Stabilization Grants

This program is now closed.

Many of Winnipeg’s charitable organizations are experiencing financial losses and an uncertain future.

Stabilization Grants is a special grant program that will support the short- and medium-term financial needs of local charitable organizations affected by revenue loss and unexpected expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is open to all Winnipeg-based registered charities, regardless of any current or past grants from The Winnipeg Foundation.

  • Maximum request: $50,000
  • Due: June 1, 4:30 p.m.

We recognize need in our community is great and expect applications will surpass our resources. Not all applications will be funded, despite their merit.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Your organization must have a registered charitable number from Canada Revenue Agency to apply for a Stabilization Grant. (This number is required to access the online application form.)
  • Registered charities based in Winnipeg, or provincial or national charities with permanent Winnipeg staff (as of March 15, 2020), that primarily serve the citizens of Winnipeg are eligible.
  • Receiving a Stabilization Grant does not impact an organization’s ability to apply to other Foundation grants programs or receive emergency funding.
  • The program is open to all Winnipeg registered charities, regardless of any current or past grants from The Winnipeg Foundation, including grants where there is still an outstanding final report.
  • Organizations may submit only one Stabilization Grant application.

Types of Funding

Stabilization Grants are available to help Winnipeg’s charitable organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to continue their short-term operations.

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

  • Short-term unrestricted support to ensure organizational continuity.
  • Recovery of additional costs incurred to date due to COVID-19. Examples include:
    • To support operations and human resource needs, such as paid sick leave, work from home needs.
    • To pivot programming delivery to accommodate physical distancing.
    • To purchase technology needed to work/deliver programming remote.
    • To provide emergency support to clients.
  • Organizational planning to address longer-term operational needs/sustainability.

Application and Due Date

The application form includes your contact information, an overview of your organization, and simple questions about how COVID-19 has affected your organization.

  • An estimate of lost revenue/additional expenses
  • Estimate of other relief funding (e.g. Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy)
  • A description of how financial support will ensure organizational continuity

Application closed June 1, 2020 (decision early July)


My organization already has an active grant from The Winnipeg Foundation. Am I eligible for a Stabilization Grant?

Yes. Any Winnipeg-based registered charity may apply.

My organization received a COVID emergency grant from The Winnipeg Foundation. Am I eligible for a Stabilization Grant?

Yes. Stabilization Grants are a stand-alone program, unrelated to COVID emergency grants.

What types of organizations will this program fund?

The Winnipeg Foundation continues to be a 360-degree grantmaker, funding a range of projects in our Cause areas:

  • Children, Youth & Families
  • Literacy, Education & Employment
  • Health, Recreation & Wellness
  • Environment & Animal Welfare
  • Arts, Culture & Heritage

I forgot my password. How can I access my account?

Just click the forgot password button and enter your e-mail address as prompted. A new temporary password will be sent to you.

What is the Foundation looking for in a Stabilization Grant application?

The application consists of simple questions about the impact of COVID-19 on your organization and how you would use Stabilization Grant funding.

What can Stabilization Grants be used for?

Stabilization Grants can be used to address the priority indicated by the organization in the application. For example, short-term unrestricted support, recovery of additional costs incurred due to COVID-19, or organizational planning to address longer-term sustainability.


The Foundation also hosted a Stabilization Grants Overview and Q&A on May 14. You can watch the video recording of the session here or through the embedded video below:

If you have a question that wasn’t answered in the above FAQ, please email our grants team.

Staff are working from home and doing their best to respond to inquiries as quickly as possible.

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