Emerging Leaders’ Fellowship

The Emerging Leaders’ Fellowship (ELF) encourages young professionals and post-secondary students in Winnipeg to learn more about the non-profit sector.

ELF provides the opportunity for youth to increase their experience in, and understanding of, community issues by awarding fellowships of up to $10,000 for youth ages 18 – 30 to work in partnership with a local registered charitable organization and implement a project, program, or exhibit of their own design.


  • Applicants must be youth ages 18 – 30
  • Proposed partner organizations must have a registered charity number from Canada Revenue Agency
  • Receiving an ELF grant does not preclude an organization from applying for a Community or Special Programs Grant in the same calendar year, but it must be for a different project
  • Projects must primarily benefit the citizens of Winnipeg and be completed within one year of the grant date


To be considered for ELF, Fellow applicants must choose an agency that is a registered charitable organization and design a project that benefits the needs of the organization and the citizens of Winnipeg. Eligible costs include honorariums, research, resource development and materials, promotions, and administration.

If successful in the application process, the organization and Fellow are responsible for reaching a contractual agreement on the expenditure of funds to cover the Fellow’s honorarium and project costs. For complete Fellow and project criteria, please review our ELF Policies and Guidelines [PDF].

Recent Grants

Fellow and Partner Organization Project description Amount
Shaden Abusaleh
Gas Station Arts Centre
Sawa Theatre Project
EAL spring/summer theatre program which fostered creativity, promoted personal growth, and encouraged long lasting friendships for newcomer youth in Winnipeg.
Caroline Gichungu
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM)
Indigenous-Newcomer Relations program
Workshop for IRCOM tenants led by the Fellow and an Indigenous elder, followed by a community gathering at Meet Me at the Bell Tower North End. The curriculum developed through this project was also incorporated into IRCOM’s training opportunities for tenants.
Stephanie Johnson
Tamarack Recovery Centre
Addicts and Artists
Series of weekly workshops that brought together local artists and clients of Tamarack to create bodies of art that showcased the issues people struggling with addiction face, followed by exhibits at local galleries.
Aliraza Alidina
Social Planning Council of Winnipeg
Indigenous-Newcomer Services Research project
Report on what initiatives exist in Winnipeg that foster safe spaces for dialogue between the newcomer and Indigenous communities, and recommendations for these initiatives as identified by newcomers and Indigenous elders.

Not accepting applications for the Emerging Leaders’ Fellowship in 2023.

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