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News Release - Manitoba

August 16, 2022


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$34 Million to Flow This Year to Support Community Initiatives: Smith

The Manitoba government is opening the 2022-23 intake of applications for the new Arts, Culture and Sport in Community (ACSC) fund, Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Andrew Smith announced today.

“Manitoba’s arts, culture and sport sectors are the backbone of our communities, and they support our provincial economy by creating jobs,” said Smith. “I am pleased to announce the first intake of the new Arts, Culture and Sport in Community (ACSC) fund, which will support the delivery of quality programming and facilities in communities throughout Manitoba.”

The new fund will provide grants to support the arts, culture (heritage, public libraries and ethnocultural organizations) and amateur sport sectors. It will include three programs, with funding guidelines varying among each of the programs to address different needs and provide support to a broad range of applicants’ eligible projects that will meet one or more of the program priority areas:

  • capital projects ­–organizations will be able to apply for up to $5 million, on a 50-50 cost-sharing basis, for large projects that support the development and renewal of spaces and facilities used for arts, culture, and sport programming and activities;
  • community celebrations – events, festivals and celebrations, both one-time and recurring, that promote cultural exchanges and are rooted in inclusion and belonging can receive full funding up to $5,000; and
  • small capital and special initiatives – projects in this stream can receive between 50 and 100 per cent of eligible expenses, depending on the project’s overall cost and will support initiatives such as organizational development opportunities, training, technology, volunteer and equipment development and those that will enhance the organization’s ability to increase participation and engagement in arts, culture or sport programming.

The programs allow local arts, culture and sport organizations to innovate and respond to emerging community needs, the minister noted. Applicants can submit an application under more than one stream if they are eligible and can also submit an application for both a small capital project and a special initiative under that program stream.

Application deadlines depend on the funding stream. For more information or to download application forms, visit

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