On May 10, the Manitoba government announced it was providing $750,000 in funding to the Manitoba Camping Association (MCA) to support eligible overnight camps that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Manitoba children benefit from being outdoors and the learning experiences overnight camps offer,” said Honourable Eileen Clarke, Minister of Municfipal Relations. “We recognize the importance of community-based organizations in building thriving and sustainable communities across the province. These funds will help camps mitigate the financial impacts of COVID-19 and support their continued operations.”
The one-time funding grants, up to a maximum of $50,000 per camp, can be used to offset financial impacts experienced by camps due to the pandemic. This includes financial strain due to closures and implementing services under conditions of public health orders. It will also help support future recovery efforts, noted the minister. Eligible costs will include fixed operating costs such as property taxes, utilities and insurance.
“I’m thrilled that the diligent work the MCA did advocating for our camps has been rewarded through sector-specific funding,” said Kim Scherger, executive director, Manitoba Camping Association. “I believe camp makes people better and this funding will aid in making camps better for campers.”