COVID-19: Our Response and How You Can Help

The Winnipeg Foundation wants to assure the charitable sector, our community partners, generous donors and the entire community that we are doing our best to provide appropriate support and leadership throughout this period of heightened risk and uncertainty.

Foundation staff are working remotely and are available via email – all addresses are listed on our Staff page.


What charities are telling us

During the coming weeks, The Foundation is working together with 18 bellwether organizations to learn more about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting program and service delivery across Winnipeg’s charitable sector.

Each week, the same bellwether organizations will be asked different questions about the effect of the evolving circumstances of the pandemic on their organizations and The Foundation will share the key themes.

Listen to Rick Frost speak about the key themes from Week 6.

For more information and the key themes from every week, visit the What are charities telling us page.


How you can help

The impact of COVID-19 is more challenging for Winnipeg’s most vulnerable. You can help local front-line agencies provide essential support during this difficult time.

The COVID-19 Community Response Fund allows us to quickly direct funds to organizations who need it most to address their most pressing needs.


COVID-19 Response Grants

The Winnipeg Foundation is committed to supporting our community during this uncertain time. Our grant response to COVID-19 is evolving as implications of the pandemic unfold.

The first phase of our emergency support saw $1.2 million granted to more than 100 organizations to meet the immediate needs of Winnipeg’s most vulnerable. (complete list of Phase 1 grants below)

We are currently offering two types of grants:

  • Emergency Community Support Fund (Phase 2) – Immediate needs of vulnerable community members. For more information, visit our Emergency Community Support Fund page.
  • Stabilization – Short- and medium-term needs of organization. For more information, visit our Stabilization Grants page.

For all the details of our COVID-19 Grant Response, visit our Granting page.

Winnipeg Foundation – Emergency Support Grants (Phase 1)
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The following grants made from mid-March to May are funded by discretionary endowments and gifts to The Foundation’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund:

May 21, 2020

Elmwood Community Resource Centre – $25,000

  • Support for women experiencing family violence

Nor’West Co-op Community Health Centre – $9,500

  • Seven Oaks Resource Network’s Better Access to Groceries food program

Ronald McDonald House – $18,000

  • Increased cleaning and safety protocols to ensure health and wellness of families

West Broadway Youth Outreach – $5,000

  • Distribute family care packs filled with food, cleaning and hygiene supplies

May 20, 2020

Ethio-Canadian Cultural Academy – $5,000

  • Online homework tutoring and electronic devices

Innovative LIFE Options – $3,750

  • Personal protective equipment

Kidney Foundation of Canada, Manitoba Branch – $7,500

  • Short-term financial assistance program for dialysis patients

Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba – $25,000

  • Virtual therapy sessions for children with special needs

May 12, 2020

Broadway Neighbourhood Centre – $2,500

  • Remote arts programming, with a focus on vulnerable participants and youth

CancerCare Manitoba Foundation – $25,000

  • Personal protective equipment for staff, cancer patients and family
    members

Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba – $5,000

  • Chromebooks to deliver remote programming to isolated stroke survivors

Taking Charge! – $5,000

  • Food hampers to families

May 6, 2020

Immigrant Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) – $25,000

  • Provide residents with food, technology to support youth with school, crisis response/social workers, interpreters, and financial empowerment supports

St. Raphael Wellness Centre – $20,000

  • Staffing to support increased demand for addiction and mental health services

May 5, 2020

Canadian Cancer Society – $10,000

  • Support for increased demand for Cancer Information Helpline and online peer support programs

Ka Ni Kanichihk – $25,000

  • Indigenous wellness assessments and supports

Misericordia Health Centre Foundation – $5,000

  • COVID-19 Relief Fund

April 29, 2020

Nor’West Co-op Community Health Centre – $20,000

  • Support women experiencing family violence or struggling with substance use

Spence Neighbourhood Association – $5,000

  • Distribute well-being kits to older adults

April 28, 2020

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) – $5,000

  • Support for increased demand for online services, community outreach, and Vision Mates peer support program

