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Non-profit organizations are a vital part of any vibrant neighbourhood, because they serve the needs of community members.
Our government is committed to investing in local groups because of the big difference even a small grant can make. We recently announced funding for many groups across the city under the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program (WCIP). This is a three-year program that is investing $7.5 million into recreation and wellness projects run by non-profits like churches, daycares and community centres.
This year’s WCIP grants included major upgrades to two local daycares in Kirkfield Park: the Horizons Children’s Centre and Westwood Community Child Care (WCCC).
Horizons gives many children a wonderful opportunity to grow and learn in a welcoming environment. Since 2012, they have been working on creating a natural outdoor play space and garden. This space gives the children more than a place to burn off energy. It gives them a chance to explore the world around them, while helping them identify with nature. The WCIP grant will help make the playground more natural with new trees, hills and gardening areas for the children.
For over 30 years, WCCC has worked hard to help meet the need for child care in our community. Originally located inside Westwood Collegiate, they moved to Sansome School in 2005 to have more room to expand. Since then they have worked hard to update their space.
In the past they have received operating grants and funding for needed kitchen renovations from our government. This year, the WCIP funding they will receive will go towards storage space renovations. Both of these projects help create a more workable space for the centre.
I would like to encourage local organizations to apply for the many number of great grants we have, through our Community Places Program, Sports & Recreation Opportunities funding or Urban Green Team grants. These grants have helped many non-profit organizations over the years enabling them to provide valuable services in our community and make it a better place for everyone.
If your organization would like to learn how to apply for any of these grants, feel free to contact my office at 204-832-2318 or email me at Sharon.Blady@YourManitoba.ca
You can also find me on Facebook under Sharon Blady, MLA for Kirkfield Park for local updates and announcements.
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Sharon Blady is the NDP MLA for Kirkfield Park.
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