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Premier announces new Manitoba Bridge Grant

Posted: November 12, 2020

A new Manitoba Bridge Grant will provide an immediate non-repayable grant of $5,000 to small and medium-sized businesses, not-for-profit and charitable organizations, Premier Brian Pallister has announced.


The Bridge Grant is available to those that were directly ordered to temporarily cease operations or close their publicly-accessible physical locations by Manitoba COVID-19 public-health orders in effect on Nov. 12. This includes restaurants, bars, beverage rooms, brewpubs, microbreweries, distilleries, casinos, recreation and sport facilities, museums and galleries, theatres and concert halls, as well as organizations like charities, not-for-profits and faith-based organizations that have been adversely impacted.


The Manitoba Bridge Grant has the capacity to be extended automatically Jan. 1, 2021, to provide an additional $5,000 to each organization should these public health orders remain in place. If required, the province would automatically process the second payment at that time with no further actions required from applicants. 


The new Manitoba Bridge Grant application portal will be live Monday, Nov. 16 through www.manitoba.ca/supportsforbusiness. The deadline for applications is Dec. 15. 



In May, the province launched the Manitoba Gap Protection Program to provide $6,000 to businesses that fell into gaps in qualifying federal support programs.


The program has paid out approximately $60 million to 9,800 businesses in Manitoba. Intake is now closed and the province continues to review and process the applications it received.


Pallister announced the program has been converted from a forgivable loan to a grant, meaning recipients no longer have to repay the province if they received federal COVID support.


This will free Manitoba businesses that received this grant to apply for the wide range of federal support programs currently available including the federal wage supports and commercial rent assist programs.


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