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March 9, 2023

Manitoba Government Grants $323,000 to Support Community Celebrations

The Manitoba government has awarded $323,000 through the Community Celebrations program of the Arts, Culture and Sport in Community Fund to 67 community events across Manitoba, Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Obby Khan announced today.

“From winter and seasonal celebrations to feasts, fairs and festivals to cultural concerts and performances, community-based events offer Manitobans exciting opportunities to come together to celebrate their own heritage and experience their neighbours’ heritage,” said Khan. “Our government is proud to support community organizations through the Arts, Culture and Sport in Community Fund, so more Manitobans can access quality programming and facilities in their community.”

The minister noted department staff evaluated grant applications based on project goals and eligibility, feasibility, and community impact. In total, 67 events are receiving $323,000 in funding.

“At CMDCI, we are focused on improving the quality of the lives of Canadians living with disabilities, particularly those from ethnocultural and marginalized communities,” said Zephania Matanga, executive director, Canadian Multicultural Disability Centre Inc. “On March 25, through reconciliation we will focus on what unites us, and celebrate what the human spirit has and will continue to overcome.”

The $100-million Arts, Culture and Sport in Community Fund was established in August 2022 to support arts, culture (heritage, public libraries and ethnocultural organizations) and amateur sport.

Funding is distributed through three programs:

  • large capital projects;
  • small capital projects and special initiatives; and
  • community celebrations.

Applications for the Community Celebrations program are reviewed quarterly. The current intake is open until March 15.

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