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Press Release –
August 21, 2014
Manitoba’s expanded Partner 4 Growth grant program will provide approximately $260,000 to support 32 regional economic development initiatives, Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced today.
“By working together, Manitoba’s communities are exploring new and unique economic opportunities and we are proud to support this process,” said Minister Kostyshyn. “Dedicated community leaders are looking at the bigger picture, learning what will have the greatest benefits for everyone in the region and then using the Partner 4 Growth grants to help that plan become a reality.”
Fourteen grants of up to $8,000 will be provided to help communities identify regional development projects and undertake feasibility studies. Eighteen grants of up to $15,000 will help complete the projects that will have a positive impact on the region.
“Partner 4 Growth grants help to provide meaningful economic development support to municipalities,” said Doug Dobrowolski, president, Association of Manitoba Municipalities. “Along with contributions from our members, these resources will fund some exciting and diverse regional projects.”
To be eligible, all projects had to be regionally focused and involve more than one local government. These grants are cost-shared with the community, with government funding not to exceed 50 per cent of total project costs. As a result, Minister Kostyshyn noted the provincial investment has leveraged nearly $670,000 in support for these projects from other sources.
Examples of funded projects include:
Earlier this year, Minister Kostyshyn announced the grant program would be doubled to $260,000 to ensure more communities and regional projects benefit from the funding.
A complete list of Partner 4 Growth grants awarded this year and more information about the program is available at www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/rural-communities/economic-development/index.html.
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