A total of $2.8 million in new funding for conservation projects has been announced by the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.
The funds are coming from the province’s Conservation Trust, one of the endowments of $204 million made by the province and financially managed by the Winnipeg Foundation.
MHHC selects the projects to be funded, and chose 23 projects, delivered by 20 Manitoba-based conservation groups.
“These funds provide new opportunities to improve land, water, wildlife and soil conservation across the province,” said Tim Sopuck, chief executive officer of MHHC, in a prepared release. Projects supported include:
- $240,000 to the Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association to conserve wetlands and develop grasslands and forages on surrounding croplands to improve soil health, water and nutrient capture and wildlife habitat.
- $300,000 to the Association of Manitoba Community Pastures to improve grassland health and biological diversity in a major Manitoba Community Pasture.
- $86,000 to the Delta Waterfowl Foundation to conserve wetlands and enhance waterfowl production.
- $50,000 to Seven Oaks School Division — Ozhaawashkwaa AnimikiiBineshi Aki Onji Kinimaagae’ Inun (Blue Thunderbird Land-Based Teachings Learning Centre or Aki Centre) to support Indigenous tall grass prairie establishment.
“An additional $6.2 million dedicated to watershed-based conservation projects is available to be awarded in June, bringing total grant funding available from the trusts to $9.0 million in 2021,” said Sopuck.
Since inception of the trusts, beginning in 2018, a total of $12.5 million has been committed to 107 conservation projects delivered by 45 Manitoba-based groups.
MHHC was established in 1986 as a provincial Crown corporation to conserve fish and wildlife habitat in Manitoba. It recently transitioned out of government and is now a private, not-for-profit charitable organization.