community centre application renovations across the city. Program funding is used for retrofits, repair, upgrades and safety improvements, and each community centre applicant is eligible for 100 per cent support of a project to a maximum of $50,000 per project per calendar year.