Grant applications are now being accepted for the Urban/Hometown Green Team program, which allows organizations to hire youth between the ages of 15 and 29 for summer jobs across Manitoba, Municipal and Northern Relations Minister Ian Bushie announced today.
“The Green Team program is a great success story that supports both community organizations and the young people who participate,” said Bushie. “The young people who participate get summer employment as well as experience working within communities to improve neighbourhoods, promote community involvement and help develop employment and leadership skills.”
The grants support hiring youth to work on community projects between May and September. Eligible recipients include municipal governments (excluding the City of Winnipeg), Northern Affairs Community Councils and non-profit organizations throughout Manitoba.
“The Green Team program is an important part of our summer staffing needs,” said Ron Brown, president and CEO, Boys and Girls Club Winnipeg. “Summer is the busiest time of the year for us and to be able to provide meaningful employment for our youth really helps to develop their potential. Many of our Green Team staff have gone on to exciting careers. We look forward to being able to provide these opportunities again this summer.”
The grants cover 100 per cent of wage costs plus $250 per position for non-profit organizations. Municipal governments receive 50 per cent of wage costs and $125 per position on a cost-shared basis.
“Our government is proud to continue this valued youth employment program,” said Bushie. “We are committed to investing in youth across Manitoba and helping inspire future leaders. We also recognize these community projects would not be possible without leadership from our municipalities, community organizations and dedicated volunteers, and we thank them for all their work in making these opportunities possible for young Manitobans.”
The deadline for applications is Monday, March 4.
For more information on Urban/Hometown Green Team applications, visit: https://gov.mb.ca/grants.