Community Development

The Community Development branch of Municipal Relations provides grant funding that builds the capacity of municipalities, communities and neighbourhoods while providing planning and technical support from our qualified staff.

The branch's staff provide technical advice and information along with delivering workshops on various aspects of community and facility development. Our staff can provide "how to" information to help make your community plans successful.

The branch provides grant funds that pay for capital projects such as construction and renovation of community facilities, projects that support communities such as youth employment, community gardens, safety and wellbeing and projects that improve the future of a community such as a recreation plan, feasibility studies, or greenhouse gas reduction plans.

There are six program streams that work to accomplish community development:

  • Community Places Program - funds capital projects
  • Community Support Small Grant Program supports Manitoba’s non-profit and community-led organizations in their efforts to provide avenues for Manitobans to support and sustain thriving communities. In order to accommodate the year end (March 31) deadline for project completion, applications for the Community Support Small Grant program will be accepted until January 15, 2019. Please watch for upcoming funding opportunities.
  • Emergency Capital Grant Program  provides emergency capital grant funding to non-profit community organizations.
  • Hometown Manitoba - provides financial support for rural and northern community projects initiated by local communities, organizations, co-operatives and businesses that enhance main street public places and building exteriors
  • Neighbourhoods Alive! – provides funding for designated neighborhoods in Manitoba
  • Partner 4 Growth - provides cost shared funding for regions to identify and pursue economic development opportunities
  • Recreation and Regional Services - funds access to recreation for disadvantaged youth and recreation commissions across Manitoba
  • Urban/Hometown Green Team - funds youth employment by non-profit organizations and municipalities

Municipal Relations will invest over $20.0M in community development for the 2018-19 fiscal year. We are excited to announce a streamlined, updated single window intake for the following five Community Development programs: Community Places Program, Hometown Manitoba, Neighbourhoods Alive! Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, Neighbourhoods Alive! Community Initiatives and Partners 4 Growth.

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.

Successful applications will be on planning, building and sustaining communities that address one of the five following areas:

  • Projects that support women's empowerment / support women in vulnerable situations
  • Projects that enable economic development / align with regional development strategies 
  • Key repair of high priority assets
  • Community Initiatives - community, heritage, tourism and recreation facilities and projects
  • Social Innovation - examples include support for social enterprises, projects that include a social return on investment (SROI) evaluation and projects that target measurable social outcomes.

As overarching criteria, the application must meet at least four of the following criteria:

  • Addresses one or more of the above five identified provincial priorities
  • Includes a partnership of two or more organizations
  • Leverages other funds (e.g. private, community, other level of government)
  • Identifies clear outcome goals as well as measures to assess success 
  • Clear demonstration of the value for investment (return on investment/social return on investment analysis)
  • First time applicant


Contact us for more information about any of our programs:

Municipal Relations
Community Development Branch
6th Floor -  800 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3G 0N4

Telephone: 1-204-726-6352
Fax: 204-948-3512