Province announces funding for groups in central Winnipeg

Jan 28 2015 - Metro article

Artbeat Studio volunteer facilitator Katia Kaplun shows participants a painting at the group’s central studio. Artbeat Studio is among six local groups benefiting from provincial funding announced Wednesday. [Photo Credit: Shane Gibson/Metro]

A handful of groups offering social and community connections in central Winnipeg can expand their work thanks to provincial funding announced Wednesday.

“We want to make sure that everyone has a place where they can feel safe and comfortable and have opportunities to grow,” said Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross of the $148,000 in funding through the province’s Neighbourhoods Alive! program. “Neighbourhoods Alive! brings people together, it celebrates diversity and provides opportunities for all.”

The funding will see Artbeat Studio get $35,000 for neighbourhood art activities, the Central Neighbourhoods Development Corporation receive nearly $39,000 for safety-related program, Frame Projects get just over $20,000 and Mosaic Newcomer Family Resource Network get just over $31,000 for parenting classes.

The University of Winnipeg’s Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre will also receive $12,500 for after-school recreation programming and the Central Neighbourhoods Renewal Initiative get $10,000 for capacity building.

“These local groups are enhancing quality of life and helping build a strong sense of community,” said Irvin-Ross, in a release. “By working together with community partners we are building, supporting and revitalizing neighbourhoods.”