2016 Hometown Manitoba Program Notice

GRANTS AVAILABLE TO DOWNTOWN AND “MAIN STREET” BUSINESSES

If your business or organization is located on Saskatchewan Avenue and 2 blocks North and South of Saskatchewan Avenue, or on Provincial Hwy 240 within City limits you may be eligible to access matching funds under the Hometown Manitoba Program as well as from the City of Portage for exterior building improvements and/or landscaping projects.

Since 2007, approximately 80 businesses have shared in grants to assist the completion of $550,000 in projects designed to enhance the exterior appeal of their businesses.  $67,000 was approved under the Hometown Manitoba Main Streets Enhancement program and another $60,000 through funds made available by the City of Portage la Prairie.

Hometown Main Streets Enhancements will contribute up to 50% of total eligible projects costs, to a maximum of $1,000.  The applicant will make up the balance of eligible costs, in cash.  In-kind costs are not eligible and the Provincial deadline for applications is December 15, 2015.  Specific programs details are outlined in the Hometown Manitoba Program Guide and application form.

Details on how to access these grants and what eligibility requirements must be met are detailed in the attachment.

Deadline for local application submission is Wednesday, December 9, 2015 in order that all applications can be forwarded to the Province prior to the final December 15, 2015 deadline.  Work cannot begin until approval is confirmed, usually by the end of March or later.  Applications are available for pick up at the Chamber office, City Hall and at the receptionist area at Portage Credit Union, 19 Royal Road N. branch.

A sample application is included here.