The impressive partnership between our provincial government and local community organizations across Winnipeg has become even stronger.
Last month, I was very proud to join Municipal Affairs Minister Drew Caldwell as he announced funding for dozens of community groups under the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program (WCIP). This three-year program has now invested $7.5 million in total, and I’m proud to report that no less than three deserving local organizations from the Wolseley constituency are receiving funds this year.
One example is St. Matthews Maryland Community Ministry. For over 40 years this group has provided crucial support to low-income people in our city. Their drop-in and food supplement programs have up to a 150 people using the space each day. Funds from WCIP will enable the community ministry to tackle needed renovations so their kitchen can meet safety standards, while also ensuring repairs are made to the space used for the food bank.
The West Broadway Community Ministry is also receiving money from WCIP to help feed low-income people and families, this time in the West Broadway neighbourhood. Their successful grant application means they can upgrade a commercial dishwasher so their drop-in program can continue to offer a free light meal or hot lunch four days a week.
The largest grant coming to Wolseley this year from WCIP is $25,000 for the West Central Women’s Resource Centre. I remember when this amazing organization was crammed in the basement of a short office building — they had so many great ideas and programs underway but the space limitations were a real problem. Then our government and other partners helped them purchase, renovate and move into a new space they could call their own at 640 Ellice Ave. It’s been a few years since then and the funds from WCIP this year will help them expand the already-impressive list of programs they offer to local women and their families in our community.
I would like to encourage more local non-profit organizations to apply for similar grant programs in the future, like our Community Places Program, or the Building Communities Initiative that is jointly funded by the City of Winnipeg and our provincial government. By working together we have accomplished so much, and I can’t wait to see the next great ideas from local groups and citizens become reality!
If you would like to learn more about how to apply for these and other provincial grants, feel free to call me at 204-775-8575 or send me an email at Rob.Altemeyer@yourmanitoba.ca