Promising projects

The Winnipeg Foundation

Donors’ generosity makes it possible to support a variety of projects in our community.

The following grants were announced September 2019.

Urban Shaman Gallery

Indigenous artists lecture series

$3,072 drawn from the Barbara Pearce Arts and Community Fund

Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art is a nationally recognized leader in Indigenous arts programming and one of the foremost venues and voices for Indigenous art in Canada.

Megan Tate, Director of Community Grants
“This is part of a broader event celebrating traditional and contemporary Indigenous art happening at the beginning of 2020. It’s exciting for Winnipeg because we’re able to feature some of the great talent that’s here in our community.”


Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters

Capacity building with frontline workers

$15,000 drawn from the Moffat Family Fund

Manitoba Association of Women's Shelters (M.A.W.S) began in the mid-1980s out of a desire for shelters in Manitoba to work together, provide support, reduce isolation, share best practices and training.

Neneth Bañas, Community Grants Associate
“The project was identified by frontline workers who noticed an increase in the complexity of issues their clients are facing; from addictions, to child welfare, to justice. Staff are feeling burned out and would like to get training on ways to tackle these issues. Not only does this grant provide support for staff, but it creates a ripple effect and provides better support for clients, providing stability for shelters and for the sector.”


Community Veterinary Outreach

Expanded outreach care

$33,000 drawn from the Moffat Family Fund

Community Veterinary Outreach aims to improve the health of homeless individuals and their pets in one place, at one time. By offering human health services and health education alongside preventative veterinary care, the organization seeks to improve access to veterinary and human health resources, and leverage the human-animal bond to increase human health resource uptake.

Kerry Ryan, Community Grants Associate
“Community Veterinary Outreach is a really innovative program in our city that is addressing the healthcare needs of some of our most vulnerable citizens — and their closest companions.”


Art with Impact Canada

Movies for Mental Health

$10,000 drawn from the A Critical Cause Fund, and other funds

Art with Impact Canada uses art and short film as mediums to create a dialogue around mental health through workshops and programs such as Movies for Mental Health.

Noah Erenberg, Community Grants Associate
“This program promotes early intervention for mental illness during a crucial transition period for young adults. The films’ screenings, which are open to students and the public, are facilitated by licenced mental health professionals who use the emotional power of short film to engage people in safe and informed discussions about mental health.”


This story is featured in the Fall 2019 issue of our Working Together magazine. Download or view the full issue on our Publications page.

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