Manitoba charities put local spin on Canada’s 150th celebrations

The Winnipeg Foundation


For immediate release. Grant support from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is helping 19 local organizations put a homegrown spin on Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations. While every project supported aims to build community, inspire a deeper understanding of Canada, and encourage participation in Canada’s 150th celebrations, the approach each takes is unique.

“The goal of these grants is to be responsive to local priorities connected to Canada’s 150th anniversary, while fostering a greater sense of belonging, inclusion and reconciliation,” says Rick Frost, CEO of The Winnipeg Foundation. “We are excited by the variety of local projects represented, and can’t wait to see how each one contributes to our local community, and to our country’s overall celebrations.”

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a small grants program that supports community initiatives from coast to coast to coast. Community organizations applied for up to $15,000 in support for their project, which must be completed in 2017. The fund is a collaboration between Community Foundations of Canada, local community foundations (including The Winnipeg Foundation), and the Government of Canada. The fund will ultimately provide thousands of small grants to community initiatives in every province and territory.

Please see backgrounder below for a complete list of local Community Fund for Canada’s 150th grant recipients.

The Winnipeg Foundation, established in 1921, is Canada’s first community foundation. Built by people from all walks of life, The Foundation pools and invests gifts entrusted to it to generate grants that benefit a variety of local charitable needs For Good. Forever.


For more information, please contact:

Richard L. Frost, CEO
944.9474 ext. 223
Email Richard Frost

LuAnn Lovlin, Director of Communications
204.781.9336 (cell)
Email LuAnn Lovlin

Manitoba’s Community Fund for Canada’s 150th grant recipients

Organization Description Amount
360 Kids Support Services Indigenous Youth Voices, Mental Health and Hope: Winnipeg Project $15,000
Archdiocese of St. Boniface Celebrating the Legacy of Riel and the Metis $15,000
Art City Me, We, Everybody $15,000
Assiniboine Park Conservancy Belonging to the Land: Canada’s National Parks Art Exhibit $2,500
Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg Multicultural Festival $3,500
Canadian Down Syndrome Society Looking Back & Ahead: Engaging Winnipeg Youth in Building Our Inclusive Future $1,080
Dalnavert Museum and Visitor Centre Postcolonial Postcards $7,000
Japanese Cultural Centre of Manitoba 2017 Asian Heritage Month Symposium 15 - Canada 150 $6,500
Literary Review of Canada Spur Winnipeg 2.0 $11,300
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Fiddlers on the Loose in Manitoba $15,000
Manitoba Children’s Museum Celebrating Aboriginal Culture! $10,000
Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library Canada 150: Craft in Red and White $4,500
Riverside Lions Charitable Foundation Sesquicentennial Community Garden $15,000
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Sarah Ballenden Theatre Production $15,000
Transcona Historical Museum Transcona Short Film Festival "Celebrating Canada Through the Eyes of Transcona" $3,000
True Sport Community Connections – Welcome to Winnipeg $15,000
VIBE Arts (previously Arts for Children and Youth) 150 Reasons We Love Canada – Manitoba $8,000
Winnipeg Architecture Foundation WPGARCH2017 – a year of architectural celebration $10,000
Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra Celebrating Canada: a big band portrait $10,000