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

"The level of trust and friendship I’ve built with the youth means that it will be easier to encourage them to continue learning and being a part of Martha Street Studios activities"
- Justin L’Arrivee, ELF 2016

Photo: Martha Street Studios' Pop-Up Shop at The Forks.


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.

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Information and Examples

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Past Fellowships


The Gas Station Arts Centre (GSAC) supports new local artists by providing mentorship, production and co-production, in a professional theatre facility with access to high quality equipment, services and guidance to artists regardless of discipline or the stage of their career. Shaden Abusaleh is a student of the University of Manitoba studying Global Political Economy. She is working with GSAC to implement the Sawa Theatre project – a bilingual spring/summer theatre program which aims to foster creativity, promote personal growth and encourage long lasting friendships for newcomer youth in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) operates transitional housing for newcomers in Winnipeg's downtown. Caroline Gichungu is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg's Masters in Development Practice (MDP): Indigenous Development program. She is working with IRCOM to implement the Indigenous-Newcomer Relations program that will enhance newcomer and Indigenous peoples relationships among tenants of IRCOM.

The Social Planning Council of Winnipeg (SPCW) is committed to taking on the ever-changing challenges of social change in the city. Aliraza Alidina is a student of the University of Winnipeg's Masters in Development Practice (MDP): Indigenous Development program. Ali is working with the SPCW in implementing the Indigenous-Newcomer Services Research project. The goal of this project is to develop a report on what initiatives currently exist in Winnipeg that foster safe spaces for dialogue between the newcomer and Indigenous communities.

Tamarack Recovery Centre provides residential, abstinence-based addictions treatment and recovery services in Winnipeg, Manitoba through flexible, client-driven, community-based treatment and support programming. Stephanie Johnson is a young Métis activist, artist, photographer, and community leader. She has developed and is implementing her project, Addicts and Artists at Tamarack. This project brings together local artists and clients of Tamarack to create bodies of art that will showcase the issues that people struggling with addiction face.

The Winnipeg Repair Education and Cycling Hub (WRENCH) works towards creating stronger, healthier communities by removing barriers to building, repairing and maintaining bicycles in Winnipeg, with a focus on educating youth in these areas. Janis Maudlin is an active volunteer and advocate for sustainable practices locally. With The WRENCH, Janis is implementing the Women and Trans Open Shop to help increase the gender diversity at The WRENCH by providing six months of weekly workshops for women and Trans identifying people at the WRENCH as well as at satellite bike repair shops across the city.

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