Fellow quote

"It has been quite a journey to see this project come to fruition, but we are proud of the final product."
- Christie McLeod, ELF 2015

Photo: Dean Peachey, Global College, and Christie McLeod.

Fellow quote 2

"My hope is that this project continues to grow and inspire curiosity in youth from across the city."
- Nicole Jowett, ELF 2015

Photo: Nicole Jowett and Susan Algie, Winnipeg Architecture Foundation.

Fellow quote 3

"Let’s turn up our voices and be a change together."
- Olena Ptukha, ELF 2015

Photo: Christina Maes Niho, Social Planning Council of Wpg, and Olena Ptukha.


Emerging Leaders' Fellowship

Learn more about the local charitable sector while increasing your experience and understanding of community issues. Apply for funding to implement a project with a local charitable organization!

What's ELF?

The Emerging Leaders' Fellowship (ELF) is open to any young person in Winnipeg between the ages of 18-35 with a project idea that works with a local registered charitable organization to help build our community.

Once you have received approval from the organization, apply for up to $10,000 to help with the costs of developing and implementing the project.

Through ELF, participants will come away with strong connections to community, agencies, and The Winnipeg Foundation.

ELF Fast Facts

  • ELF provides local post-secondary students and young professionals with the opportunity to gain meaningful, paid, hands-on experience working in the charitable sector.
  • Applicants will propose one major project that they can take ownership over based on their interests and the needs of a local, registered charitable organization of their choice.
  • Applicants are required to meet with the organization prior to submitting their application to discuss their project proposal. It is essential to gain the organization's insights and approval on the proposed project, and understand their daily operations and needs.
  • Applicants can apply for funds (up to $10,000) to help with the costs of a project. The Board of The Winnipeg Foundation will review applications to determine which projects will receive funding.
  • Funds for qualifying projects are distributed to the organization. Project costs, honorariums, etc., are determined between the organization and the fellow.
  • Fellows will begin their project after approval by the Board of The Winnipeg Foundation and must complete it one year from the approval date.

Application & Resources

Information and Examples

Required for Application

Applications are due Tuesday, December 6th, 2016.

Past Fellowships


Artbeat Studio is an arts-based mental health recovery based organization that provides various programs for artists suffering from mental health issues. Ogai Sherzoi is a graduate student in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba. She is working with Artbeat Studios in developing a photovoice community-based participatory action research project to discover the barriers that newcomers face in accessing mental health resources locally.

Groundswell is Manitoba's only non-profit organization dedicated to producing and presenting concerts featuring new music from Winnipeg and around the world. Sasha Amaya is a graduate student in the Faculty of Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba and a local artist. She is working with Groundswell to implement her Young Composers Video Series. Through this project Sasha intends to create a series of videos that highlight the work and stories of local young composers while raising awareness of Groundswell's work in the community and the diversity of arts programming in Winnipeg.

Manitoba Printmakers is Manitoba's only non-profit printmaking studio and exhibition space. Justin L'Arrivee is a student at the University of Winnipeg majoring in Urban and Inner-city Studies who is working with Manitoba Printmakers on a project called, ‘Design Our Village’. This two-part project takes graphic design workshops to the inner-city as a means of mobilizing members of the community, adults and youth, for future work and opportunities.

Newcomers Employment and Education Development Services (NEEDS) provides services and supports to newcomers and their families to help enhance integration into Canadian society. Amy Lam is a student at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Science who is working with NEEDS to implement a project called, ‘Spirit of the Game: English Learning in a Kinesthetic Model’. This project helps strengthen the English language skills of newcomer youth through the sport of ultimate.

1JustCity, under the vision and mission of the United Church of Canada, provides services and supports to their five member organizations who serve Winnipeg's disadvantaged communities. Local, independent filmographer, Erica Daniels, is working with 1JustCity to produce ‘Clips of Compassion’. This project is designed to increase public exposure to the work of 1JustCity by digitally raising awareness of their programs and services.

The Winnipeg Architecture Foundation (WAF) is dedicated to educating the public on Winnipeg’s architecture. Local curator and artist, Abigail Auld is currently conducting research with the Winnipeg Architectural Foundation on Tyndall stone with the goal of producing a digital Tyndall stone platform. This multi-faceted, accessible platform will be used to disseminate research on the cultural significance of Tyndall stone in Manitoba and across Canada.

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