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Giving Fort Richmond a LIFT

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Exciting things are happening in Fort Richmond thanks to the Neighbourhoods Alive! LIFT program.

The Localized Improvement Fund for Tomorrow (LIFT) is based on revitalizing communities by working with the people who live in them. LIFT helps local groups fund projects focused on education and recreation, employment and training, safety and crime prevention and housing improvements to promote happy and healthy neighbourhoods for our families.

In Fort Richmond, the program has assisted with the projects of a number of local organizations including groups like the Fort Garry Seniors Resource Council and Pembina Active Living 55+. Thanks to the LIFT program, they have been able to fund bus trips, community picnics and a Wellness, Leisure and Special Interest series for seniors in our community.

LIFT has also helped fund projects for schools such as Dalhousie Elementary School, Ryerson Elementary School and École St. Avila. Staff and students received support for extracurricular activities, a mural project, and participation in the CanU after-school educational program at the University of Manitoba.

Our whole community can benefit from LIFT. With the program’s assistance, the Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre is providing a series of free legal workshops and clinics for women. LIFT also provided support to the Fort Garry/St. Norbert Healthy Child Coalition’s popular Wiggle, Giggle and Munch program last summer. Our own Trinity United Church received funding to create a community garden, which has become a wonderful meeting place for residents of all ages to enjoy.

These are just a few examples of the way that LIFT funding is contributing to our community, and can continue to build capacity in Fort Richmond.

Organizations and groups interested in applying for funding for a LIFT project can call  204-945-3379 for additional information or check out www.neighbourhoodsalive.mb.ca.

Application packages may be downloaded on this website.

Upcoming application dates are March 1, 2014 and October 1, 2014.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact my office at 204-475-9433 or by email at Kerri.Irvin-Ross@YourManitoba.ca

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