WINNIPEG, MAN. — The Government of Manitoba is providing $10 million in grants for 344 community development projects to restart the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The province is increasing investment by 25 per cent in its Building Sustainable Communities program developed to improve quality of life by responding to neighbourhood, municipal and regional priorities, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister stated in a press release.
“We are committed to supporting projects that will help build thriving, sustainable communities and a better future for Manitobans. These grants will help give community organizations a much-needed boost during this unprecedented time and this investment is another way our government is helping rebuild Manitoba’s economy,” Pallister said.
“We are boosting our support for community projects as we work together to rebuild the Manitoba economy. We know these have been challenging times for many Manitobans, but by working together, we will get through this,” added Municipal Relations Minister Rochelle Squires.
The $10 million investment is in support of $28 million in a wide variety of community projects, ranging from playground upgrades, community building repairs, accessibility upgrades, to sports equipment and outdoor amenities like nature trails, a government release stated.
The Building Sustainable Communities program provides grants to charitable and non-profit organizations, municipalities and Northern Affairs community councils and provides a maximum provincial contribution of up to 50 per cent of total eligible project costs to a maximum grant of $75,000.
“The Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) commends the Province of Manitoba for providing these timely investments to help build stronger communities. During a time of economic uncertainty and tremendous financial pressures due to COVID-19, the Building Sustainable Communities Program is vital to help promote greater economic development and thriving local communities across Manitoba,” AMM president Ralph Groening said.
In order to receive funding, organizations must comply with physical distancing requirements and practices related to the COVID-19 pandemic and organizations that cannot comply are invited to resubmit alternative project proposals supporting community development activities.
Specific projects will be announced in the coming days and weeks, the release stated.