Neighbourhoods Alive Program FAQs

 

1. What is Neighbourhoods Alive!?

Neighbourhoods Alive! is Manitoba's long-term strategy to support and encourage community-driven revitalization efforts in designated neighbourhoods and communities including Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Flin Flon, Dauphin, Portage la Prairie, Selkirk and The Pas.
 
The Manitoba government launched Neighbourhoods Alive! in 2000 as a long term social & economic strategy to support community-driven revitalization in designated older neighbourhoods across Manitoba.
 
In 2000: 5 designated neighbourhoods:
  •  Winnipeg:
    • North End (William Whyte, North Point Douglas and Lord Selkirk Park),
    • Spence
    • West Broadway
  •   Communities:
    • Brandon
    • Thompson  
 
 
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What are the Neighbourhoods Alive! programs?

What communities can receive Neighbourhoods Alive! funding?

How were communities selected?

How do you apply for Neighbourhoods Alive! programs?

Are there specific dates for submitting applications?

What if I have questions while I am filling out the application form?

What is the project review process?

How much funding is available?

Who can access Neighbourhoods Alive! funding?

Who do I contact for more information?

 

Neighbourhoods Alive! recognizes that building healthy neighbourhoods requires more than an investment in bricks and mortar. Neighbourhoods Alive! supports and encourages community-driven revitalization efforts in designated neighbourhoods across Manitoba in a number of key areas, including:

  •  employment and training
  • education and recreation and
  • safety and crime prevention
  • housing and physical improvements  

Neighbourhoods Alive! recognizes that often the best ideas for neighbourhood revitalization come from the community itself. The aim of Neighbourhoods Alive! is to support community ideas and goals with funding and planning assistance. Neighbourhoods Alive! provides financial support to community organizations to help them in identifying local priorities and undertaking projects that address those priorities.  Neighbourhoods Alive! provides financial support to projects to which the neighbourhood can contribute cash from other sources, labour, materials, services or other in-kind support. Neighbourhoods Alive! also links neighbourhood-identified priorities with a variety of existing public sector services and programs.  

 

2. What are the Neighbourhoods Alive! programs?

There are a number of programs that fall within the Neighbourhoods Alive! initiative. Community organizations can directly apply for funding from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF) and Community Initiatives (CI) programs.
 
Other programs that fall within the Neighbourhoods Alive! initiative include: Neighbourhood Development Assistance, Neighbourhood Housing Assistance, Training Initiatives, Lighthouses, Urban Art Centres and School Resource Officers.  
 

3. Which communities can receive Neighbourhoods Alive! support?

The following neighbourhoods and communities are eligible for Neighbourhood Renewal Fund  (NRF) funding:
  • Communities: Brandon, Thompson, Flin Flon, The Pas, Dauphin, Portage la Prairie, Selkirk
  • Winnipeg neighbourhoods: North End (St. John's, Dufferin, North Point Douglas, William Whyte and Lord Selkirk Park), Spence, West Broadway, Central (West Alexander, Centennial, Central Park), Daniel McIntyre/St Matthews and the Chalmers area of Elmwood
To be eligible for Community Initiatives (CI) funding, projects must involve more than one designated Neighbourhoods Alive! inner city neighbourhood in Winnipeg and can include inner city neighbourhoods not currently designated by Neighbourhoods Alive!.
 
 

4. How were communities selected?

Designated communities are communities that generally have higher than average incidences of crime, poverty, core housing need, lack of opportunities for employment, training and/or recreation/engagement. Although these communities face challenges they have strengths and capacity which can be built on.  These communities have dedicated residents, volunteers, community organizations and collective knowledge and experience.  Experience in these communities demonstrate that when people come together to identify common issues and brainstorm solutions and are provided resources and support, the communities become healthier, stronger and more resilient.
 
Neighbourhoods Alive! originally focused on Manitoba's three largest cities in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson. Over the years, Neighbourhoods Alive! expanded to include additional communities and localities.
 
The following is a list of the neighbourhoods and communities which have been designated for Neighbourhoods Alive! support
 
The Province of Manitoba recognizes there is demand for this type of support beyond the neighbourhoods that have been designated. However, by targeting Neighbourhoods Alive! resources to a limited number of high needs neighbourhoods, the Province hopes to profoundly influence the lives of those most in need.  

5. How do you apply for the Neighbourhoods Alive! programs?

Application forms will be available online when the single window intake is open.
 
 

6. 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.

 

7. What if I have questions while I am filling out the application form?

Detailed instruction on the application process, including a sample budget, are available on the program pages prior to an intake.  Additional information is available in the application package.
 
Your local Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation is also available to support you if you are developing an application to the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF). For contact information visit the Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation webpage. 
 
If you still have questions, contact Neighbourhoods Alive! staff who are available to assist you.  
 

8. What is the project review process?

Once Neighbourhoods Alive! receives your complete application package, you will receive a confirmation e-mail acknowledging receipt of your application.
 
The review process is comprehensive and involves gathering feedback on how projects respond to locally identified priorities from Neighbourhood Renewal Corporations (for NRF applications).  You will be informed, in writing, of the decision made about your project. Your local Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation or local advisory group will also be informed of the decision. 
 

9 . How much funding is available?

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 and Community Initiatives.  

 

10. Who can access Neighbourhoods Alive! funding?

Neighbourhoods Alive! provides funding support to neighbourhood organizations representing residents and other interested stakeholders in the community  whose overall purpose is to improve the quality of life in the neighbourhood. Applicants must be incorporated not-for profits and projects must involve and benefit the local community or locality. Project proposals should demonstrate community support.
 
Click on the links below to see the specific program pages for more information:

11. Where can I get more information?

  

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