2017/18 PARTNER 4 GROWTH PROGRAM

Frequently Asked Questions

The Partner 4 Growth program has been established to assist rural regions to strengthen and diversify economic activity based on regional strategic advantages.  The program will provide cost shared funding to rural municipalities, communities and non-profit organizations working in partnership to identify strategic opportunities, investigate the feasibility of these opportunities, and implement activities to pursue the opportunities. 
 
Who is eligible?
Manitoba communities and non-profit entities outside the city of Winnipeg are eligible.  Examples of eligible communities include rural municipalities, villages, towns, cities, local government districts, Northern Affairs communities and settlements, and First Nations communities. Examples of eligible groups include regional development corporations, community development corporations, Chambers of Commerce, industry associations, tourism and cultural associations, and other community, regional and provincial based organizations.
 
Projects must be of a regional nature and must impact more than one local government geographic area. Recently amalgamated municipalities are eligible to apply and their projects will be considered regional.  
 
Are individuals or businesses eligible?
No. Individuals and “for-profit” businesses are not eligible.
 
Are projects that are multi-regional or provincially-scoped eligible?
Yes. Projects that are multi-regional or provincially-scoped are eligible that include a letter of written support from the Association of Manitoba Municipalities.
 
How do we apply?
Eligible applicants will need to complete the program application form.  Completed and signed application forms will be accepted on or prior to September 8th, 2017. All applications must include written support from the community(s) identified as applicants and/or participating partners in the project application.  Applications must be submitted to the Manitoba Indigenous and Municipal Relations - Program Administrator in person, by mail, e-mail or by fax (Mail: 27-2nd Ave. S.W., Dauphin MB R7N 3E5, E-mail: Ann.Ransom@gov.mb.ca or Fax: 204-638-2854).
 
How much funding are we eligible to receive under the 2016/17 Partner 4 Growth?
A maximum contribution of up to $10,000 will be available for projects pertaining to the identification or to investigate the feasibility of economic opportunities on a 50/50 cost shared basis. A maximum contribution of up to $25,000 will be available for projects pertaining to activities that lead to the realization of identified economic opportunities on a 50/50 cost shared basis. A maximum contribution of up to $75,000 will be available for projects pertaining to activities that are multi-regional or provincially-scoped on a 25/75 cost shared basis.
 
Can we receive our money “up front”?
Advance payments for up to 75% of total provincial contributions that have been approved will be made upon completion of a signed Agreement. The balance of approved funding will be paid upon acceptance of the final report with supporting documentation.
 
 
What costs are eligible for coverage under the program?
Eligible costs include labour and materials specific to the project, operational cost of equipment, administration costs related to the project, promotional materials, rental or lease of facilities, equipment, and/or machinery necessary for the project. Internal administration costs directly related to the project are eligible, but must be documented as in-kind or receipted.
 
What costs are ineligible for coverage under the program?
Ineligible costs include administration and staffing associated with regular operations of the participant; capital items that are not deemed specific to the project; GST and other items for which the applicant is eligible to receive a refund or rebate; hospitality and travel expenditures beyond Manitoba Government guidelines; gifts associated with hosting events; and profit.
 
Does the project need to be cost shared?
Yes.  Funding for projects pertaining to the identification or to investigate the feasibility of economic opportunities as well as projects pertaining to activities that lead to the realization of identified economic opportunities will be cost shared on a 50/50 basis. Funding for projects pertaining to activities that are multi-regional or provincially-scoped will be cost shared on a 25/75 basis with 25% Participating Partners funding matched with 75% of program funding.
 
Is a project eligible if it is initiated prior to submitting an application or receiving approval?
Project expenses incurred prior to the Project Application Date are not eligible. Applicants may initiate the eligible activities after a Project Application Date has been established, with the understanding that any or all project funding may not be approved.  A Project Application Date will be established by the Program Administrator upon receipt of an application that the Program Administrator deems to be complete.  This date will be detailed in the approval letter issued.
 
How will applications be selected?
The Program Administrator will review the applications on a case by case basis.  Factors considered in the selection of Participants will include but not be limited to:
(a)     Applicant meets eligibility requirements.
(b)     Project meets Program objective(s).
(c)      Applicant has sufficient organizational capacity to carry out the project.
(d)     Innovative projects.
(e)     Projects which result in growth of the economy and in employment
 
Are tourism related projects eligible?
Projects are eligible as long as they meet the eligibility requirements and align with the objectives of the program to identify or implement activities that lead to the realization of economic opportunities. 
 
What is required of us by the Funding Agreement?
The Funding Agreement will require commitments of the applicant including but not limited to reporting on intended project outcomes and providing financial statements after completion of your project. 
 
What if we receive money from other sources while working on our project?
It may or may not have an impact on the money you will receive from this Program, depending on your specific circumstances.  However, disclosure of the extra funding to the program administrator is required. Total federal and provincial contributions cannot exceed 75% of total project costs.
 
What if the plans for our project change after our application has been approved?
The changes might impact the intent of the agreement and/or the amount of funding available.  Disclosure by the applicant and approval by the Program Administrator of the intended changes is required.
 
Will there be inspections / audits?
Yes, verification and on-site audits may be conducted, as provided