Province responds to concerns and expands Urban/Hometown Green Team program –


The Manitoba government is reversing funding cuts to its Urban/Hometown Green Team program.

We recently reported that many organizations, such as summer camps, were caught off guard when their applications for this year were either rejected or approved only at significantly lower amounts than in previous years.

“We are trying to balance the budget at the provincial level,” Premier Wab Kinew explained when asked what the reason was for cutting program support. “We have a pretty big deficit and we are trying to get it under control.”

Since then, the Prime Minister said, his government has met with the organizations affected and listened to their concerns. This week, it announced it would top up the fund by an additional $300,000. This money, he said, will help fill some of these gaps or ensure that additional funding is available so these organizations can move forward with the valuable initiatives they are launching over the summer.

“When we talk about camps or baseball programs, about initiatives to get kids and teenagers working, these are things that we know are good investments,” Kinew said.

“We hope that by responding to the concerns, we demonstrate, first of all, that we are listening and responding to the things that are being raised. But I think most importantly, we can make sure that there are resources that can help, whether it's a kid going to camp, a kid out mowing the grass at a baseball field or doing maintenance at a community center.”

This additional funding will be made available this summer, and the Prime Minister said the Department of Community Relations is working to notify the organizations and disburse the grants.