Capital Development or Renewal Opportunities

Rapid Housing Initiative: Third round of funding open from December 12, 2022 – March 15, 2023

CMHC launched the Rapid Housing Initiative to quickly develop new affordable housing to those who need it most. There is an additional $1.5B in investment in the Cities Stream (which includes Winnipeg and Brandon) and Projects Stream to support the rapid creation of at least 4,500 more homes.

 

This is an opportunity to help those in severe housing need with the construction of new affordable housing units.

Learn more about the funding here

Preservation Funding

Preservation Funding provides financial assistance to support the cost of completing preservation activities.

This funding helps:

  • existing community housing providers remain viable
  • prepare for future funding opportunities

Preservation Funding is open to:

  • Projects that are currently subject to an active, eligible federally administered operating agreement.
  • Projects that were previously subject to a federally administered operating agreement that have since expired. This includes projects previously administered under a federally administered operating agreement that were transferred under a Social Housing Agreement (SHA) which have since expired.

Funding details:

  • The maximum Preservation Funding available per project to complete eligible activities is $50,000.
  • Maximum funding may be increased to $75,000 on a case-by-case basis.
  • Each Funding Agreement offers up to 18 months from the approval date to complete the approved activities.

Activities may include but are not limited to: 

    • a building condition report
    • capital replacement reserve planning
    • an operating viability analysis
    • an age-friendly conversion assessment
    • an energy audit

Learn more and apply

City of Winnipeg Affordable Housing Now Program

The Affordable Housing Now Program, which is being administered in partnership with Centre Venture Development Corporation, is eligible to project proponents intending to participate in CMHC affordable housing programs under the National Housing Strategy for the development of new rental and non-profit housing.

The program will provide $2 million in grants to offset construction and permit fees, offer tax increment financing (TIF) opportunities of up to 80% of municipal incremental tax increases arising from development, and will enable proponents to access existing federal programs that may require support from another level of government.

For more information and to apply, please Click Here

Tax Sale properties – opportunities for non profits

The Council has recently approved a new Real Estate sales Policy which requires the Public Service to market all tax sale properties to non-profit housing corporations (note Section 4.3(D)(iv) of the policy).

This provides additional acquisition opportunities for affordable Housing providers outside of the Affordable Housing Opportunities in HIZs program.  These properties will be marketed at the same link as the noted program:

https://winnipeg.ca/ppd/CityProperty/property-for-sale.stm

National Housing Co-Investment Fund

The Co-Investment Fund provides grants and financing for new affordable housing construction and existing affordable housing renewal and repair.

MNPHA hosted an educational session with CMHC on this funding stream. The power point slides from the session are available here. Or for more information you can go to CMHC’s website here

CMHC – Seed Funding for Housing Development

The Seed Funding program supports affordable housing through interest-free loans and/or non-repayable contributions. There are two funding streams: one for new construction/conversions, and one to preserve existing community housing projects. Information is available here

Efficiency Manitoba

Efficiency Manitoba is a Crown corporation committed to achieving an energy-efficient Manitoba by providing support and services that help residents and businesses use less energy. They can help non-profit housing providers and their tenants save energy, money, and the environment.

The Energy Efficiency Assistance Program (formerly the ‘Income Qualified Program’) provides rental properties with tenants below a specific income cut-off grants and financing for insulation, lighting, furnaces/boiler. Learn more about the programs and rebates here.

Through Efficiency Manitoba’s Energy Efficiency Assistance Program, they work with non-profit housing organizations to help them upgrade their single-detached or semi-detached rental properties to use less energy. An energy advisor will come to the housing organization to assess energy-saving opportunities for each of the units. Non-profit housing providers could qualify for free insulation, a subsidized natural gas furnace, a boiler rebate, and free energy-saving devices such as LED light bulbs, energy-efficient showerheads, and faucet aerators.

To ensure accessibility to the program, Efficiency Manitoba doesn’t require each tenant or household to verify their income. This makes it easier to implement energy-saving upgrades throughout housing organizations rather than on a tenant-by-tenant basis. If the non-profit housing agreement requires tenants to income qualify, or if there’s a mandate stating that housing is intended for lower-income households, the income qualification process can be bypassed. Non-profit housing providers can do this by providing mandates, lease agreements, tenant handbooks, or proof that the tenant’s rent is below the Median Market Rents set by Manitoba Housing.

