The province will help revitalize communities and improve recreational opportunities in towns and cities throughout Manitoba under the 2013 Community Places Program, Premier Greg Selinger announced Monday.
"In 2012, more than 270 non-profit community groups were able to create or upgrade local recreational, wellness or cultural facilities for Manitoba families as a result of Community Places grants," Selinger said.
"Gathering places such as seniors’ centres, playgrounds and hockey rinks play an important role in enhancing the quality of life families have come to enjoy in communities throughout our province."
The Community Places Program provides funding and planning assistance to non-profit community organizations for facility construction, upgrading, expansion or acquisition projects.
Eligible projects are those that provide sustainable recreation and wellness benefits to communities.
Eligible projects can receive up to 50 per cent of the first $15,000 of total project costs and up to one-third of costs over that amount; the maximum grant is $50,000.
Applicants must contribute to project costs by providing additional resources from local fundraising, grants from local governments and other sources, or donated labour and materials.
Examples of Community Places Program projects approved in 2012 include:
• A playground development project for the Ryerson Association of Parents and Teachers;
• Renovations to the Manitoba Farmers with Disabilities’ building in Elm Creek;
• Stage lighting upgrades for the Pinawa Players;
• A wind-power electric turbine for Selkirk’s Manitoba Paddling Association;
• Support to Opasquia Agricultural Society’s redevelopment project for The Pas and District Exhibition Grounds;
• Kitchen renovations for the Waterhen Community Council;
• Support to the Oak Lake Beach Playground Committee for construction of a natural playground;
• Support to the Friends of Living Prairie Museum for construction of an outdoor education shelter; and
• Upgrades to the Building Urban Industries for Local Development’s HVAC system.
Since its inception, Community Places has provided more than $104.3 million in grants to support more than 6,815 community construction projects provincewide, the premier said, adding these grants have leveraged an estimated $651.7 million in infrastructure improvements in both rural and urban communities.
Community Places has provided funding and planning assistance for 10,706 applicants from non-profit community organizations.
Grant applications under the 2013 Community Places Program are now being accepted until Dec. 15.
To receive a grant application or for more information, contact the Community Places Program office in Winnipeg at 204-945 0502 or 1-800-894-3777 (toll-free), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website: manitoba.ca/housing/cpp.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 2, 2012