City launches Winnipeg COVID-19 Economic Support Grant Program

City awards renovation grants to fifteen community centres

Released: 9:38 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Fifteen City-owned community centres will receive funding for renovations through the City of Winnipeg’s Community Centre Renovation Grant program (CCRGP).

“The importance of community centres has been evident this year, as we have all missed the activities, programs and togetherness they offer,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “As we move into a new year, I’m pleased that 15 of our existing centres will be getting the renovations they need to make these spaces accessible and updated, so Winnipeggers can enjoy them for many years to come.”

“Community centres build vibrant communities, and I’m looking forward to the day we reopen and enjoy using them once again,” said Sherri Rollins, Chairperson of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks. “These renovation grants will benefit current and future patrons of the centres.”

The community centres receiving grants are:

  • Bord-Aire
  • Burton Cummings
  • Chalmers
  • Greendell
  • Luxton
  • Norquay
  • Notre Dame
  • Oxford Heights
  • Ralph Brown
  • Sturgeon Heights
  • Valley Gardens
  • Valour
  • Varsity View
  • Whyte Ridge
  • Woodhaven

The CCRGP received 17 applications requesting a total of $1,320,943.70, during the 2020 fall intake period. Fifteen (15) applications totaling $1,120,943.70 were approved.

The program ensures that City-owned, board-run community centres can access much-needed assistance required to complete facility repairs, upgrades, retrofits, safety improvements, and renovation projects. The grant allows them the ability to set programming priorities.

The program has two intake periods each year: a spring intake in March and a fall intake in October. Fall 2020 was the eighteenth application period for the program. Since the program’s inception in 2012, the City has invested $8,926,624.99 towards 195 community centre applications for renovations across the city.

Information regarding the CCRGP, including how community centres can apply, can be found at City of Winnipeg – Community Centres.

The Winnipeg Wellness Fund Now Open for Applications

Released: 10:41 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Today, the Winnipeg Wellness Fund application process has begun with the launch of an online application on the City’s website. The fund will support community initiatives to help reduce the physical, mental, and emotional distress caused by the pandemic.

“COVID-19 restrictions have sadly changed how we are able to spend time with our family and friends and take part in community events. We can all use a bit more happiness this winter,” said Councillor John Orlikow, Deputy Mayor.

Businesses, business organizations, schools, community centres, and not-for-profit community entities, groups, or associations are encouraged to apply. The Fund will support community led initiatives that address community mental health and allow residents to participate in fun, safe activities during the winter months.

Information about the program and the online application form can be found at the following link:

“Have an idea that will put a smile on your neighbours’ faces this winter and financial support would be appreciated? This fund is for you,” Councillor Orlikow said.

The $600,000 Winnipeg Wellness Fund will provide up to $40,000 per ward and grants will be approved for successful applications by the area Councillor in which the application is received. Confirmation of successful applications and the awarded grant amount will be sent to applicants by the City of Winnipeg. Funds are being provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Strict compliance with provincial public health orders will be required for all successful applications. If funding is awarded for an activity that becomes restricted due to new provincial public health orders, the group will be given an opportunity to adjust in order to comply.

All successful applicants will be expected to report back to the City within 60 days of the funding being expended with a statement outlining the use of the funds.

The deadline for applications will be February 28, 2021 and all expenses must be incurred on or before April 30, 2021.

City launches Winnipeg COVID-19 Economic Support Grant Program

Program offers one-time $1,500 grant to qualified businesses and organizations

Released: 10:50 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg has launched the Winnipeg COVID-19 Economic Support Grant Program in order to assist Winnipeg small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that have been forced to prohibit access to their premises due to COVID-19 public health restrictions effective November 12, 2020 or thereafter.

The City will be distributing a total of $3 million to eligible local businesses and organizations with funding provided by the federal Safe Restart Agreement. Small businesses and not-for-profit organizations can now apply online for a non-repayable grant of $1,500. The grant can be used for rent, utilities, wages, personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitizing equipment, or other business expenses incurred.

“So many of Winnipeg’s small businesses and not-for-profit organizations have faced immense operational challenges during the pandemic,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “We have been fortunate that a portion of them have found ways to continue to provide their valued services, while that hasn’t been an option for others. We hope this grant will provide some relief as businesses continue to navigate the challenges of the pandemic and we work toward an economic recovery.”

“The jobs, services, and opportunities provided by small business and not-for-profits are essential to the success of our economy,” said Councillor Scott Gillingham, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Finance. “I am pleased that through the federal Safe Restart Program, we will be able to provide up to $3 million in assistance to a very important and challenged sector of our economy. We encourage all businesses and organizations affected by the current public health restrictions to apply for support through the Winnipeg COVID-19 Economic Support Grant Program.”

Grant applications are now being accepted and must be submitted online, with eligibility requirements and the online submission form available at

Eligible applications will be prioritized on a first come, first serve basis until the $3 million funding is fully expended. Program application deadline for the first intake is February 28, 2021. If funds remain, a second intake of applications will be accepted with application deadline of April 30, 2021.

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