The Building Sustainable Communities Program fosters thriving sustainable communities. Grant assistance in partnership with other funders will leverage investments to provide a high quality of life for Manitobans.

Community development projects that help to build thriving, sustainable communities are eligible.

These include but are not limited to projects in the following areas:

  • planning activities that inform community or regional decision making about priorities and plans for future development
  • capacity building of organizations with the intent of acting on identified community issues, realizing on development opportunities, enhancing charitable giving and volunteerism, and improving community well-being and stability
  • community or regional initiatives that enable communities or regions to initiate local actions that address identified needs or opportunities
  • capital infrastructure that supports new community, culture and recreation development, as well as projects that extend, improve or enhance existing public use community facilities and spaces
Who can apply
  • Non-profit organizations, charitable organizations, municipalities (including local authorities such as planning districts) and Northern Affairs Community Councils.
  • A non-profit organization is defined as one whose activities are carried on with no financial gain to any of its members. To be eligible, non-profit organizations must be able to provide evidence, on request, that the organization is active and in good standing.
  • Eligible charitable organizations must be registered as a charitable organization and must use their resources for charitable purposes.

What is funded

  • planning, feasibility and needs assessment projects
  • capital projects that add to, extend, improve or enhance existing community facilities and spaces
  • activities and training that support the development of leadership and organizational capacity
  • new community initiatives (e.g., new programs, organizational start-up, prototyping and pilot projects)
  • hosting of a community event (e.g., symposiums and workshops)
  • equipment (e.g., furniture, sports equipment and technology

Eligible project costs

  • all costs directly related to the completion of an eligible project incurred on or after April 1, 2023
  • up to 2.5 per cent for administrative costs (including insurance coverage) relating directly to the project


  • A maximum provincial contribution of 50 per cent of eligible project costs incurred to complete the project, up to a maximum grant of $75,000.
  • For capital projects with eligible project costs of over $150,000 (larger capital) a maximum provincial contribution of 50 per cent of eligible project costs incurred to complete the project, up to a maximum grant of $300,000.
  • A minimum non-government contribution of 10 per cent is required for all projects, except planning projects.
  • Non-government sources can include funds raised through fundraising activities, donations from individuals, businesses, charitable organizations, community foundations and service clubs.

NOTE: Donations of materials, equipment and labour are encouraged and will be recognized as part of the assessment of the project. However, the donations will not be considered part of the matching contribution.

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