Community Incentives

April 03, 2020
We understand the uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic has brought, and are here to ensure we continue helping local groups and organizations supporting our community members in these times.

Today we are launching the Spring Intake for the 2020 Program, hoping to be able to balance your urgent needs with enough time to prepare your applications before the intake deadline. Please let us know in your application if your project responds to the need to adapt your community engagement to this crisis.

This will not be the only intake for the year, although the Central Neighbourhoods Advisory Committee has not made a definitive decision on when another or more intakes will open, to remain flexible to the ever-changing public health situation around us and ensure that funds are available to community groups when they need it.

On our end, we are adapting our work to public health guidelines of physical distancing, and are limiting all in person contacts. If you are unable to complete an application online, please call us at 204-802-2063 to make arrangements. We are planning an online workshop to support those who have questions on the Program; we will be posting information on this page.

We will communicate with all applicants on next steps through the contact details provided in the application. Successful applicants can expect to receive their first cheque by the end of May.

Thank you for your work!

The Program

The Community Incentives Program is supported by the Province of Manitoba. The objective of the program 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.

Approved applicants will receive a portion of their allocated funds upon the approval of their applications, and the remainder of the funds will be reimbursed upon receipt of a full report and copies of expense receipts.

To qualify for the Incentive, the project must:

  • 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;
  • be sponsored by local groups (not individuals);
  • 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 relate to the proposed community use;
  • must be completed by February 26, 2021.

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

Eligible costs include materials and supplies, equipment or other rentals and staffing costs, but cannot be used for stipends or honoraria for participation.


Reporting on 2020-2021 Projects 

Successful applicants are requested to submit a report within a month from project completion or by February 26, 2021, whichever comes first.

Reports must be submitted online only, a link will be provided on this page.

Copies of receipts or other proof of expenses must be submitted by mail or in person at 231 Isabel Street. You are encouraged to keep copies of receipts for your records.

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.

2020-2021 Deadlines

In 2020 there will be multiple intakes. At this uncertain time caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are only announcing a Spring Intake.

Spring Deadline: May 15, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

While there will be the possibility to apply again, other Intake Deadlines have not yet been announced.

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

Now Accepting Spring Applications

To apply for the Spring Intake, please fill out the form at this link:

More Information

If you missed our webinar, click here to access presentation slides and application questionnaire.

Still have questions?  We're here to help.

Contact Mareike via e-mail at or by phone at

CSG20 Spring Webinar


Do you still have questions about the Spring Intake for 2020? Join us online for a webinar. We look forward to seeing you!

Friday May 8, 2020, 11 AM on Google Meet



Did you miss the webinar? Click here to access all the information you may have missed.

Central Community Incentives Recipients


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


2019-2020 cont.

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