Brandon receives $2.5 million to upgrade outdoor sports field complex

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The Manitoba government is investing $4.4 million in the Westman region through the Arts, Culture and Sport in Community Fund to 43 projects to increase access to high-quality arts, culture and sport programming to build stronger communities, Deputy Premier Cliff Cullen announced here today.

“The Westman community is bursting with culture, art and sports, and these investments continue to build more vibrant spaces that are accessible and have a lasting impact,” said Cullen. “Today’s investment provides significant economic impact, while bringing together Westman communities.”

The Arts, Culture and Sport in Community (ACSC) Fund supports the development and renewal of spaces and facilities needed for arts, culture and amateur sport programming and activity.

“Brandon and the entire Westman region serve as an important cultural and sports hub for Manitoba and investing in these communities supports the health and well-being of Manitobans,” said Cullen. “These investments advance key initiatives that encourage continued growth of our economy and support.”

The City of Brandon received $2.5 million to upgrade the outdoor sports field complex including soccer fields, lighting, parking lot, clubhouse, site furniture and public announcement system though the Large Capital Grants Program.

“On behalf of the City of Brandon, we thank the Manitoba government for their contributions in arts, culture, sports and heritage and making Brandon a stronger and more livable city than ever,” said Mayor Jeff Fawcett, City of Brandon.

The Large Capital Grants Program aims improve the quality, accessibility and availability of local facilities that support arts, culture and amateur sport activities and programs. This program funded two projects worth $3.0 million in the Westman region including Brandon Riverbank Inc. in upgrading the sculpture gardens, the Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester in building a new aquatic centre, and Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum in upgrading the museum.

The Small Capital Grants and Special Initiatives Program funded 33 projects worth $1.3 million in the Westman region, including Hockey Brandon to start subsidize children’s entry into hockey, Western Manitoba Regional Library to acquire more accessible furniture, and Rivers Train Station to install and repair two murals.

These programs support initiatives such as organizational development opportunities, training, technology, volunteer and equipment development, and those opportunities that will increase participation and engagement in arts, culture or sport programming.

For more information on the Arts, Culture and Sport in Community Fund and to see the full list of projects receiving support, visit www.manitoba.ca/acsc.