09/08/2011 03:56 EDT | Updated 11/08/2011 05:12 EST

Manitoba Tories promise cash for community centres to fight crime

WINNIPEG - Manitoba Progressive Conservatives are promising to fight crime by helping community centres.

Tory Leader Hugh McFadyen (mick-FAH'-din) says he'll increase funding for community centres to $25 million a year if his party wins the Oct. 4 provincial election.

That's up $5 million from what it is now.

McFadyen says better community facilities would offer more activities to kids and give them alternatives to crime.

Right now, funding is divided among different government programs.

McFadyen says he would put all the cash into one pot to make it more easy for community groups to apply for help.