Project Lifesaver Manitoba start-up funding was provided through a grant given to the Search and Rescue Manitoba Volunteer Association (SARMAN VA). Project Lifesaver Manitoba has been funded by a Search and Rescue New Initiative Fund (SAR-NIF) grant. The grant submission from the National Search and Rescue Secretariat included significant in kind contributions from the Winnipeg Police Service in the form of administration time, training time use of facilities and promotion of Project Lifesaver; both internally and to the public. Volunteers with the Winnipeg Search and Rescue Volunteer Association also donated significant time to take training, perform administrative tasks and promote the program.
Project Lifesaver Manitoba would not exist without the contributions from these organizations and the contributions and letters of support from numerous others.
Although Project Lifesaver and its partners do not charge for any search and rescue related activities, it does pass on the costs of running the non-profit organization to our clients. The initial start-up fee covers the cost of the transmitter; which remains the property of Project Lifesaver Manitoba.
The monthly fees collected from Project Lifesaver Manitoba covers the cost of batteries, straps and ongoing costs to run the program.
At the end of April 2014, the SAR-NIF Grant will expire. At this time Project Lifesaver Manitoba will be totally dependent on client fees and donations of cash and services from new partners. If any person or organization would like to donate or volunteer time to Project Lifesaver Manitoba, Winnipeg Search and Rescue or Search and Rescue Manitoba, please see our contact page. Financial contributions will be used to reduce the fees to our clients and to assist potential clients who may not be able to pay all or part of their client fees.
Project Lifesaver Manitoba is also actively searching for a community partner to assist with the monthly contacts with our clients to change batteries and straps on the transmitters. Depending on the growth of Project Lifesaver Manitoba, other volunteer administrative roles may also be available.
We would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund (SAR NIF)
Nous remercions le gouvernement du Canada pour son appui financier à ce project, par le biais du Fonds des nouvelles initiatives de recherche et sauvetage (FNI de R-S)