Province's Partner 4 Growth Program Provides $130,000 In Support Funding For 16 New Community Economic Development Projects

Last Updated: 2013/12/23 01:30:13 AM

The provincial Partner 4 Growth program will help Manitoba communities pursue opportunities to strengthen and diversify local economic activity with $130,000 in support funding for the 16 projects approved this year, Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced today.

"This program encourages communities and non-profit organizations to work together on projects that will grow local economies, creating jobs for rural Manitoba families and sustainable economic benefits for their communities and regions," said Kostyshyn.  "By supporting community-driven projects that take advantage of local opportunities, we are leveraging local resources into sustainable economic benefits for families, businesses, communities and the province."

The program provides 50-50 cost-shared grants to a maximum of $8,000 for the identification of economic opportunities or investigation of its feasibility and the second component will fund projects up to $15,000 for activities that help complete the project, the minister said, adding all projects must be of a regional nature and must impact more than one local government geographic area.

Kostyshyn said projects to receive funding include:

* a project by the Parkland Agricultural Resources Co-op to attract business investment into the Parkland region,

* a feasibility study for an essential oil business in the Lynn Lake region,

* a study of the skilled-trade needs in the Winkler area with a view to establishing appropriate training programs, and

* using a regional economic analysis process to identify potential business opportunities for the Oak Lake region in partnership with Sioux Valley First Nations.

"This program enables communities of all sizes to advance rural economic development with strategic partners," said Kostyshyn.  "The success of these initiatives will also help the province identify the regional priorities that have gained local support and become the basis for future rural development initiatives."

The list of grant recipients and approved projects can be found at:

www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/rural-communities/economic-development/partner-4-g