Grants awarded to worthwhile projects

Nearly $300,000 in grant money will benefit south-western communities including Souris, Melita, Reston, Deloraine, Pipestone and Hartney thanks to the Building Sustainable Communities program.

The Manitoba government will be providing more than $6 million in grants to support an additional 203 projects for municipalities, non-profit and community-led organizations across the province, Municipal Relations Minister Rochelle Squires announced November 12.

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“Our government is committed to building thriving communities that provide a high quality of life for Manitobans”, said Squires.  “The funding announced today has a focus on increasing our community capacity and promoting sustainability for our non-profit organizations.”

Earlier this year, the province announced the new $7.9-million Building Sustainable Communities Program would replace seven legacy grant programs that each had significant administration, rigid requirements and operated in silos.  The new program was designed to respond to local neighbourhood, municipal and regional priorities with a focus on increasing community capacity while promoting sustainability for non-profit organizations.

“The new Building Sustainable Communities Program can provide funding over a two-year period, which greatly reduces the amount of time spent on administrative work,” said Lynne Parker, executive director, ROK Central Inc.  “This allows more time to work directly with our participants to build valuable relationships which support skill development that helps families achieve improved physical, mental and emotional health and wellness, as well as a sense of community connectedness.”

Since 2017, the Manitoba government has funded 1,169 projects through community development grants totalling more than $19 million. Another application intake for the Building Sustainable Communities Program opens today, with an application deadline of January 15, the minister said.

Eligible applicants for the new Building Sustainable Communities Program include non-profit organizations, charitable organizations, municipalities, and northern affairs community councils.  The program will provide a maximum provincial contribution of up to 50 per cent of total eligible project costs to a maximum grant of $75,000.

For more information about the program, or to submit an application, visit

A list of grant recipients can be found at

Local grants include:

• Hartney - Fern Valley Recreation Commission: Whitewater Park $46,000

• Melita Fitness Centre Fitness Equipment: $3,174.

• Melita - Prairie Vision Arts Council Inc., Stage Lighting $5,257.

• Melita- Southwest Planning District Development Plan Review: $34,000.

• Town of Melita, Building an Accessible Communiplex: $75,000.

• Municipality of Deloraine Winchester, Community Digital Sign: $24,740.

• Municipality of Deloraine Winchester, Community Complex Hall: Dishwasher $5,637.

• Pipestone Lions Club, Pipestone Hall Repairs: $22,750.

• R.M. of Pipestone Roof Repair and Chair Purchase $14,862.

• Reston Memorial Theatre Board, Sustainability through Accessibility $30,354.

• Souris and Glenwood Agricultural Society, Fairground Upgrades $30,000.





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