Gwen Sector Creative Living Centre – $20,000

  • Mobile meal program for isolated seniors

Indigenous Family Centre – $3,000

  • Craft and cleaning supplies kits for families

Life’s Journey, Changes Supported Living Services, and Opportunities for Independence (collaborative project) – $10,000

  • Assist clients with FASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, addictions issues, and mental health concerns to maintain physical distancing

April 24, 2020

Remote schooling assistance
Purchase Chromebooks so You Can Do It Award recipients can continue their studies remotely

  • Children of the Earth High School – $18,000
  • R. B. Russell Vocational High School – $18,000

April 23, 2020

Personal Care Homes
Total of $70,000

  • Actionmarguerite Foundation – $5,000
  • Bethania Mennonite Personal Care Home – $5,000
  • Calvary Place Personal Care Home – $5,000
  • The Convalescent Home of Winnipeg – $5,000
  • Deer Lodge Centre – $5,000
  • Fred Douglas Lodge – $5,000
  • Holy Family Home – $5,000
  • Lions Personal Care Centre – $5,000
  • Luther Home – $5,000
  • Misericordia Health Centre – $5,000
  • Park Manor Care – $5,000
  • Riverview Health Centre – $5,000
  • Salvation Army Golden West Centennial Lodge – $5,000
  • The Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre – $5,000

April 22, 2020

Life’s Journey – $2,000

  • Technical upgrades to residences to encourage clients, who have FASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, to stay at home

Manitoba Brain Injury Association – $4,000

  • Assist with their pivot to offer their services online

Pulford Community Living – $5,000

  • Personal protective equipment for staff

April 21, 2020

Winnipeg Harvest – $100,000

  • Distribution of hampers for isolated older adults and other community needs

April 17, 2020

Family Resource Centres
Total of $112,000, in collaboration with United Way of Winnipeg

  • Andrews Street Family Centre – $10,000
  • Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute – $7,000
  • Elmwood Community Resource Centre – $10,000
  • Family Dynamics – $10,000
  • Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre – $2,000
  • Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre – $20,000
  • Marlene Street Community Resource Centre – $2,500
  • North End Women’s Centre’s Resource Centre – $8,000
  • North Point Douglas Women’s Resource Centre – $8,000
  • Nor’West Co-op Community Health Centre – Family Resource Centres – $15,000
  • Thrive Community Support Circle – $4,000
  • West Central Women’s Resource Centre – $8,000
  • Wolseley Family Place – $2,500
  • Winnipeg Central Park Women’s Resource Centre – $5,000

Homelessness Initiatives
Total of $112,000, in collaboration with United Way of Winnipeg

  • Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre of Winnipeg – $5,000
  • Main Street Project – $30,000
  • Macdonald Youth Services – $5,000
  • Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre – $5,000
  • Mount Carmel Clinic – $5,000
  • Morberg House – $5,000
  • Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad – $5,000
  • North End Women’s Centre – $4,000
  • North Point Douglas Women’s Centre – $4,000
  • Resource Assistance for Youth – $10,000
  • Rossbrook House – $5,000
  • Spence Neighbourhood Association – West End 24 Hour Safe Space for Youth – $20,000
  • Wahbung Abinoonjiiag – $5,000
  • West Central Women’s Resource Centre – $4,000

April 15, 2020

House of Hesed – $10,000

  • Support for residents with HIV/AIDS

Manitoba School Improvement Program – $5,000

  • Distributing groceries to families

ImagineAbility Manitoba – $20,000

  • Preparing and delivering food to people with disabilities

Remote arts programming
Focused on serving vulnerable participants and youth

  • Art City – $2,500
  • Artbeat Studio – $2,500
  • ArtsJunktion – $2,500
  • Graffiti Art Programming – $2,500

April 14, 2020

Inspire Community Outreach – $5,000

  • Virtual support for caregivers of children and youth with disabilities or mental health challenges

New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults & Families – $25,000

  • Food and toiletries for the most vulnerable participants in their Supported Independent Living Program

