Promising projects

The Winnipeg Foundation

Donors’ generosity makes it possible for The Foundation to support a variety of organizations and projects in our community.

The following grants were announced between September and December 2017.

Youth Employment Services (YES)

Employment Facilitator at the NorWest Youth Hub

$23,468, drawn from the Moffat Family Fund

YES is a local charity that provides employment services for young people aged 16 to 29. The Youth Hub opened January 2017 and brings together YES, Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre and NorWest Community Health Centre.

Megan Tate, Director of Community Grants
“YES recently launched a Youth Hub out in Gilbert Park... It brings together a number of services that support young people and it’s a great example of organizations working together. YES is located  downtown and it’s not always easy for young people to take the bus downtown to access the services they need. YES is bringing the services to Gilbert Park, so young people have access to resume writing workshops, job listings, that kind of thing.”


Pathways to Education Canada

The Peer Helper program, Nutrition Initiative and Summer School delivered by Pathways to Education Canada and Community Education Development Association (CEDA)

$150,000, drawn from the Moffat Family Fund and Nourishing Potential Fund

Pathways to Education is a national charity that provides young people from low-income communities with a combination of financial, academic and social support to help them graduate from high school and transition into post-secondary education. CEDA is a community development organization in the inner-city.

Kerry Ryan, Community Grants Associate
“I think this grant is really important for Winnipeg because it’s helping build capacity among inner-city youth, helping to ensure they graduate from high school and in turn, helping them to break that cycle of poverty so many of them experience.”


Lake Winnipeg Foundation

Finance and Administration Manager

$150,000, drawn from Community Building Funds ($50,000 per year)

Lake Winnipeg Foundation is an environmental, non-governmental organization that focuses on improving the health of Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. This grant is part of The Winnipeg Foundation’s pilot program for Multi-Year Community Grants.

Joanna Turner, Community Grants Associate
Joanna Turner, Community Grants Associate
“The great thing about this grant is that it’s for three years of secured funding, which will help the organization increase its stability internally, which in turn helps them as they work with a long-range view to help secure the health of Lake Winnipeg.”

Spence Neighbourhood Association

Youth/Newcomer Drop-In program

$35,000, drawn from the Moffat Family Fund, Chipman Family Fund, Nourishing Potential Fund, and Community Building Funds

The Spence Neighbourhood Association works to revitalize and renew its community in the areas of housing, community connecting, community economic development, environment and open spaces, and youth and families.

Rick Lussier, Grants Associate
“It’s a safe place. Youth get engaged in all kinds of activities, they go on outings throughout the city. But most importantly, they get to learn from each other. It really is an opportunity for further integration between various cultures and from that, they learn understanding, they learn leadership. One of the main things that really drew me to the project was the opportunity to give kids in the neighborhood a real sense of belonging.”

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