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Rural foundation funding extended

The Winnipeg Foundation now has three additional years of funding to help pay for the business support services it provides to Manitoba’s rural community foundations, Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn has announced.

“I’m pleased to extend provincial funding of $100,000 per year to 2014 to help with the cost of business management assistance, technical support and administrative services the regional foundations receive from the Winnipeg Foundation along with its expertise,” Kostyshyn said in a release.

Manitoba’s 48 registered community foundations provide grants to charitable organizations and initiatives such as palliative-care centres, rural theatres, local museums and local recreational programs.

The Winnipeg Foundation, Canada’s first community foundation, draws on its more than 90 years of experience and expertise in endowment building to provide financial management and administration assistance at a modest cost to rural foundations. It also offers services such as training workshops, strategic planning and administrative grants for its rural counterparts.

“Rural foundations provide invaluable community-building services to Manitoba,” said Rick Frost, CEO, the Winnipeg Foundation. “The fact that we have 25 per cent of all the community foundations in Canada here in our province is a clear reflection of the value Manitobans place on supporting their hometowns through their local community foundation. We are pleased to continue to work with the province to further support these efforts.”

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