Authored by: Ellen Smirl

Grant: Partnering for Change: Community-Based Solutions for Aboriginal and Inner-City Poverty - 2012-2019
Category: Education, Training, and Capacity Building


Emerging out of conversation and collaboration with community-based partners we examine the issue most pressing to them. This year we heard that community-based organizations (CBOs) are  confused and uncertain about the government’s spending review. Many organizations don’t know whether they will continue to receive funding from multi-year agreements signed through the government’s Non-Profit Organization (NPO) Strategy (currently under review), or the more than $600 million pledged to organizations by the previous government. Some CBOs have had their funding paused, while others continue to receive funding but much later than originally promised, leaving many CBOs scrambling. Some have had to lay off staff, while others are running lines of credit to keep their programs running. Needless to say this is a precarious situation, not just for CBOs, but more importantly for the vulnerable Manitobans who have come to rely on their services.

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