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This program provides financial support for rural and northern community projects initiated by local communities, organizations, co-operatives and businesses that enhance main street public places and building exteriors. The program also aims to promote unique identities and themes that define a community. Program objectives include:
Hometown Manitoba offers funding for three program components:
Hometown Meeting Places supports community projects that enhance main street areas and public places. Projects may include developing/upgrading/greening outdoor spaces and other enhancements to exterior public and non-profit facilities that are accessible to the general community. These may include outdoor spaces associated with parks, community gathering places, seniors and youth centres, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, schools, libraries, churches, museums, public administration buildings and other similar facilities. The project must have community support (a resolution or letter of support from the local council must accompany the application).
Hometown Main Streets Enhancements support projects that focus on upgrading the appearance of building exteriors, structures and exterior spaces in main street areas. Projects may include building facelifts/upgrading, new signage that reflects a community theme and landscaping enhancements. Individual projects must be part of an overall community enhancement initiative. Projects must be located in a public place within the main street area and help to advance a community theme or identity.
Hometown Tree Planting supports community greening initiatives for rural municipalities and town organizations. Eligible projects include parks, golf courses or entrances to communities and may not necessarily have to be located in the main street area. Trees must be purchased from a Manitoba based nursery.
Eligible applicants for each component include:
Hometown Meeting Places
Hometown Main Streets Enhancements
Hometown Tree Planting
Projects in all categories may involve local artists in public art projects such as building murals, permanent banners and sculptures, provided they are part of a broader project that supports a community identity, cultural, heritage or tourism theme.
Hometown Main Street Enhancements
Hometown Tree Planting
Other provincial government funding sources will be taken into account to ensure that the total amount of provincial support does not exceed the identified eligible maximums under the program. The only exception applies to projects where youth are involved where, in addition to Hometown Manitoba funding, the community or project proponent may also access provincial or federal youth employment programs such as Green Team Hometown, Environmental Youth Corps and Youth Serves Manitoba.
Eligible project costs for the program include:
Hometown Manitoba will not cover salaries, including those associated with design and architectural fees or projects that would fall under the category of regular municipal infrastructure, such as sewer and water installation and repair, street and sidewalk paving projects, ongoing maintenance and GST costs. Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development may approve all, or a portion of, the project(s) included in a community’s application or a lesser amount per project. Provincial contribution(s) are paid to the project applicant as reimbursement for approved and paid project costs.
Costs incurred before application approval are not eligible.
HOW TO APPLY
Submit your signed application form by mail, email or fax to:
Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
Box 190, 203 South Railway Street
Killarney, MB R0K 1G0
Detailed cost estimates and project funding must be shown to determine costs eligible for support and the ability of the applicant to complete the project. MAFRD staff can help advise applicants on their ideas and potential projects.
Application Form (PDF 59 KB)
December 15, 2015
WHO TO CONTACT
Paige McDougall, Program Administrator, 204-523-2194
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Download the complete list of approved projects (PDF 51 KB) from the Hometown Manitoba 2015 program.