Financial Assistance

2016-17 Partner 4 Growth


This program will provide cost shared funding for regions to identify and pursue economic development opportunities. It is intended to assist communities and regions to strengthen or diversify economic activity.


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


  • 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


  • 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 March 15th, 2016.  Submit your signed application by mail, email or fax to:

           Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
           27-2nd Avenue
           Dauphin, MB  R7N 3E5
           Phone: 204-648-4116
           Fax: 204-638-2854

Application Form (Word 131 KB)  This 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:

Terms and Conditions (PDF 574 KB)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 636 KB)



March 15th, 2016


Ann Ransom
Program Administrator - Partner 4 Growth
Phone: 204-648-4116


How your application will be selected
MAFRD 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.