20 Winnipeg charities receive capital support from The Winnipeg Foundation totaling $3.975 million


For immediate release: The Winnipeg Foundation is pleased to announce 20 local charities will receive capital campaign support totaling $3.975 million. The charities receiving funding through The Foundation’s Major Capital Grants program offer diverse programming across all Cause areas in our community. The Foundation provides grants for Major Capital projects once a year to assist the charitable sector in its growth.  

Capital campaigns are essential for charities to acquire or update facilities or equipment, develop capacity, increase program scope, and more. All the charities supported with Major Capital Grants this year are actively raising funds for their capital campaigns. As Giving Tuesday is just around the corner on Tuesday, Nov. 30, it is a good time for the community to consider making a gift.  

The Major Capital Grants announced today range in size from $75,000 to $500,000 and are allotted to the following organizations:  

  • Agape Table 
  • Candace House 
  • Clan Mothers Turtle Lodge 
  • Deer Lodge Foundation for Geriatrics 
  • Holy Names House of Peace 
  • IISD Experimental Lakes Area 
  • Ka Ni Kanichihk 
  • Ma Mawi-Wi-Chi-Itata Centre 
  • Manitoba Islamic Association 
  • Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art 
  • Raising the Roof Chez Toit 
  • Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service Foundation 
  • Spence Neighbourhood Association 
  • St.Amant Foundation 
  • The Royal Winnipeg Ballet 
  • The West Central Women’s Resource Centre  
  • The WRENCH (The Winnipeg Repair Education and Cycling Hub) 
  • Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba 
  • West Broadway Development Corporation 
  • Westminster Housing Society 

Learn more about the projects here:

2021 Recipients of Major Capital Grants

Organization Program Grant amount 
Agape Table To purchase a new, accessible location to address the growing need for current services, expansion of support programs, and increased hours of operation. $250,000  
Candace House To expand the services of Candace House by leasing and renovating additional space adjacent to its current location. $100,000  
Clan Mothers Turtle Lodge To build a financially sustainable Healing Village for women who have experienced intergenerational trauma, sexual violence, exploitation and trafficking. $300,000  
Deer Lodge Foundation for Geriatrics To support phase 2 of Deer Lodge Centre’s Dementia Unit Project. $75,000  
Holy Names House of Peace To enable House of Peace to purchase its current building and support its long-term sustainability.   $200,000  
IISD Experimental Lakes Area To support the Centre for Climate and Lake Learning, a 10,000 square foot experiential learning facility for hands-on education, research, and partnership with Indigenous communities. $100,000  
Ka Ni Kanichihk To expand Ka Ni Kanichihk’s space, capacity and scope of services. $200,000  
Ma Mawi-Wi-Chi-Itata Centre To support the new Elmwood-based Family Care Centre at 575 Larsen Street. $500,000  
Manitoba Islamic Association To support priority roof repairs at the Manitoba Islamic Association’s Connections site at 406 Edmonton Street. $190,000  
Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art To support construction and related costs of the Centre for the Arts at the Market Lands Creative Hub. $250,000  
Raising the Roof Chez Toit To enable Raising the Roof to renovate a vacant property and offer affordable housing in the North End.   $75,000  
Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service Foundation To help support purchase of a new helicopter for the Winnipeg base. $75,000  
Spence Neighbourhood Association To expand office and program space.   $150,000  
St.Amant Foundation To support Phase 3 of the Stabilization Unit capital campaign. $200,000  
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet To support priority components of Phase 2 of the Campus Revitalization project. $100,000  
The West Central Women’s Resource Centre To allow West Central Women’s Resource Centre to create new transitional housing units for individuals who have experienced gender-based violence and to renovate its current office building.   $500,000  
The WRENCH (The Winnipeg Repair Education and Cycling Hub) To purchase and renovate a new, accessible location. $250,000  
Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba To build a new, fully-accessible main washroom and shower at Camp Brereton.   $100,000  
West Broadway Development Corporation To develop a Community Food Centre in West Broadway, in collaboration with Klinic.    $150,000  
Westminster Housing Society To enable Westminster Housing Society to create new, affordable housing for the 2SLGBTQ+ community, in collaboration with West Broadway Community Organization and Rainbow Resource Centre.   $210,000  
 Total $3,975,000  

“Charities deliver valuable programming that builds community and supports us all,” says Sky Bridges, CEO, The Winnipeg Foundation. “The financial impacts of the pandemic have been especially challenging for charities. The Major Capital Grants announced today will help charities to meet their capital campaign goals, so they can continue to offer vital services to our community.” 

Ka Ni Kanichihk is one of the 20 charities receiving support. Ka Ni Kanichihk is one of only a handful of charitable organizations in Winnipeg established and led by Indigenous people. To ensure Winnipeg can offer opportunities to a growing population of Indigenous people who want to be included and participate fully in the Indigenous community, Ka Ni Kanichihk requires expanded space, capacity and scope of services. 

“It’s critical in reconciliation to invest in and with Indigenous-led organizations,” says Dodie Jordaan, executive director, Ka Ni Kanichihk. “The need for Indigenous-led space, programs and support has led Ka Ni Kanichihk to plan for a new purpose-built facility in the heart of Winnipeg. The new building on Ka Ni Kanichihk’s existing campus at 455 McDermot Ave. will create unique spaces and new opportunities for people to heal, learn, train for jobs and gain agency – all centred in culture.”  

“The expanded campus will include a much-needed central resource hub, a rare inner-city green space, a cultural centre, healing spaces, a daycare, mental and physical wellness supports, and a home for reconciliation in downtown Winnipeg where Indigenous and non-Indigenous people can connect and build a stronger community together,” Jordaan adds. “We are so grateful to The Winnipeg Foundation and all that support The Foundation for this amazing gift, Chi-Miigwetch/Ekosani/Marsee!” 

“The Major Capital Grants announced today are only possible because of the generous people who, for 100 years, have chosen to give through The Winnipeg Foundation. We are so grateful for their generous support,” says Doneta Brotchie, board chair, The Winnipeg Foundation. “We know charities have been hit hard during the pandemic. Today’s Major Capital Grants recipients have persevered to survive and are now building to thrive with the help of donors and our community. How proud we can all be that we live in the province recognized as Canada’s most generous!” 


Media inquiries/questions:

LuAnn Lovlin, CFRE
Director of Communications & Marketing, The Winnipeg Foundation
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