More funding to help non-profits
Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Hoeppner reports the first date to apply for support through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund is coming up on Aug. 2. (File photo, Reuters)
Community facilities in the province, including the Portage la Prairie area, will be able to see more support through the help of new federal government funding available.
Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Hoeppner said organizations have until Aug. 2 to apply for support through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund available for projects in Western Canada.
"It's a great announcement for a number of reasons," she said. "First of all, it is going to help to help continue to create jobs and growth in our different areas of the country, and certainly in our riding – because there is infrastructure that just sometimes needs repairs.
“Sometimes it's hard for municipalities or different groups to raise the money,” she added. “Sometimes it's not large amounts of money. So, this will be a fund that will help to improve community facilities, and help with repairs. "
Hoeppner noted the benefits are two-fold: both to help create jobs and to give a hand to municipalities and small towns and groups that need it.
The first deadline to apply is Aug. 2.
The various groups eligible for funding may include cultural centres, arenas, parks and libraries, and recreational facilities, for example. Non-profit groups as well as local, regional and First Nation governments can apply. Projects must be completed by March 31, 2014.
There are a number of communities in the Portage-Lisgar riding that are getting ready to apply.
In November there will be a second intake for additional applications for funding.
There is a total of $150-million through the program available in Canada.
'I don’t think there is a maximum (for each community), but they are going to want to look at projects where the amount of money can get the best impact for the dollar,” said Hoeppner.
Organizations that are seeking less than $250,000 in funding will receive priority.
The total federal funding cannot exceed 50 per cent of the total project costs.
For example, if a facility project costs $200,000, the organization seeking funding cannot apply for the full amount, but they can apply for half that cost.
"What they have to show is that they have community support and that they have the funding -- through a variety of revenue streams," said Hoeppner. "It has to be shown they would have their half."
Hoeppner said helping support Portage-Lisgar programs is a priority for her.
“As a Member of Parliament, when I know that applications have been submitted, I’ll certainly be advocating to make sure we receive our fair share here in Portage-Lisgar,” she said.