Thursday, August 15, 2013

August 15, 2013 CULTURAL CENTRES TO BENEFIT FROM NEW FUNDING – – – Province Supports Winnipeg's Rich Cultural Heritage: Lemieux Four pillars of cultural communities will receive funding for upgrades thanks to the new Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program, Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux announced today at the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre. “Manitoba is very fortunate to have such a rich cultural diversity that allows us to experience the heritage, culture, traditions and history of so many different nations,” said Lemieux. “The cultural centres established by these groups provide them with a focal point to celebrate their identity and we are pleased to provide support and encouragement for their participation in our community life.” The Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre will receive $100,000 to renovate its gymnasium and front entrance, as well as upgrade its washrooms and library. The Italian Canadian Centre of Manitoba will receive $100,000 to make improvements to its kitchen, restaurant and lounge area, as well as its conference centre. Le Club Belge will receive $30,000 towards upgrading its washroom facilities and the Council of South Sudanese Communities of Manitoba will receive $9,000 to renovate its community kitchen. Budget 2013 and the Manitoba Building and Renewal Plan committed $7.5 million over the next three years for the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program. This new initiative is providing grants for projects that will provide long-term recreational and wellness benefits to communities “As each ethnic community keeps its history alive for future generations, it reflects cultural pride and the valuable contribution its members make to Manitoba’s multicultural community,” said Lemieux. “Your insight and dedication to strengthening the cross-cultural bonds is essential to a dynamic and prosperous future for Manitoba and Canada.” The first application intake for the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program began on May 22 making grants available for projects such as libraries, swimming pools and splash pads, parks, trails, community centres, sports facilities including arenas and gymnasiums, as well as other community infrastructure facilities. The first application intake has closed and details on the next intake will be announced on the program’s website. More information about the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program is available at - 30 -

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