St. Boniface Street Links – $10,000

  • Outreach and essential items for those who are homeless

April 13, 2020

Knowles Centre – $5,000

  • Personal protective equipment for group home clients and staff

Manitoba Islamic Association – $5,000

  • Online supports and to deliver food/essential items

April 7, 2020

Inclusion Winnipeg – $10,000

  • Production of a video on COVID-19 and social distancing for people with intellectual disabilities

Inner City Youth Alive – $10,000

  • Outreach and support for children, youth & families

April 6, 2020

The Children’s Hospital Foundation – $10,000

  • Patient & staff supports

Grace General Hospital Foundation – $10,000

  • Patient & staff supports

Health Sciences Centre Foundation – $25,000

  • Patient & staff supports

St. Boniface Hospital Foundation – $10,000

  • Patient & staff supports

April 3, 2020

Resource Assistance for Youth – $15,000

  • Outreach and other supports for homeless youth

St. Amant Centre – $5,000

  • iPads so clients can connect with family, online supports

Winnipeg Inner City Missions – $7,000

  • Food for families

April 1, 2020

Ability Online – $5,000

  • Online supports to children, youth and young adults with disabilities

Continuity Care – $10,000

  • Remote support to families

Red Road Lodge – $20,000

  • Meals, shelter and extra cleaning, to meet an increased demand

March 27, 2020

Dakota Ojibway Child & Family Services – $10,000

  • Food, essential supplies and educational materials for families

Never Alone Foundation – $3,000

  • Financial assistance and other supports to individuals undergoing cancer treatment

SSCOPE – $20,000

  • Deliver food on behalf of Winnipeg Harvest, and to support homeless individuals

March 25, 2020

Rossbrook House – $15,000

  • Youth drop in centre

Abilities Manitoba – $25,000

  • COVID-19 response activities

March 19, 2020

Family Resource Centres
With support from the Moffat Family Fund, in collaboration with United Way of Winnipeg

  • Andrews Street Family Centre – $10,000
  • Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute – $8,000
  • Elmwood Community Resource Centre – $8,000
  • Family Dynamics – 3 sites – $13,000
  • Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre – $4,000
  • Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre – $15,000
  • Marlene Street Community Resource Centre – $4,000
  • North End Women’s Resource Centre$10,000
  • North Point Douglas Women’s Resource Centre – $10,000
  • Nor’West Co-Op Community Health Centre – Family Resource Centres – $13,000
  • South Winnipeg Family Information Centre – $4,000
  • Thrive Community Support Circle – $4,000
  • West Central Women’s Resource Centre – $10,000
  • Wolseley Family Place – $4,000
  • Winnipeg Central Park Women’s Resource Centre – $3,000

Spence Neighbourhood Association – $25,000
With support from the Moffat Family Fund, in collaboration with United Way of Winnipeg

  • West End 24 Hour Safe Space for Youth

March 16, 2020

Winnipeg Harvest – $100,000

  • COVID-19 response activities

March 12, 2020

Meal programs

  • Agape Table – $10,000
  • Lighthouse Mission – $10,000
  • Nor’west Co-op Community Food Centre – $10,000
  • Sunshine House – $10,000
  • Union Gospel Mission – $10,000
  • 1JustCity, to support the following:
    • Oak Table – $10,000
    • St. Matthews Community Ministry – $10,000
    • West Broadway Community Services – $10,000

Overnight shelters

  • Main Street Project – $25,000
  • Salvation Army – $25,000
  • Siloam Mission – $25,000

Our fundholders are also working with us to support our community during this difficult time. If you would like to work with us to respond to COVID-19, contact us by email.

Donor Advised Grants
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The following grants are supported by Donor-Advised Funds, held at The Winnipeg Foundation:

  • Agape Table – $10,000
  • Winnipeg Harvest – $20,000 provided by two Donor-Advised Funds
  • Kids Help Phone – $100,000 provided by two Donor-Advised Funds
  • MSC Canada – $5,000

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