Partner 4 Growth 2017/18

 
Important Message:
 
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.
 
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.
 
DESCRIPTION
This program provides cost shared funding for regions to identify and pursue economic development opportunities. It intends to assist communities and regions to strengthen or diversify economic activity. 
 
WHO QUALIFIES
Eligible applicants include:
·                  Manitoba communities 
·                  rural municipalities, towns, cities, local government districts, Northern Affairs communities and settlements, and First Nations communities
·                  not-for-profit organizations outside the City of Winnipeg
·                  regional economic development agencies, community development corporations, Chambers of Commerce, industry associations, tourism and cultural associations
·                  projects must be regional and impact more than one local area

 
AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE
·                  Applicants can receive up to a maximum of $10,000 for projects that identify strategic economic opportunities and the feasibility of economic opportunities. Projects will be cost shared on a 50/50 basis.
·                  Applicants can receive up to a maximum of $25,000 for projects that are intended to implement activities to pursue strategic economic opportunities. Projects will be cost shared on a 50/50 basis.
·                  Applicants can receive up to a maximum of $75,000 for projects pertaining to activities that are multi-regional or provincially-scoped. Projects will be cost shared on a 25/75 basis with 25% applicant/participating partners funding matched with 75% of program funding.
·                  Federal and provincial funding cannot exceed 75% of total project costs.
·                  Approved applicants are eligible to receive an advance payment of up to 75% of total provincial contributions. The balance of approved funding is paid upon acceptance of the final report with supporting documents.
 
Eligible costs for projects include:
·                  labour and materials
·                  operational cost for equipment
·                  equipment and/or machinery costs
·                  administration costs (must be documented and receipts provided)
·                  promotional materials
·                  rental or lease of facilities
 
Ineligible costs for projects include:
·                  administrative and staffing costs associated with the execution of the participating partner’s regular activities
·                  capital items
·                  costs of establishing or re-establishing a commercial operation
·                  Good and Services Tax, value-added taxes, or other items for which a refund or rebate is eligible to be received
·                  hospitality and travel expenditures beyond Province of Manitoba guidelines or gifts associated with the hosting of events
·                  out of province travel expenditures
·                  profit
·                  any other expenditure which, at the discretion of the program administrator, is deemed to be ineligible
·                  project expenses incurred prior to the project application date are not eligible

 
HOW TO APPLY
·                  All applications must include a letters of support from the Applicant and Participating Partners that details the cash and/or in-kind support. 
·                  All applications must include letters of support from the local government bodies (e.g. Municipalities, Towns, First Nations) which are within the geographical area defined in the application. 
·                  Applications for projects that are multi-regional or provincially-scoped must include a letter of support from the Association of Manitoba Municipalities.
·                  Next application deadline is September 11, 2017.  Submit your signed application by mail, e-mail or fax to:

       Manitoba Indigenous and Municipal Relations
       27-2nd Avenue
       Dauphin, MB  R7N 3E5
       Phone: (204) 648-4116
       Fax: (204) 638-2854
Application Form.docxThis application form is formatted so that you can save it to your computer and then type your responses directly into the spaces provided.  If you have trouble downloading this form or completing your application within this form, please contact the Program Administrator by Phone: 204-648-4116 or e-mail: ann.ransom@gov.mb.ca

 
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE
September 11, 2017

 
 WHO TO CONTACT
Ann Ransom
Program Administrator - Partner 4 Growth
Phone: 204-648-4116
Email:
ann.ransom@gov.mb.ca

 
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
How your application will be selected
Manitoba Indigenous and Municipal Relations will review the applications on a case by case basis. Factors considered in the selection of participants will include, but not be limited to:
·                  applicant meets eligibility requirements
·                  project meets program objective(s)
·                  applicant has sufficient organizational capacity to carry out the project
·                  innovative projects
·                  projects which result in growth of the economy and in employment
 
Approved applicants
The applicant will commit to reporting the intended project outcomes and to providing financial statements after completion of the project. 
When you receive money from other sources while working the approved project
Disclosure by the applicant of extra funding to the program administrator is required.
Total federal and provincial contributions cannot exceed 75% of the projects costs and Manitoba's contribution cannot exceed 50% of the project costs.

When your plans change after your application has been approved
Disclosure by the applicant and approval by the program administrator of the intended changes is required.

Inspections and Audits
Verification and on-site audits may be conducted, as stated in the program terms and conditions.