Thanks to the tremendous efforts and sacrifices of many Manitobans, our government recently announced limited changes to the COVID-19 public health orders. These changes represent a cautious approach to re-opening, taking into consideration that we do not want to go backwards and see case counts rise. I encourage everyone to continue following the public health fundamentals of physical distancing, washing hands and wearing a mask to keep this success going.
For our local communities and our municipal governments within the Red River North Constituency, I would like to advise that applications are now available for the 2021 Urban and Hometown Green Team Grants. The Green Team programs support summer employment for hundreds of Manitoba’s youth in supporting community projects while also providing them with valuable work experience. Green Team grants allow communities too hire youth aged 15 to 29 to work on community projects between May 1 and August 31. Eligible recipients include non-profit organizations in Winnipeg and rural Manitoba and municipal governments in rural Manitoba. The deadline for applications is February 15th. For more information on Green Team applications visit www.manitobago.ca
The Building Sustainable Communities Grant also recently opened for applications to support community development projects. The 2021 program intake has been expanded to include support for larger-scale capital projects. This includes a maximum grant contribution of 50 per cent of eligible capital project costs, up to $300,000. Eligible applicants for the Building Sustainable Communities Program include non-profit organizations, charitable organizations, municipalities, and northern affairs community councils. Deadline for applications is Feb. 28. For more information about the program, or to apply, visit www.manitobago.ca.
As we forge ahead in 2021, I continue to be honoured to represent the residents of the wonderful constituency of Red River North. While we are not out of the woods yet in this pandemic, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and together we will forge ahead and into a new, brighter day. Please do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions or concerns you may have at (204) 641-2107 or email@example.com.
Jeff Wharton is the MLA for the Red River North Constituency