Three Virden-area organizations will receive funding from the government of Manitoba for their economic development and enhancement projects.
- Southwest Business and Entrepreneur Expo was granted $10,000 under the Partner 4 Growth program. Tanis Chalmers, EDO for the RM of Pipestone, says the money will go towards the costs of running the second annual expo slated for Feb. 6, 2019 in Reston. She said, “Without sponsorship and funding, this event would not be possible.”The Partner 4 Growth program provides cost-shared grants to help communities strengthen their economic activity.
- Dennis County Development Partnership has been granted $16,000, also from Partner 4 Growth. Chalmers says the group hasn’t been told yet which of the projects they proposed will get the funding.
- Custom Creations, a Virden business, was given a Hometown Manitoba grant of $1,000 to make enhancements to its 7th Avenue storefront. Owner Bobbie Heaman said she wants to install new siding on the front of her craft and fabric store. The Hometown Manitoba program provides financial support to enhance main street public places and building exteriors.
Grants for other towns
In southwestern Manitoba, community projects in the towns of Hartney, Reston, Oak Lake and Melita also received approval for grants.
Last week, the Provincial government announced more than 100 community development grants totaling $848,000 for projects across Manitoba.