Community Incentives

The objective of the Community Incentives is to connect residents of the Central Neighbourhoods (Central Park, Centennial, and West Alexander), build community capacity, and promote community well-being.  Activities, events, initiatives, and programs may receive incentives up to a maximum of $5,000. The Community Incentives Program is supported by the Province of Manitoba.

To qualify for the Incentive, the project must:

  • Be coordinated, managed and/or sponsored by a local community group, non-profit, or organization (businesses, retailers and individuals are not eligible)
  • Take place in and benefit the residents of Central Park, Centennial and West Alexander neighbourhoods;
  • Reflect the program objective of community building and community connecting;
  • Have identified support of local residents;
  • Not be used for capital improvements to private property unless the property has been made available, free of charge, for community use, and the improvements impact the broader community;
  • Be completed by February 25, 2022.

Projects We Fund

Projects must support community connecting and address one or more of the following:

  • Capacity Building (Examples: outreach activities such as consultations, newsletters and meetings)
  • Community Stability (Examples: beautification activities such as community gardens, murals and clean-ups)
  • Well-being (Examples: social/recreational activities such as festivals, and after-school activities);
  • Community Connecting (Examples: Activities that connect community members or brings the community together, like support groups or clubs)
  • Economic Development (Examples: skill building activities, workshops and employment/volunteer development)

Examples of eligible projects: block parties, community celebrations, neighbourhood cleanups, community gardens and other such projects that support community connecting. 

What the fund can be spent on

Eligible expenses include:

  • Materials, supplies and equipment for a program
  • Rentals (equipment, space rental, etc.) 
  • Transportation
  • Short-term contracts* (for project staff, consultants, etc)
  • Honorariums** (for volunteers, artists, etc.)
  • Food (nutrition / refreshments for an event or workshop)
  • Capital purchases (if equipment / purchase remains with the organization or group)

*May cover a short-term contact for staff for the project. Cannot be used for existing staff or wages
**Honorariums are defined as single, nominal, monetary or material payment for contribution to an activity/event accessible to community members free of charge. Payments in return for participation are not eligible.

Ineligible Expenses

  • Wages or salaries (cannot go to permanent or existing staff wages)
  • Stipends or honorariums / gifts for participation (no incentives for participation)
  • Supplies or equipment given to an individual
  • Food (groceries for families, groceries for hampers)

Approved applicants will receive 75% of their funds upon the approval of their application. The remainder of the funds will be sent to the applicants as a reimbursement, once the written report and full budget has been provided, along with copies of expense receipts.

How to Apply

There are two intakes for the program, in May and August. Submit an online application.

May 25, 2021 at 12pm (noon) *CLOSED*

Spring Intake Application is Closed >>

August 17, 2021 at 12pm (noon) *OPEN NOW*


We appreciate your cooperation in applying for the intake that best fits your project timeline. If your project starts after the summer, please look out for the next intake announcement.

Preparing Your Application

Download the questions to help you prepare your content for the online application. We recommend that you type your responses in a Word or Google Doc and copy and paste into the online application form.

DOWNLOAD Application Questions>>

Applicants will have the opportunity to present about their proposal to the selection committee. Applicants are strongly encouraged to present to the committee through an online meeting, with an opportunity to answer questions the committee may have.

Reporting Requirements

Successful applicants are requested to submit a report within a month from project completion or by February 25, 2022, whichever comes first. Click on the link below to submit your report.

Online Report Form

Copies of receipts or other proof of expenses must be submitted to Central Neighbourhoods by the same deadline of February 25, 2022. You are encouraged to keep copies of receipts for your records. 

Due to COVID-19, we encourage you to provide your receipts through a non-contact option: You may drop off copies of all your receipts into our mailbox, or mail them to "Central Neighbourhoods" at 231 Isabel St, R3A 1H2 Winnipeg, MB. Please do not email large files. Thank you!

Expenses not accounted for with a receipt won't be accepted and won't be reimbursed. Please contact us if you are not sure about proof of expenses.

We also require photos and other documents to be submitted electronically with your reports. Please make sure you have obtained photo and video release forms from project participants. The media provided might be made public.

2021-2022 Deadlines

Spring Intake Deadline: May 25, 2021 at 12pm (noon)

Summer Intake Deadline: August 17, 2021 at 12pm (noon)

Projects must be completed by February 25, 2022.


Accepting Applications

We are currently taking applications. Applications are submitted online.

Click here to apply >>

PDF of questions to help you prepare: DOWNLOAD PDF

2021 Report Form

Reporting must take place within 30 days after completing the project, or by Feb 25, 2022. Whichever comes first.

Complete the online report here >>

Please note that reports are only accepted by completing a Google Form.

See Reporting Requirements section for more details.

More Information

Attend the online info session

Wed May 19 @ 12:30pm - 1:30pm
(Details to join at bottom of page.)

