Housing and Community Development

Cooperaqtive Promotion Board

The Cooperative Promotion Board

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.

Eligibility Criteria

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.

Two Key Areas of Focus:

  1. Engaging  Youth to Promote Awareness and Understanding of The Cooperative Model
    As an example, projects may include but are not limited to:
    • youth employment
    • mentoring to support youth cooperative leaders
    • resources for youth in schools or in the community to promote cooperative awareness 
    • resources for teaching professionals to promote awareness
    • support for awards

  2. Learning Events for Boards, Employees, Members and Youth
    As an example projects may include but are not limited to:
    • for co-operative employees and boards: business and financial training
    • for members: general cooperative knowledge and new member resources
    • for youth: learning seminars and events
Please feel free to contact the administrator to discuss additional funding requests.

Terms and Conditions

  • Grants will reflect applicant investment, the number of people involved and benefits to the co-op sector in Manitoba.

  • Grants generally will not exceed $5,000.

  • Applications should be submitted well in advance of any event as grants are not approved for completed activities
  • Funds must be used only for the purpose for which they are granted and a report on activities and financial statement is required at the conclusion of the project.

  • Projects must acknowledge the contribution of the CPB.


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.

Making an Application

The process is easy. Simply complete the application form and forward it to the administrator.

Download The Cooperative Promotion Board Application Form. (PDF)

Cooperative Promotion Board News:

Cooperative Housing in Manitoba

Transitional Housing Announcement

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.

Require More Information?

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

Phone: 204-726-7003
Fax: 204-724-2616


Useful Links:

Download The Cooperative Promotion Board Application Form. (PDF)

The Cooperatives Act

Cooperative Strategy (PDF)

Manitoba Cooperative Community - Phase 2 - 2014-2019 - Strategic Plan - English (PDF)


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