The Cooperative Promotion Board (CPB) role is to promote, assist and encourage the co-op movement in Manitoba by way of small grants. The CPB draws on two funds to provide small grants (< $5,000) for a variety of activities. A General Account Fund supports the promotion and development of co-op organizations and the promotion of the general welfare of co-op organizations. The Commercial Fishing Account Fund is available exclusively to promote and develop commercial fishing co-ops in the Province. CPB operates under the terms of The Cooperative Promotion Trust Act which came into force on December 20, 1988. Members of the CPB are appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council. Currently, the CPB governance includes four representatives to their board.
Individuals, groups or co-ops interested in promoting or developing co-op enterprise in Manitoba may submit applications. For the 2015 year, the board will put priority on two key areas of focus when assessing grant applications. The board will review the key focus areas on an annual basis to ensure that the board is in step with the needs of the co-operative community.
As an example, projects may include but are not limited to:
As an example projects may include but are not limited to:
The CPB next in-take deadline is March 31, 2016 and all applications need to be submitted two weeks prior to the in-take deadline.
The process is easy. Simply complete the application form and forward it to the administrator.
Cooperative Housing in Manitoba
Olaleken Atanda receives bursary cheque from Cindy Coker, Chairperson, Co-op Promotion Board
The Cooperative Promotion Board would like to congratulate Olalekan Atanda on being the first recipient of the Cooperative Promotion Board Bursary.
Atanda arrived in Canada on January 1st, 2010 as an international student. He is in his 4th year at the University of Winnipeg, enrolled in Computer Science and Business Administration programs. Atanda intended on studying computer science but after taking a few introduction business courses, he decided to enrol in both business and computer courses. He always had an interest in cooperatives and he was excited to take the Management of Cooperatives course.The course opened his eyes to the unique ways in which Cooperatives are owned and democratically controlled by their members.
For more information, contact:
The Cooperative Promotion Board
Dena Hunter, P. Ag.
Business Development Specialist Cooperatives
Manitoba Housing and Community Development
Lower Level B1l, 340th 9th Street
Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6C2
Cooperative Strategy (PDF)