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Manitoba Government Allocates $1.6 Million for Heritage Sector Initiatives


Manitoba Government Allocates $1.6 Million for Heritage Sector Initiatives
$1.6 Million for Heritage Sector Initiatives in Manitoba

Winnipeg, January 16, 2024 - In a commitment to preserve and celebrate the rich history of the province, Manitoba's Sport, Culture, Heritage, and Tourism Minister, Glen Simard, announced an investment of more than $1.6 million in funding for various heritage sector initiatives. The announcement underscores the government's dedication to supporting the preservation and promotion of Manitoba's unique heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.


Minister Simard expressed the significance of acknowledging the past while laying the foundation for a brighter future, saying, "Manitobans know that we should be proud to celebrate our past through heritage initiatives, while our government continues to make investments for a brighter future. By building and recognizing our past, we are able to chart a path for continued growth in our province and make life better for all Manitobans. I'm excited that our government is taking steps to ensure a bright future for our heritage initiatives that tell the stories of this province."


These investments will provide crucial financial support to community groups and initiatives dedicated to preserving and promoting Manitoba's rich heritage sector. The initiatives receiving funding in 2024 include:


  • Community Museum Project Support Program: A grant of $240,000 is available with an application deadline of February 4, 2024.

  • Heritage Resources Conservation Grant: An allocation of $868,000 is available, and the deadline for applications has been extended to March 1, 2024.

  • Heritage Grants Program: A total of $395,300 is available, with the first intake deadline on January 31, 2024, and a second intake deadline on June 1, 2024.

  • Military Memorials Conservation Grant: A grant of $163,000 is available with a deadline of February 15, 2024.


David Pankratz, the special envoy for military affairs, expressed his enthusiasm for the Military Memorials Conservation Grant, stating, "I'm thrilled to work with Minister Simard and the entire team at Sport, Culture, Heritage and Tourism on initiatives such as these, which honor our brave service men and women. Programs like these align with our government's commitment to support all Manitobans."


The Military Memorials Conservation Grant is open to individuals, organizations, and businesses, including local governments, provided they commit to the long-term preservation of a memorial and obtain appropriate authorizations from the memorial's owner or community to carry out the work.


Minister Simard reiterated the government's pride in supporting the outstanding work of various heritage organizations across the province, saying, "Our government is proud to continue to support the outstanding work of various heritage organizations across our province. I want to thank all of the current and future applicants who have done such an incredible job telling and sharing the story of our province for generations to come."


These investments reflect Manitoba's commitment to preserving its rich heritage and fostering a sense of pride and connection to the past among its residents. The government's dedication to heritage initiatives is a testament to its belief in the importance of preserving and celebrating the history that shapes Manitoba's identity.

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