The provincial government is pleased to share another successful quarter of funding community events to strengthen Manitoba's art, culture and sports sectors.

In August 2022, the Arts, Culture and Sport in Community Fund was established in an effort to support the arts, culture (heritage, public libraries and ethnocultural organizations) and amateur sports.

Now, it is being announced that $323,000 has been granted to 67 community events across Manitoba through the Community Celebrations program of the Arts, Culture and Sport in Community Fund.

"From winter and seasonal celebrations to feasts, fairs and festivals to cultural concerts and performances, community-based events offer Manitobans exciting opportunities to come together to celebrate their own heritage and experience their neighbours' heritage," says Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Obby Khan. "Our government is proud to support community organizations through the Arts, Culture and Sport in Community Fund, so more Manitobans can access quality programming and facilities in their community."

Since the announcement, department staff have been evaluating grant applications based on project goals and eligibility, feasibility, and community impact. In total, 67 community events have been awarded $323,000.

The Canadian Multicultural Disability Centre Inc. is one of the organizations receiving the funding for their event.

"At CMDCI, we are focused on improving the quality of the lives of Canadians living with disabilities, particularly those from ethnocultural and marginalized communities," says Executive Director, Zephania Matanga. "On March 25, through reconciliation, we will focus on what unites us, and celebrate what the human spirit has and will continue to overcome."

There are three categories of programs through the Arts, Culture and Sport in Community Fund:

  • Large capital projects,
  • Small capital projects and special initiatives,
  • Community celebrations.

Applications for the Community Celebrations program are reviewed quarterly. The current intake is open until March 15. Applications for large and small capital projects and special initiatives are currently closed.

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