Stabilization Grants

Our community’s charitable organizations continue to experience an uncertain future due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.

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: March 31, 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 a Winnipeg office or staff, 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

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

  • Short-term operating support
  • Program redevelopment and/or delivery
  • Sustainability planning (including fundraising)
  • Organizational restructuring (including mergers)


Assessment of applications will include:

  • Financial assessment, including grant history
  • Organizational assessment (work in community, stability, board strength, whether the group is led by or serves diverse communities)
  • How a grant will move the organization forward

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 31, 2021 (decision early July)

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Stabilization Grants Information Session

The Winnipeg Foundation’s Grants Team hosted a live online Stabilization Grants Information Session on March 4, 2021. You can watch the recording of the session below:


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 are unrestricted and intended to be used to address priorities indicated in the application. However, if needs emerge due to pandemic-related revenue loss, increased costs, or unexpected operating requirements, funding is flexible.

Stabilization 2021 FAQs

The application asks about financials from our organization’s fiscal year end. My organization’s year-end is not March 31, so the impact of COVID is crossing two years.

We understand that groups have various year-ends. Please describe how the pandemic has impacted your organization over the past 12 months, from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. If your fiscal year ended prior to March 31, please provide your year end actuals, along with a projection for impact in your current fiscal year.

Is my organization ineligible for support if it shows a surplus?

No. We understand organizations may be showing surpluses for various reasons, including inability to spend project funding due to COVID restrictions. Organizations will not be penalized for showing a surplus.

Do you require audited statements to be submitted with the application?

No. However, if we have questions about your financials, we may request additional documentation.

Can Stabilization Grants be used retroactively?

Yes. Stabilization funding is unrestricted.

Will partial grants be awarded?

Yes, awarding a portion of the requested amount is at the discretion of the Grants Committee.

My organization has had to adapt existing programming to meet new demands due to COVID. Is this eligible for support?

Unexpected additional program costs, due to COVID, are eligible. (For example: PPE for participants, staffing to address increased demand/reduced group size, cost of moving programming online.)

Can I apply for this grant if I have already received a Stabilization Grant in 2020 or other COVID-related support?

Yes. All Winnipeg-based registered charities are eligible to apply, regardless of any current or past grants from The Winnipeg Foundation or other funders.

If my Stabilization Grant application is successful, can I apply for other Winnipeg Foundation grants this year?

Yes. Stabilization Grants is a stand-alone grant program; applying for or receiving a Stabilization Grant does not preclude you from applying to other grant programs.


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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