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September 15, 2010

MINISTER ACKNOWLEDGES COMMUNITY PLACES 25TH ANNIVERSARY, ANNOUNCES GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE MOVED TO DEC. 15



To support grant recipients in securing contractors for spring projects, Community Places Program applications are now being accepted until Dec. 15, Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced today.
 
“Community Places grants bring revitalization and employment throughout the province and ensure the maintenance of a variety of seniors’ centres, recreation and sporting facilities, child-care places and play structures,” said Irvin-Ross.  “All these structures are essential to providing a good quality of life in any community and I’m pleased to work with our community partners on these projects.”
 
Earlier this year, the government announced $4.5 million in Community Places funding to help build or upgrade community facilities.
 
Examples of Community Places projects approved in 2010 include:
·         $25,000 for the MA-MOW-WE-TAK Friendship Centre for construction of the new Thompson Friendship Centre;
·         $50,000 for the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre for green-space redevelopment and to replace the gym floor;
·         $15,000 for the Elmwood Curling Club for flooring, ceiling and lighting renovations; and 
·         $2,800 for the Kozy Korner Senior Centre in Portage La Prairie for new window replacements.
 
Since its inception 25 years ago, Community Places has provided more than $96 million in grants to support more than 6,200 community construction projects provincewide. These grants have leveraged an estimated $650 million in infrastructure improvements in both rural and urban communities.
 
During the past 25 years, Community Places has provided funding and planning assistance for nearly 10,000 applicants from non-profit community organizations. Eligible projects must provide sustainable recreational and wellness benefits to communities. Non-profit organizations can apply for assistance with critical building repairs, energy-saving initiatives and user-related improvements.
  
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, and donated labour and materials.
 
To receive a grant application or for more information on the Community Places Program, contact the Community Places Program office in Winnipeg at 945‑0502 or 1-800-894-3777, toll‑free; e-mail mcpp@gov.mb.ca; or visit www.gov.mb.ca/housing/cpp.
 
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