Efficiency Manitoba helped two Manitoba non-profit housing organizations increase the energy efficiency of their rental units, allowing them and their tenants to save energy and money. Go to the website for the full story.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities – Sustainable Affordable Housing

The Green Municipal Fund offers support throughout the life cycle of an affordable housing construction project through five funding options:

  • Planning: Early support to assist eligible housing providers to get started on achieving more sustainable affordable housing initiatives
  • Studies: Assess the approaches needed to implement an eligible energy efficient pilot or capital project in detail
  • Pilot projects: Test out a new or innovative approach on a small scale
  • Retrofit capital projects: Complete the renovation of existing housing units with the installation of energy efficient technologies
  • New-build capital projects: Construct new homes that are highly energy efficient

Read the application guide for details.

Need help applying for the Sustainable Affordable Housing Fund? Contact The Community Housing Transformation Centre to reach their Regional Energy Coach

Program or Project Opportunities

Winnipeg Foundation Organizational Development Grants

Organizational Development Grants are designed to help Winnipeg charitable organizations build their capacity for stability today and sustainability in the future.

  • Your organization must have a Community Grants history with The Winnipeg Foundation in order to be eligible for an Organizational Development Grant.
  • Your organization must have a registered charitable number from Canada Revenue Agency or be a qualified done to apply for an Organizational Development Grant.
  • The maximum grant request is $10,000 which can be used towards projects such as:
  • Group mentorship or Job shadowing
  • Communications, fundraising or capital campaign, Human Resources, or strategic planning
  • Feasibility studies or evaluation
  • Governance or board development
  • Imagine Canada accreditation

 

Applications will close on December 30, 2022, 4:30 p.m. Learn more here

The Winnipeg Foundation

The Winnipeg Foundation has a number of granting programs for charitable organizations or partnerships, including Community Grants for:

  • Children, Youth & Families
  • Literacy, Education & Employment
  • Health, Wellness & Recreation
  • Environment & Animal Welfare
  • Arts, Culture & Heritage
Organizational Development Grants are new program designed to help Winnipeg charitable organizations build their capacity for stability today and sustainability in the future. The grant can fund activities that build the capacity of the organization through planning, training, evaluations, studies, or accreditation.

Community Foundations

Manitoba is home to over 50 community foundations, which guide volunteer efforts and financial support to organizations like MNPHA’s members. Most community foundations require charitable status to access their funding, but many allow non-profits to partner with a charity when they have shared mandates. Find your local community foundation here

MB Community Grants program

The Building Sustainable Communities Program replaces seven legacy grant programs.
Who can apply?

Municipalities and local authorities such as planning districts and Northern Affairs Community Councils, non-profit organizations and charitable organizations

What activities are eligible?

Planning activities; organizational capacity building; community or regional initiatives; community, culture or recreation capital infrastructure projects

Funding is available for up to 50 per cent of eligible expenses to a maximum of $75,000. Applications are due May 22 and December 15.

More information is available here.

Elderly and Infirm Persons Housing License

The Elderly and Infirm Persons Housing Act provides school tax exempt status for units that meet specific size, tenant age, and rent-to-income ratio criteria. Most projects developed under operating agreements qualify for this program, and size guidelines were grandfathered; post-operating agreement, the age and rent-to-income ratio requirements still apply, though it can be for only a portion (100%, 75%, 50%, or 25%) of units. While units become exempt from the school tax, they are treated as “institutional” and move into a different municipal tax category.

Download the application form here and MNPHA has created a template for calculating the tax changes associated with the License, you can download it as an excel document here.

Financing Opportunities

Jubilee Fund

The Jubilee Fund provides flexible financing in the form of loan guarantees and/or bridge financing for worthy projects who do not qualify for traditional financing. Visit http://www.jubileefund.ca/ for more info.

Assiniboine Credit Union

ACU offers flexible financing for non-profits and cooperatives through a dedicated Community Financial Centre. For more information, please visit: https://www.assiniboine.mb.ca/Business/Community-Financial-Centre/

Housing Investment Corporation

The Housing Investment Corporation provides long-term (30+ year), low-cost financing to affordable housing providers for development or redevelopment. Manitoba Housing is one of the founding partners, and Terry Kozak is the Manitoba contact. Reach him by e-mail here. Learn more on the Housing Investment Corporation website

First National Financial LP End of Operating Agreement Revitalization Program

The End of Operating Agreement (EOA) Revitalization Program provides low cost loans to housing providers at or near the end of their operating agreements. This program is aimed at those housing providers that have expired operating agreements, those planning for the end of their operating agreement or providers looking to payout their agreement early.  Municipalities, non-profit housing providers, Co-op (excluding equity Co-op’s) or anyone with a current Section 95 and Section 26/27 or any housing provider in a federal or provincial operating agreement are also eligible for the program.

Information is available on First National LP’s website

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