Contact the Central Neighbourhoods Director via e-mail at

Summer intake is open


Spring Info Session

Wednesday May 19 @ 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Missed it? No stress. Check out our presentation slides:

Spring 2021 Info Session Slides >>


Summer Info Session

Wednesday, August 11 at 12pm - 1pm

Online Session: Hosted on Google Meet

Click here to join the online session >>

Google Meet joining info
Video call link:

Or dial: ‪(CA) +1 289-323-6123‬ PIN: ‪492 473 176‬#
More phone numbers:


Check out the 2020 slides for more information. Click here to access the presentation slides.

Email director(at)cnwpg(dot)org if you need to receive more information or clarifications.

Central Community Incentive Recipients 2020-2021

Artbeat Studio: Together, Apart

Filipino Women's Initiatives: 3 Stars and a Wish

HOODSFAM: New Skills Journey

IRCOM: Greening Program

NEEDS: Hot Meals and Snacks for NEEDS Centre Programs

Somali Community Outreach Centre: Summer Program

Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre: Moon Festival 2020



Central Community Incentive Recipients 2019-2020

Artbeat Studio: Synectics: The Fine Art of Inclusivity; Community Rhythm Circle

Aurora Family Therapy Centre: Newcomer Adult Support Group in Central

Bar None: Prison Rideshare

Canadian African Muslim Women's Association: Cooking, Zumba, childminding and Drumming

Centennial Community Improvement Association: Gord Dong Park Grand Opening & Community Celebration

Central Neighbourhoods: Beautification Projects

Circles For Reconciliation: Central Circle

CPFP Central Park Foot Patrol: Central Park Foot Patrol

Daniel McIntyre St. Matthews Community Association: Arts and Sharps

Dufferin School: Dufferin's Room 1 Family chefs



Artbeat Studio: The Drumming Circle: Building Community through Music

Burton Cummings Community Centre: BCCC Seniors Program

CPFP Central Park Foot Patrol: Central Park Foot Patrol

Dufferin School: Make n Take Nutrition Program

Gang Action Interagency Network: Ceasefire Interrupter Outreach Project

Graffiti Art Programming: Central Hub Mural

Heart Smart CPR & First Aid: Free CPR and First Aid Training for Central Residents

Immigrant Integration & Farming Community Co-operative: Rainbow Community Gardens Winter Program

Mosaic Newcomer Family Resource Network: Central Park Community Kitchen


African Communities of Manitoba Inc. (ACOMI): Umoja - Community Engagement Project

Art From The Heart: 17th Art from the Heart Show and Sale

Artbeat Studio: Community Participatory Art Project; Performance Mentorship Project: Music to Strengthen Social Bonds

Burton Cummings Community Centre: BCCC Seniors Program

Centennial Community Improvement Association: Make a Friend Project

Dufferin School: Parent Room Laundry Project; Learn to Skate Program

Gang Action Interagency Network: Ceasefire Interrupter Outreach Project

Hugh John Macdonald School: Students Cooking Nutrition and Hands-on Development Skills Project

Filipino Women's Initiative: Livelihood Skills Training and Community Connections

Gang Action Interagency Network: Ceasefire Interrupter Outreach Project

Immigrant Integration & Farming Community Co-operative: Rainbow Community Gardens Winter Program

NEEDS: NEEDS Centre Holiday Party for Newcomer Families

Neighbourhood Empowerment and Resource Centre: Capacity Building Initiative

Somali Community Outreach Centre: Youth Summer Programming

South Sudanese Community Centre: Community Centre Murals; Community Celebration

Sunshine House: Gizhiwenimin Initiative

Winnipeg Architecture Foundation: Explore Central Park Kids Activity Guide



2018-2019 cont.

NEEDS: NEEDS Centre Holiday Party for Newcomer Families

Neighbourhood Empowerment and Resource Centre: Capacity Building Initiatives for Newcomer Youth

One Nation Exchange: Intercultural Sewing Initiative

Sunshine House: Spread the Sunshine; Bring 'Em To The House

Winnipeg Central Park Women's Resource Centre: Tie-Dye Batik Project

Winnipeg Inner City Missions: First Steps to Employment Project

Winnipeg School Division, Indigenous Education and Newcomer Services Department: Generational Storytelling

West Alexander Residents Association: Connecting Residents and Investing in the Future


2017-2018 cont.

Immigrant Integration & Farming Community Co-operative: Rainbow Community Gardens Winter Program

Neighbourhood Empowerment and Resource Centre: Capacity Building Initiatives for Newcomer Youth; Manitoba Youth Forum

Pinkham School: Family Fun Nights/Parent Council Meetings

Social Planning Council Winnipeg: UMOJA Consultations on Police Newcomer Relationships

Sunshine House: Room to Grow

Winnipeg Central Park Women's Resource Centre: Eat Well and Physical Activity for Healthy Living

West Alexander Residents Association: West Alexander Community Build