In response to the COVID-19 virus, The Winnipeg Foundation’s offices are currently CLOSED. Staff are working remotely and available via email – for all addresses visit our Staff page.

For the most recent updates, our emergency response grants and how you can help, click here.

Granting

Information for Grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic

NOTE: Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic includes some changes to our upcoming grants intakes.

With the declaration of a COVID-19 pandemic, The Winnipeg Foundation wants to assure our grantees and partners that we are committed to supporting our community throughout this time of heightened risk, disruption, and uncertainty. We have a plan in place to continue making grants and processing payments, helping mitigate the impact on our charitable community.

For details on The Foundation’s community response and support, visit our COVID-19 page.

If your registered charity is continuing to offer programming during the COVID-19 pandemic and requires immediate financial assistance to meet the needs of the community, please email our Grants Team.


Closure & cancellations

The Foundation’s offices are currently closed. Staff are working remotely and are available via email – all addresses are listed on our Staff page.

Our goal is to continue our operations as normally as possible; however, capacity will likely be reduced. It may take us a bit longer to respond to email and phone calls.

All Foundation events are cancelled through May 1. We are exploring alternate delivery options.

Active grants already awarded

We know the operations of many organizations will be disrupted and community programming is likely to be cancelled. If you have a current grant with The Winnipeg Foundation, we will be flexible if your timelines change, and any reporting deadlines will be suspended.

If you have questions, please contact the Grants Associate associated with your file. If you’re not sure who to contact, please find our Grants Associates on our Staff page or email our Grants Team.


The coming weeks will require unprecedented patience, strength, and community spirit of us all. We know this crisis will impact everyone in our community – the vulnerable disproportionately so. We are committed to working with you all to see this through.


Community Grants

There are two types of Community Grants. Organizations may apply for one Community Grant per calendar year (ie. you must choose between One-Time or Resilient Community Grants).

Program Description Application Due Date Information Session
One-Time GrantsThe Foundation’s main grants program which supports a wide range of community projects (Up to $100,000)
  • Jan. 31
    (decision late May)
  • May 30, 2020
    (decision in fall)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person Information Sessions (including the upcoming Resilient Grant sessions) have been cancelled.

The Foundation is exploring other delivery methods for the Information Session.
Resilient GrantsUp to three years of support for programming or capacity-building, maximum $225,000 ($75,000/year)Fall 2020
(decision TBA)

Grant applications open approximately six weeks before the due date.

NOTE: All grant applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on the application date. If an application date falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. of the next business day.


Special Program Grants

Organizations may apply to each of the Special Program Grants once per calendar year, as well as the Community Grants program. However, applications must be for different projects.

Program Description Application Due Date
Camp and Summer Program Grants Up to $10,000 for summer programming activities for disadvantaged children and youth Feb. 15 (decision in Apr.)
Literacy for Life Grants Up to $4,000 for intergenerational literacy programs; available across Manitoba
  • Feb. 1 (decision late Feb.)
  • June 1 (decision late June)
  • Oct. 1 (decision late Oct.)
Major Capital GrantsRequests greater than $100,000 for major capital projects2-Stage Application;
Stage 1 due May 31
(decision in late 2020)
Nourishing Potential Grants Up to $10,000 for nutritious food for children and youth
  • June 15 (decision in Sept.)
  • Dec. 15 (decision in Mar.)
Organizational Development Grants Up to $10,000 to help charitable organizations become more self-sustaining Ongoing intake
Professional Development Grants
  • Up to $1,500 for conferences, short courses and workshops
  • Up to $5,000 for advanced management training, management mentorships, and safety training for front-line workers
Ongoing intake
Summer Internship Program Grants Grants up to $4,000 to host a summer intern selected by The Winnipeg Foundation Feb. 14 (decision in March)

Grant applications open approximately six weeks before the due date.

NOTE: All grant applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on the application date. If an application date falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. of the next business day.

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