Non-profit, volunteer, community-service, social-service, recreation, and health-related organizations in Manitoba will benefit from more than $2 million in provincial support for Manitoba’s Community Services Council (MCSC), Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, minister responsible for volunteers, announced today.  

Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross

Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross

“The organizations receiving funding through MCSC contribute to building healthy communities and improve the quality of life in Manitoba,” said Irvin-Ross.  “Our investments in non-profit cultural and recreational organizations make a difference across Manitoba.” 

“On behalf of our volunteer council, it is truly a privilege to have a role in the success of volunteer communities across the province through MCSC’s peer review granting process,” said Bob Ashuk, MCSC’s volunteer chair.  “The positive impact this funding has on strengthening grassroots non-profit organizations across Manitoba is immeasurable.  The tremendous amount of work undertaken by volunteer organizations, truly make Manitoba a vibrant and healthy community.” 

The Manitoba Community Services Council awards grants to successful applicants in the form of monies, bingos or a combination of the two.  Funding supports child-care centres and schools as well as programs for children and youth, culture/art/heritage, family and community and recreation. 

MCSC was established by the provincial government and was entrusted with the job of supporting volunteer organizations across Manitoba.  The MCSC Volunteer Council is composed of 18 members, nine from Winnipeg and nine from areas across the province.  Through their dedicated efforts, support, and expertise they volunteer over 1,500 hours each year reviewing applications, the minister said. 

“We take great pride in the strength of our voluntary sector,” said Irvin-Ross.  “Volunteers make a tremendous contribution to our province.” 

Since 1984, with funding provided by the Manitoba government, MCSC has provided over 9,000 grants worth $73 million to communities across the entire province. 

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