Partner 4 Growth 2018/19

Community Development's Single Window Application 
Municipal Relations will be investing over $20.0M in community development for the 2018-19 fiscal year. We are excited to announce a streamlined, updated single window intake for the following five Community Development programs: Community Places Program, Hometown Manitoba, Neighbourhoods Alive! Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, Neighbourhoods Alive! Community Initiative and Partner 4 Growth.
Applications for projects were submitted through a single window intake that closed May 28, 2018. Grant funding will be based on completion of identified and approved eligible project expenses incurred on or before March 31, 2019.
Successful applications will be on planning, building and sustaining communities that address one of the five following areas:
  • Projects that support women's empowerment / support women in vulnerable situations;
  • Projects that enable economic development / align with regional development strategies;
  • Key repair of high priority assets;
  • Community Initiatives - community, heritage, tourism and recreation facilities and projects;
  • Social Innovation - examples include support for social enterprises, projects that include a social return on investment (SROI) evaluation and projects that target measurable social outcomes. 
 As overarching criteria, the applications must meet at least four of the following criteria:
  • Addresses one or more of the five identified provincial priorities 
  • Includes a partnership of two or more organizations 
  • Leverages other funds (e.g. private, community, other level of government)
  • Identifies clear outcome goals as well as measures to assess success 
  • Clear demonstration of the value for investment (return on investment/social return on investment analysis)
  • First time applicant
Projects that meet the overarching criteria will then be considered under individual program eligibility criteria. For Partner 4 Growth these include:
  • Innovation in strengthening the regional or provincial economy
  • Creating or supporting a regional economic development plan
The Partner 4 Growth program provides cost shared funding to identify and pursue rural economic development opportunities based on community or regional strategic advantages which will assist communities and regions to strengthen or diversify economic activity.
Eligible applicants include:
  • rural Manitoba municipalities, towns, cities, local government districts, Northern Affairs communities and settlements, and First Nations communities
  • not-for-profit organizations outside the City of Winnipeg
  • regional economic development agencies, community development corporations, Chambers of Commerce, industry associations, tourism and cultural associations

Projects must be of a regional nature and must impact more than one local government geographic area.


  • Applicants can receive up to a maximum of $10,000 for projects that identify strategic economic opportunities and the feasibility of economic opportunities. Projects will be cost shared on a 50/50 basis.
  • Applicants can receive up to a maximum of $25,000 for projects that are intended to implement activities to pursue strategic economic opportunities. Projects will be cost shared on a 50/50 basis.
  • Applicants can receive up to a maximum of $75,000 for projects pertaining to activities that are multi-regional or provincially-scoped. Projects will be cost shared on a 25/75 basis with 25% applicant/participating partners funding matched with 75% of program funding.

Advance payment of 75% of the total approved provincial contribution is issued upon project approval. The remaining balance is provided upon receipt of an approved final report.

Eligible costs for projects include:
  •  labour and materials
  •  operational cost for equipment
  • equipment and/or machinery costs
  • administration costs (must be documented and receipts provided)
  • promotional materials
  • rental or lease of facilities
Ineligible costs for projects include:
  • administrative and staffing costs associated with the execution of the participating partner’s regular activities
  • capital items
  • costs of establishing or re-establishing a commercial operation
  • Good and Services Tax, value-added taxes, or other items for which a refund or rebate is eligible to be received
  • hospitality and travel expenditures beyond Province of Manitoba guidelines or gifts associated with the hosting of events
  • out of province travel expenditures
  • profit
  • any other expenditure which, at the discretion of the program administrator, is deemed to be ineligible
  • project expenses incurred prior to April 26, 2018 are not eligible

 The Hometown Manitoba and Partner 4 Growth 2018-2019 Webinar Includes:
 -        A review of the Provincial Priority Areas identified and how that relates to existing community development programs
-        A list of programs currently accepting application for 2018-2019
-        Detailed information on the Hometown Manitoba and Partner 4 Growth from the Program Administrators
-        Q & A session

Ann Ransom
Program Administrator - Partner 4 Growth
Telephone: 204-648-4116

How your application will be selected
Manitoba Municipal Relations will review the applications on a case by case basis. Factors considered in the selection of participants will include, but not be limited to:
  • applicant meets eligibility requirements
  • project meets program objective(s) and meets at least 4 of the overarching criteria
  • project advances one, or more of the provincial priority areas
  • applicant has sufficient organizational capacity to carry out the project
  • project is Innovative in strengthening the regional or provincial economy
  • project creates or supports a regional economic development plan

Approved applicants
All eligible expenses must be incurred on or before March 31, 2019.  Approved applicants must agree to submit a final report within 45 days of project completion or by April 30, 2019.  The final report will include financial statements, supporting documentation and outcomes achieved


When you receive money from other sources while working the approved project
Approved applicants are required to disclose any additional government funding to the program administrator.
Total federal contributions cannot exceed 75% of project costs. Total provincial contributions cannot exceed 50% of the project costs.

When your plans change after your application has been approved
Approved applicants are required to disclose any changes to the proposed project to the program administrator. Implementation of any intended changes must be pre-approved by the program administrator.

Inspections and Audits
As stated in the terms and conditions, verification and on-site audits may be conducted.