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City of Brandon Receives ‘Green’ Grants


March 20, 2015

Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon’s Community Development Department is pleased to announce it is the successful recipient of a total of $40,000 in “green” grant money this year, thanks to two national grant programs focused on greenspace rejuvenation.

For the second year in a row, the City of Brandon has been awarded grant funding through Canadian National Railway’s EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up grant program. Funding of $25,000 from the EcoConnexions program will be combined with approximately $50,000 in funds budgeted in 2015 by the Parks Department and will be used to plant approximately 100 caliper trees at parks and along pathways across Brandon. Greenspace locations that will benefit from the shade, shelter and noise reduction provided by these trees include, among others, the new baseball diamond on Douglas Street East, the East End Paw Park, and the forthcoming community greenspace on the east side of the A.R. McDiarmid Civic Complex.

In 2014, the City received approximately $21,000 in funds from CN’s program, which was used to re-plant flood-damaged trees along First Street North and host an educational event for children.

The City of Brandon was also recently announced as the only Manitoba recipient of a 2015 funding grant from the TD Green Streets program, which supports innovative urban forestry projects across Canada. The $15,000 grant from the TD Green Streets program will also be used to assist in the development of the A.R. McDiarmid Civic Complex greenspace.

“We’re very excited to receive grant funding to help us develop a welcoming greenspace at our newest civic facility,” said Angie Veilleux, Community Development Coordinator with the City of Brandon. “Public feedback has suggested this space should be a true community gathering place, complete with pathways, unique trees and bushes, and even a community gardens aspect. So, we are certainly pleased that we’ve been able to leverage these valuable funding dollars to help us turn our community’s shared vision into a reality.”

A total of $75,000 in City funding has been budgeted in 2015 for the A.R. McDiarmid Civic Complex Greenspace project, with a request for design proposals anticipated to be issued later this spring.

Meanwhile, the Community Development Department is actively taking names of community members interested in attending volunteer tree planting days. Interested individuals can contact Rachelle Levesque in the Community Development Department at 204-729-2145 or at r.levesque@brandon.ca.


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