July 8, 2021
The Manitoba government is once again accepting applications for the Conservation and Climate Fund and has increased the size of the fund by 66 per cent, Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard announced last week.
“As Manitoba continues to restart its economy and create jobs, we want to ensure we remain on track to becoming Canada’s cleanest, greenest and most climate-resilient province,” said Guillemard. “This fund will generate new project ideas for a cleaner environment, climate adaptation and low-carbon economic growth supporting emission reductions under our Carbon Savings Account as well as green economic recovery.”
This year, the fund has been increased to $1 million for local green initiatives that support key priorities of the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. Last year’s $600,000 fund supported eight Manitoba organizations. Their projects addressed sustainable food production, community composting, clean energy, active transportation, climate adaptation of wetlands and nutrient reduction in the Lake Winnipeg basin.
The application criteria are drawn from the pillars and keystones of the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. Grants will be available for projects that support current priorities and fit in one or more of the categories of climate and green technology, water, and nature and resilient landscapes.
Eligible applicants include incorporated non-profit organizations, academic and educational institutions, municipalities, businesses, and northern and Indigenous communities.
Applications will be assessed and ranked on established criteria and projected outcomes to ensure a strong performance-based approach, the minister noted. The assessment process is led by the Climate and Green Plan Implementation Office, which leans on the advice of partner departments for technical expertise. The application intake is now live and will close on July 22. Only eligible applications received during the declared intake period will be assessed and only one application may be submitted by each applicant during the intake.
This announcement supports the government’s ongoing commitment to green initiatives that align with the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, the minister said, noting the Conservation and Climate Fund is easily accessible via Manitoba GO (Manitoba Grants Online), a one-stop portal that provides convenient access to a variety of provincial grants. For information on the Conservation and Climate Fund and how to apply, visit www.gov.mb.ca/grants/grant-name.html.
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