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Dauphin projects greenlighted for provincial funding


Dauphin projects figured prominently as the provincial government announced it support for a long list of community development projects, last week.
The Manitoba government will provide more than $848,000 in grants to over 120 community development projects across the province.
In Dauphin that means two Dauphin Neighbourhood Renewal projects - The Unity Project: Women’s Maker Co-operative and the Green Dauphin: Rain Water Catchment Project - will receive $29,108 and $14,710 respectively from the Neighbourhoods Alive! program.
As well, Cole Industries and Dauphin’s Countryfest each received $1,000 for storefront enhancements from the Hometown Manitoba Fund while Dauphin Communities in Bloom received $5,000 for enhancements to Gartmore Park.
From the Partner 4 Growth fund the City of Dauphin received $25,000 for its Business incubator and innovation initiative.
“We are continuing to invest funds in programs and local infrastructure that make a difference in our communities,” said Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton.
“Our government is proud to support projects and community-led non-profit organizations that improve the wellbeing of residents in Winnipeg’s neighbourhoods and communities across the province.”
The province has committed more than $20 million in 2018-19 to support community development projects. This year’s application intake also placed an emphasis on projects that support women’s safety and help reduce rates of violence against women.
A total of $230,372 was invested in five projects supporting women’s safety from the Neighbourhoods Alive! program.
“As part of our government’s ongoing commitment to support survivors, I am pleased Neighbourhoods Alive! placed an emphasis on applications that support women in vulnerable situations and enable women’s empowerment,” said Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires, minister responsible for the status of women.
“We know that when a woman is empowered, positive change occurs within her, her family and her community.”
Neighbourhoods Alive! supports and encourages revitalization efforts in designated neighbourhoods across Manitoba in a number of key areas including:
• employment and training;
• education and recreation;
• safety and crime prevention; and
• housing and physical improvements.
This year, 19 community-driven projects were funded under the Neighbourhoods Alive! program.
Ten projects were approved through the Partner 4 Growth program, which provides cost-shared funding for regions to identify and pursue economic development opportunities and help communities strengthen or diversify economic activity.
Another 91 projects were funded through the Hometown Manitoba program, which provides financial support for rural and northern projects led by local communities, organizations, co-operatives and businesses to enhance main street public places and building exteriors.
Other area projects receiving funding include:
• Harvest Sun Music and Art Society Inc., Kelwood Community garden and pergola, $1,000;
• Kelwood Development Committee, Kelwood mail shelter enhancements, $500;
• Municipality of Roblin, Roblin Campground improvements, $2,544; and
• Municipality of Roblin, Main Street .enhancements, $5,000