Manitoba Theatre Centre (Grajewski Fotograph Inc.)
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced a fundraising boost to several Winnipeg arts organizations courtesy of the federal government.
10 local groups will receive funding through the Winnipeg Foundation, the Prairie Theatre Exchange Foundation Trust and the Manitoba Theatre Centre Foundation.
"Our government is proud to support many of Winnipeg's reputable arts organizations," said Minister Toews. "By matching one dollar for every dollar donated by the private sector, we are helping ensure the long-term financial stability of these arts organizations."
A total of $1,015,150 in funding will be invested and managed by the three foundations. LuAnn Lovlin is director of communications at the Winnipeg Foundation, she said, ""At the Winnipeg Foundation, we see every day the impact these and so many other charitable organizations have on our community.
"This is a long standing program that the federal government has offered to help support arts organization in the community," Lovlin said. "Every year they have resources available, the arts organizations make applications and depending on the number, the resources are spread around."
But the funds aren't allocated equally. In order to be eligible for a portion of the funding, arts groups also had to match the contribution they were asking for prior to submitting their applications.
Groups who submitted successful applications are Jazz Winnipeg, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Manitoba Opera Association, Plug In ICA, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg Centennial Folk Festival, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Sarasvati Productions, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.
The funding finds its way to Winnipeg through the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund.
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