The province is now accepting applications to the Indigenous and Northern Initiatives grant program, Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke announced today.
“Our government is pleased to offer grant funding to support meaningful and concrete action to advance reconciliation in our province,” said Clarke. “Whether it is an existing initiative or something never done before, we want to hear from you and help make a difference.”
The Indigenous and Northern Initiatives grant program provides funding for projects and initiatives led by Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations and communities. First Nations communities, Northern Affairs communities, organizations and businesses are encouraged to form partnerships and apply.
Priority will be given to projects that:
- improve relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Manitoba;
- improve the quality of life for Indigenous peoples, particularly with respect to economic development, job creation and educational initiatives;
- support activities that align with the Path to Reconciliation Act, (http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/ccsm/r030-5e.php), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action (http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf), and/or the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/declaration-on-the-rights-of-indigenous-peoples.html); and
- show clear, concrete and positive project benefits that align with the priorities of government as expressed in the provincial speech from the throne(www.gov.mb.ca/thronespeech/), ministerial mandate letters (www.gov.mb.ca/openmb/infomb/ministerials.html), the 100-Day Action Plan (www.manitoba.ca/asset_library/en/proactive/100-day-action-plan-letter.pdf), and other provincial strategies and priorities.
The Indigenous and Northern Initiatives grant program is designed to support small grants of up to $25,000, but consideration will be given to larger proposals that demonstrate significant partnerships and the potential for exceptional regional or provincial impact, the minister said. Only single-year projects will be considered and the application deadline is Feb. 7.
To learn more about the grant program and apply, visit:
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