The Manitoba government is providing $10 million in grants to support 344 projects for community development projects as part of restarting the provincial economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Brian Pallister has announced.

“We are committed to supporting projects that will help build thriving, sustainable communities and a better future for Manitobans,” said Pallister. “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.”

The premier noted the Manitoba government is increasing this year’s investment by 25 per cent in the Building Sustainable Communities program, which was developed to help provide a high quality of life for Manitobans by responding to neighbourhood, municipal and regional priorities.

“We are boosting our support for community projects as we work together to rebuild the Manitoba economy,” said Municipal Relations Minister Rochelle Squires. “We know these have been challenging times for many Manitobans, but by working together, we will get through this.”

The Manitoba government’s investment of $10 million will support an investment of over $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.

“The Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) commends the Province of Manitoba for providing these timely investments to help build stronger communities,” said Ralph Groening, president, AMM. “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.”

Specific projects will be announced in the coming days and weeks.

The Building Sustainable Communities program provides grants to non-profit and charitable organizations, municipalities, and Northern Affairs community councils. The program provides a maximum provincial contribution of up to 50 per cent of total eligible project costs to a maximum grant of $75,000.

To receive funding, organizations must comply with physical distancing requirements and practices for the pandemic as directed by the chief provincial public health officer. Organizations that cannot comply with public health orders will be invited to resubmit alternative project proposals that support community development activities.

For more information about the program, visit www.manitobago.ca.

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