Organizational Development Grants

Organizational Development Grants is designed to help Winnipeg charitable organizations build their capacity for stability today and sustainability in the future.

Eligibility

  • Organizational Development Grants are for registered charities that primarily benefit the citizens of Winnipeg.
  • Your organization must have a Community Grants history with The Winnipeg Foundation in order to be eligible for an Organizational Development Grant.
  • Your organization must have a registered charitable number from Canada Revenue Agency to apply for an Organizational Development Grant. (This number is required to access the online application form.)
  • You may apply for one Organizational Development Grant per calendar year.
  • Applying for an Organizational Development Grant does not preclude an organization from applying for a Community Grant or other Special Program grant in the same calendar year, but it must be for a different project.

Criteria

The maximum grant request is $10,000. Types of projects include:

  • Group mentorship – cohorts or organizations who commit to growing together as leaders under the guidance of a mentor
  • Job shadowing – where the specific nature of an executive director’s work requires special knowledge transfer, for example in the case of a founding or long-serving executive director, or an organization where they are the sole staff member
  • Communications planning*
  • Fundraising or capital campaign planning*
  • Human Resources planning or policy development*
  • Strategic planning* – must include board and management
  • Feasibility studies – includes, but is not limited to, social enterprise, mergers or shared resources with other agencies
  • Evaluation – assessing program impact or establishing an evaluation framework
  • Governance or board development – including training, policy development
  • Imagine Canada accreditation – costs associated with pursuing accreditation

*Planning requests may include consultant’s fees and other costs related to the planning process. Does not include implementation of the plan.

Please review our Organizational Development Grants Policies & Guidelines [PDF] to ensure your project fits the criteria.

Application Due Date

Applications are accepted through our online application process on a continuous basis; please allow at least eight weeks for notification.

Resources

  • Volunteer Manitoba
    Offers a range of workshops and training on board governance, volunteer management, and organizational development such as grant-writing. It also hosts the Non-Profit Drop-In Centre, which provides access to meeting space, computers, a resource library, access to a funding database, and more!
  • SPARK
    Offers short term specific supports for non-profit organizations where non-profit organizations are matched with professional volunteers.
  • United Way of Winnipeg
    Provides small grants to strengthen governance and leadership, strategy and business planning, financial management and human resources. The United Way also offers a range of courses and services through its Non-Profit Learning Centre.

For more ideas, visit our Resources page!


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