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MB Camping Association receives $750,000 in funding

By: Q Country/Star FM News
Posted: February 18, 2022 10:05

Money to support recovery from pandemic shutdowns

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The Manitoba government is providing $750,000 in funding to the Manitoba Camping Association (MCA), to support a COVID-19 economic recovery plan for eligible overnight camps throughout Manitoba.

Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke said "Manitoba children benefit from the exposure to the outdoors and the learning experiences overnight camps offer, and we recognize the importance of community-based organizations in building thriving and sustainable communities across the province. These funds will help camps survive the financial impacts of COVID-19 and support their continued operations." 

The minister noted the one-time funding grant will be used to offset financial impacts experienced by camps due to COVID-19. This includes financial strain due to closures and implementing services under conditions of public health orders. It will also help support future recovery efforts. Eligible costs will include fixed operating costs such as taxes, utilities and insurance. 

"The MCA has been working diligently with the Manitoba government to make this happen," said Kim Sherger, executive director, Manitoba Camping Association. "The funding will help many camps that have been hit hard by the pandemic as a first step to recovery and we are grateful to the Manitoba government for making this funding available." 

The MCA develops and maintains standards for organized camping in Manitoba, and is a registered charity that provides financial support to children and youth whose families experience financial barriers that prevent them from participating in healthy recreation activities. Each year, the MCA sends around 600 children to various camp programs throughout Manitoba and northwestern Ontario through its Sunshine Fund. 

For additional information on MCA activities and to inquire about funding support, call 204-784-1130 or visit www.mbcamping.ca 

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