Photo: Participants at Rossbrook House. Winnipeg Foundation archive photo.
Relaunched Foundation initiative provides healthy food and nutrition education for Winnipeg kids.
Having access to healthy food and learning about cooking and nutrition are not only key to a child’s health and well-being – they also set up lifelong healthy eating habits that can help them reach their full potential.
In response to the needs of community organizations, The Winnipeg Foundation launched its Nourishing Potential initiative in 2011, supporting after-school, drop-in, and summer programs to provide healthy food and nutrition education to Winnipeg kids.
Following the winding down of the formal Nourishing Potential initiative in 2015, applications for the program were integrated with The Foundation’s larger Community Grants program. However, following a re-evaluation of its grant-making, The Foundation re-introduced Nourishing Potential as a separate granting stream earlier this year.
“We heard from community organizations that Nourishing Potential was valued as a dedicated program,” says Megan Tate, Director of Community Grants at The Winnipeg Foundation. “Having Nourishing Potential in this stand-alone capacity allows organizations to continue to apply for support while also applying for a diverse range of projects through our Community Grants program.”
Organizations can receive one Nourishing Potential grant each year for up to $10,000 toward food, equipment, and nutrition education or food handling training.
“We know that the need for extra funding to access and learn about healthy food is still there,” Tate says. “The founding principles of Nourishing Potential still hold true today.”
Nourishing Potential Grants
The following grants were approved September 2019.
|Broadway Neighbourhood Centre||$10,000|
|Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation||$7,000|
|Dawn & Dusk Before and After School Program||$3,500|
|Evermore Gather Grow Lead||$9,000|
|Heritage Park Children’s Programs||$6,500|
|James Child Care||$10,000|
|Kings Park Day Care Centre||$8,150|
|Macdonald Youth Services||$10,000|
|Manitoba School Improvement Program||$10,000|
|Nor’West Co-Op Community Health Centre||$10,000|
|Ryerson School-Age Centre||$10,000|
|Spence Neighbourhood Association||$10,000|
|Stanley Knowles Children’s Centre||$7,500|
|Teen Stop Jeunesse||$8,300|
|The Fort Whyte Foundation||$10,000|
|The West Central Women’s Resource Centre||$9,386|
|West Broadway Youth Outreach||$10,000|
|Westgrove Children’s Centre||$7,095|
|Youth for Christ (Winnipeg)||$6,980|
This story is featured in the Fall 2019 issue of our Working Together magazine. Download or view the full issue on our Publications page.