2022 COVID Response: Adapt Grants

Winnipeg’s charitable community faces a continuously uncertain future – not just from the lingering impacts of the global pandemic, but also from climate change, the urgency of social justice, and financial insecurities that predate COVID.

The goal of Adapt Grants is to help organizations build stability in an environment that requires flexibility and creativity.

Maximum request: $50,000
Due: March 15, 4:30 p.m.

The total grant budget for this program is $4 million. We recognize need in our community is great and expect applications to far surpass available funding resources. Not all applications will be funded, despite their merit.

New! In September 2021, we launched our new Grants Application System, SmartSimple.
In order to apply for a 2022 COVID Response: Adapt Grant, you must first create your organization’s profile in the system.

Video tutorials to walk you through the process are available here – SmartSimple videos. Or, access a PDF with the instructions here – Create a profile in our grant application system [PDF].

If you’re having difficulty setting up your profile, please email the Grants Team.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only registered charities are eligible to apply for grants from The Winnipeg Foundation.
  • Registered charities based in Winnipeg, or provincial or national charities with a Winnipeg office or staff, that primarily serve the citizens of Winnipeg, are eligible.
  • Organizations may submit only one Adapt Grant application.
  • Applying for a COVID Response Adapt Grant does not preclude an organization from applying for other Foundation grant programs in the same calendar year.
  • Organizations that received a Stabilization Grant in 2020 must submit a satisfactory report prior to applying for a COVID Response Adapt Grant in 2022. For more information, see Stabilization Grants.

Please review our 2022 COVID Response: Adapt Grants Policies & Guidelines [PDF] to ensure your project fits the criteria.

Types of Funding

Examples of Adapt Grant funding include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Revenue generation strategies, such as:
    • Revised fund development plans
    • Social enterprise
    • Fee-for-service models
  • Human resources, such as:
    • Policy development
    • Benefits
    • Volunteer management
    • Addressing staff burnout
    • Ensuring staff and Board reflect community served
    • Diversity training
  • Operational adaptations, such as:
    • Technology
    • Operational efficiencies
    • Collaborations/mergers with other organizations


Project Assessment will include: clarity of proposed activities, potential of project to build capacity to adapt to the future, and timeliness. 

Organizational Assessment will include: financial position, stability, community served, grant history, board engagement, and approach to diversity and inclusion.

Application and due date

The streamlined application form includes your contact information, an overview of your organization, and three questions about how COVID has impacted your finances, organization and plans. During the review stage, you may be asked to provide additional supporting materials.

  • Application closes March 15, 2022 (decision in June)

Video tutorials to walk you through the grant application process in our new system are available here – SmartSimple videos.

Want to update your saved 2022 COVID Response: Adapt Grant applications? Go to your Account

2022 COVID Response: Adapt Grants Information Session

The Foundation hosted a 2022 COVID Response: Adapt Grants Information Session on Feb. 15, 2022. You can watch the recording of the session below:

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