Granting

Our COVID-19 Grant Response

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.

We expect our grant response will have three stages:

  1. Emergency Support – $2.6 million has been distributed to Winnipeg charities through the Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Grants and the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund. Applications are now closed.

  2. Stabilization – At least $6 million will be distributed through the Stabilization Grants program in July. Applications are now closed.

  3. Recovery – Organizations may apply to the One-Time Community Grants program for regular projects and programming, or COVID-19 related response and recovery. Intake September 30, 2020.

Other COVID resources

For other measures and programs available for organizations, download COVID-19 Non-Profit Sector Relief Measures [PDF].

How to connect with Grants staff

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

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All Regular Grant Programs

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
One-Time Grants The Foundation’s main grants program which supports a wide range of community projects (Up to $100,000) Sept. 30
(decision TBA)
Resilient Grants Up to three years of support for programming or capacity-building, maximum $225,000 ($75,000/year) TBA 2021

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 May)
Literacy for Life Grants Up to $4,000 for intergenerational literacy programs; available across Manitoba
  • Feb. 1
  • June 1
  • Oct. 1
(decision within the month of application)
Major Capital GrantsRequests greater than $100,000 for major capital projects2-Stage Application;
Stage 1 due June 1
(decision in late 2020)
Nourishing Potential Grants Up to $10,000 for nutritious food for children and youth Summer programs:
July 2-31, continuous intake
(decision 3-4 weeks)

Fall programs:
Sept. 15
(decision October)
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 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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