Three local community groups receive funding for sustainability projects

The Manitoba government is investing nearly $500,000 in nonprofits and municipalities through the Building Sustainable Communities (BSC) program.

The BSC program began in 2019 and is an initiative that provides Manitoba communities with the opportunity to apply to the government for grants for other projects that would improve the sustainability of their area or cause. Such as planning activities, organizational capacity building projects, equipment costs, fixed assets and other local or regional initiatives.

On June 28, the government released a media report indicating that the Khalsa Diwan Society, the City of Arborg and the Portage Pickleball Club are receiving funds to improve their facilities and encourage economic growth.

“Locally led community development projects support sustainable and resilient communities by encouraging economic growth and improving the quality of life for their residents,” said Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke. “Our government is committed to supporting initiatives that directly respond to local needs, particularly as communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report says the Khalsa Diwan Society is receiving $300,000 to upgrade its facilities, such as the gathering space, expand the kitchen, create community space and improve energy efficiency.

“The building needed upgrades for many years, but due to the cumulative effects of COVID-19 and other factors, upgrades were getting out of reach until we found out about this program,” says Longtime member Sukhjit Bhandal. of the Khalsa Diwan company. “This funding will go a long way towards meeting the needs of thousands of people in the community for many years to come. This program forges a great partnership between our community organization and the government.”

The City of Arborg is receiving up to $157,000 for its Community Meeting and Training Center project, which will create better meeting spaces and help schedule activities for the community. The Portage Pickleball Club is receiving up to $25,000 to help it continue with its Multi-Purpose Court Improvement Project, which will renovate its current courts.

The 2022-2023 BSC program has now invested nearly $26 million to support 430 community development projects across Manitoba.