Neighbourhood Renewal Fund
 

The Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF) assists neighbourhood organizations representing residents and other local interests, in strengthening local capacity and revitalizing designated neighbourhoods/communities through a broad range of locally planned and supported initiatives.
 
 
What is Available on this Page?

Why a fund?

Who can apply?

Are there specific dates for submitting applications?

How do you apply for the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund?

What kinds of initiatives are eligible?

What levels of funding are available?

How do you contact Neighbourhoods Alive!?

How do you contact Neighbourhood Renewal Corporations?

 
The designated neighbourhoods/communities are areas experiencing significant social, economic and environmental challenges such as high rates of poverty, unemployment and crime as well as a lack of adequate recreation, family support, affordable housing and economic opportunities.
 
These designated communities have a Neighbourhood Renewal Corporations supported by Neighbourhoods Alive!. NRCs coordinate community engagement activities and involve the community through regular consultation in developing neighbourhood plans and identifying neighbourhood priorities. 
 
The following communities are designated for Neighbourhood Renewal Fund support and have Neighbourhoods Alive! supported Neighbourhood Renewal Corporations in place:
 
  •  Brandon
  •  Dauphin
  •  Flin Flon
  •  Portage La Prairie
  •  Thompson
  •  Selkirk
  •  The Pas
Winnipeg: North End (includes the Lord Selkirk Park, North Point Douglas, William Whyte, St. John's and Dufferin neighbourhoods); Spence; West Broadway; Central (includes  the Centennial, Central Park and  West Alexander neighbourhoods); Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews and Chalmers.
 

Why a fund?

Each of the designated neighbourhoods has different needs, priorities and resources that can be identified in a neighbourhood plan. The Neighbourhood Renewal Fund helps make it possible for neighbourhood organizations to carry out projects that will help achieve the goals outlined in the Five-Year Neighbourhood Plan. Support from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund can complement local contributions of cash, labour, materials, services and other in-kind support and contributions from other funding sources.park 
 

Who can apply?

Applicants must be incorporated as a not-for-profit organization.
 
The proposed project must be located in or benefit the residents of a community or neighbourhood designated for Neighbourhoods Alive! support. 
 

Are there specific dates for submitting applications?

Applications for projects were submitted through a single window intake that closed May 28, 2018. Grant funding will be based on completion of identified and approved eligible project expenses incurred on or before March 31, 2019.
 

How do you apply for the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund?

The Neighbourhoods Alive! Community Initiatives and Neighbourhood Renewal Fund 2018-2019 Webinar Includes:
  • A list of programs currently accepting applications for 2018-2019
  • A Review of the Provincial Priority Areas identified, overarching criteria, and program specific criteria
  • Background on Neighbourhoods Alive!
  • Detailed information on the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund and Community Initiatives
  • Elements of a strong project
  • Q & A session

What kinds of initiatives are eligible?  

To receive support from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, initiatives must aim to strengthen local capacity, help revitalize the neighbourhood and reflect the objectives and priorities identified in  the  neighbourhood's Five-Year Neighbourhood Renewal Plan.  Your local NRC and Neighbourhoods Alive! staff are available to discuss project ideas with groups interested in applying.
 
An application should show how the project:
  • Benefits the neighbourhood and local community and supports the goals and objectives of the Five-Year Neighbourhood Renewal Plan.
  • Takes into account the particular needs, conditions and priorities of individual neighbourhoods and builds on the strengths of the community.
  • Involves local residents in the planning and implementation of the initiative or activity.
  • Has the demonstrated  support of the community.
  • Creates opportunities for community members to participate in their communities.
  • Addresses as many as possible of the nine (9) Community Economic Development (CED) principles.

     Community Economic Development (CED) Principles

  1.  Local Employment:
    Support long-term employment opportunities for local residents including hiring locally, create opportunities for greater personal and community self-sufficiency, and enable spending of wages within the local economy.
  2.  Local Ownership and Decision-Making: Local Ownership and Decision-Making:
    Promote local ownership and control of community-based businesses, cooperatives and other resources, and encourage grassroots involvement and democratic decision-making.
  3. Local Economic Links:
  4. Purchase locally produced goods and services.
  5.  Reinvest Profits Back into the Community: 
    Reinvest profits to expand the local economy and strengthen community self-reliance.
  6. Local Knowledge and Skill Development:
  7. Provide education and training opportunities that are accessible to local residents.
  8. Positive Environmental Effect:
    Promote environmental sustainability by building green, clean and safe communities.
  9. Health and Well-being:
  10. Promote the physical, mental and emotional health and well-being of community members at home, in the workplace and in the community at large.
  11. Neighbourhood Stability and Community Unity: Neighbourhood Stability and Community Unity:
    Increase community members' commitment to remain and participate in the community.
  12. Human Dignity: Foster relationships that build individual self-respect and community pride.
* Community organizations applying to Neighbourhoods Alive! are asked to describe how their proposed project demonstrates a commitment to these principles wherever possible.

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Contributes to one or more of the following four (4) NRF categories of eligible initiatives:

  1. Capacity Building:
    Projects promote neighbourhood consultation, outreach, awareness and collaboration; enhance knowledge, skills and leadership; nurture individual and community pride; and/or, support the sustainability of programs.
  2. Stability:
    Projects complements housing and structural improvements in a neighbourhood by supporting capital projects such as: renovations to neighbourhood facilities; developing or reclaiming parks and open space for community use; developing community gardens; and/or, contributing to neighbourhood beautification.
  3. Community Economic Development:
    Projects help neighbourhood organizations prepare community economic development strategies for their neighbourhoods that: promote balanced, equitable, sustainable economic development; provide local business opportunities; enhance employment and training opportunities for local residents; and, promote local purchasing.
  4. Well-being:
    Projects support neighbourhood cohesion and well-being by: enhancing neighbourhood safety and preventing crime; reducing at-risk behavior; contributing to better health practices; and, improving neighbourhood co-operation.

What levels of funding are involved?

Funding is variable and depends on the scale and anticipated results of the proposed project. Project requests of above $5,000 are eligible for support through the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.  
 

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