The Manitoba government is making up to $8.6 million available for Manitoba-based groups to support conservation projects. The funding is being made available through the Conservation Trust, GROW Trust, and Wetlands GROW Trusts.

“The permanent endowment funds we have created ensure we are able to invest in worthy projects year after year, no matter the financial pressures Manitoba faces,” said Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen. “The work being accomplished through these funds is ensuring Manitoba remains Canada’s cleanest, greenest, and most climate-resilient province.”

The trusts support projects that enhance ecological goods and services through activities such as wetland restoration, small water retention projects, grassland planting, and tree planting. Over time, the aim is to increase climate resilience by delivering projects that reduce flooding, improve water quality, sequester carbon, restore soil health, and enhance wildlife habitat.

Eligible applicants are able to apply in six funding categories:

  • GRowing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW).
  • Watersheds projects separate from GROW.
  • Habitats and wildlife.
  • Soil health.
  • Innovation and conservation planning.
  • Connecting people to nature.

“These new dollars are driving new and important conservation activity across the province,” said Tim Sopuck, chief executive officer of the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.

The Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation manages the granting programs that administer revenue for the trusts.

More information on the trusts and details on the application process and criteria can be found here.

Image Credit: Tony Webster.

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