After extensive consultations, the Department will undertake a single-window, single-application intake and assessment process for new projects that must be completed by March 31, 2018, under its community development programs including Neighbourhoods Alive!, Community Places, Hometown Manitoba and Partner 4 Growth programs and related programming. The focus will be on planning for good outcomes, building better communities and sustaining community efforts. To achieve positive outcomes, applications should focus on:
-        Accessibility - reducing barriers for Manitobans regardless of where they live, their age, gender, cultural background, sexual identity, physical or mental ability or income.
-     Green Spaces and Active Transportation – creating new green spaces, advancing active transportation and maximizing use of parks, playgrounds, trails and pathways.
-        Newcomers - addressing the unique needs of immigrants and refugees and building on and encouraging involvement in the community.
Project applications will be assessed against these priorities. Core funding will continue for existing services while this intake occurs for these time-limited projects.
The Department will continue to engage the community and municipalities as it continues to review and improve its community development programs.  Projects that involve partnerships with two or more community organizations, demonstrate broad local government and community support and are regional in nature will receive additional priority consideration.
The application deadline is September 11, 2017. It is anticipated that funding decisions will be made by the end of October 2017. Application forms can be accessed through the portal by clicking 2017 18 Community Development Programs Portal
Department staff are available to consult with you and your organization with technical and program advice regarding the suitability of a project you may be considering. Proponents are encouraged to connect with the contacts listed on the specific program websites. The following programs are accepting applications from eligible organizations:
Community Places Program – provides funding and planning assistance to non-profit community organizations for facility construction, upgrading, expansion or acquisition programs. Eligible projects are those which provide sustainable recreation and wellness benefits to communities.
Hometown Manitoba 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.
Neighbourhoods Alive!  - Neighbourhood Renewal Fund – provides funding to organizations in NA! designated communities to strengthen local capacity, help revitalize the neighbourhood and reflect the objectives and priorities identify in the neighbourhood’s Five-Year Neighbourhood Renewal Plan.
Neighbourhoods Alive! – Community Initiatives – provides funding to projects that have a broad effect on Winnipeg’s inner city or target specific groups across the inner city.
Partner 4 Growth – provides funding for regions in rural and northern Manitoba to identify and pursue economic development opportunities. It is intended to assist communities and regions to strengthen or diversify economic activity.
Community organizations may submit other requests for strategic projects, which may not meet the program criteria outlined above, but that meet provincial priorities, leverage funding from other sources, strengthen local capacity, support a community’s ability to improve its economic and social conditions, assess needs, determine objectives and create a strategy for progress.