Community Grants

Do you work in the areas of community inclusion, environmental sustainability, or community enterprise development? Would you like help in making your organization more sustainable? You've come to the right place! Our Sustainable Organization Grants were designed specifically to help you achieve your goals. 

Anyone who's managed a non-profit knows that the work can be very satisfying, but also frustrating. Does this sound familiar?

Your computer is old, runs slowly and keeps crashing. Your office furniture is even older and your chair gives you a backache. Employees are enthusiastic but inexperienced and there is no training budget to help with their professional development. Your website is an embarrassment. Your display materials look like they were made by a 6th grader for a science fair. You are all busy and can’t find the time to step away from day–to-day issues to consider your organization’s role and plan for the future. And where would you find the funds to do that anyway? Your donors and funders want their dollars to be allocated to programming, not to “administration”.

We're here to help! 

2017 Application Deadlines: May 1 and November 1.

Grant range: $500 to $5,000. You can apply for up to 75% of your project's costs.

We provide grants for projects such as:

Equipment. Examples: upgraded computers, office furniture, secure storage facilities

Planning. Examples: strategic plans, feasibility plans, community consultations

Public awareness. Examples: website redesign, video production, information and display materials

Professional development. Examples: leadership training, staff and board retreats, attendance at conferences and workshops

We invest in organizations working in the following areas:

Community inclusion
Organizations working to increase the social and economic participation of marginalized members of the community such as Indigenous people, newcomers, disadvantaged women or youth and people living with disabilities. 

Environmental sustainability
Organizations working to create positive solutions to environmental concerns.

Community enterprise development
Cooperatives and social enterprises (revenue-generating businesses owned/operated by non-profits primarily for the purpose of achieving social, economic, cultural or environmental goals).

Who can apply

Non-profit organizations, associations, societies, charities, cooperatives and social enterprises with missions and values consistent with ours here at Assiniboine Credit Union.

We don't provide community grants for:

  • individuals or private businesses
  • ongoing programs
  • political parties and affiliated activities
  • religious activities
  • organizations working outside of Manitoba
  • health care organizations
  • competitive sports organizations

Application and selection process

  • we accept applications twice a year; this year, our application deadlines are May 1, 2017 and November 1, 2017
  • applications must be typed and submitted on the 2017 Sustainable Organization Grant Application Form (see below); incomplete applications won't be considered
  • applications are assessed and approved by our Grants Committee
  • applications are assessed primarily for their contribution towards strengthening organizations working in our focus areas.
  • with limited funding available, we give preference to active ACU members and smaller community organizations that don't have substantial operating budgets or many other sources of funding
  • you can expect to receive notification within 6 weeks of the application deadline
  • the grants we approve are reported to our members and to the community

Limitations and conditions

  • only one Sustainable Organization Grant per year per organization is permitted
  • successful applicants must submit a short report following the completion of the project
  • organizations that received funding in prior years must submit a report before being considered for another grant
  • we expect grant recipients to appropriately recognize the contribution of Assiniboine Credit Union

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Sustainable Community Grants

Organization Project/Program Amount
About Face Business Plan $5,000
ANAK Publishing Worker Co-op ANAK Publishing Social Media Marketing $911
ArtsJunktion Professional Development $1,350
Bar None Rideshare Database $4,000
CEDA- Community Education Development Association Van Acquisition for Café Social Enterprise $4,000
Elmwood Community Resource Centre ECRC Cultural Awareness Retreat $2,000
Farm Fresh Food Community Service Co-op Focus Groups for Farm Fresh Food Software Application Development $3,000
Keewatin Inkster Neighbourhood Resource Centre KINRC Technology Upgrade $2,906
Little Saints Learning Center Wellness Day for Daycare Employees $895
Manitoba Association of Rights & Liberties ED Transition Planning $2,000
Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities Developmental Program Evaluation $4,000
Marlene Street Resource Centre Website & Social Media Update $2,363
MAWA - Mentoring Artists for Women's Art MAWA Strategic Plan 2018-2021 $3,375
North Point Douglas Seniors Association Seniors Office Upgrade $3,000
Northern Lights Mentorship Group Administrative Upgrade $4,000
Old Grace Housing Co-op Co-operative Internet Service $4,000
Opportunities for Employment Leadership Development $1,725
Point.powerline Taking Back the Neighbourhood $600
Red Tent Project Strategic & Sustainability Planning $1,500
Resource Assistance for Youth Better Outcomes: Information Management for Evaluation & Growth $4,000
Seeds of Life Alliance Community Service Co-op Tools Purchase for Community Supported Agriculture $2,000
Sexuality Education Resource Centre Staff Professional Development $1,800
Social Enterprise Centre Five Year Plan for Winnipeg's Social Enterprise Centre $4,000
Teen Stop Jeunesse Computer Upgrade $3,000
Transition St Boniface Sustainable Secondary Suite Video $1,200
Urban Eatin' Landscapes Professional Development & Skill Sharing $2,500
Villa Rosa Replacing Computers $4,000
Winnipeg Aboriginal Film & Video Festival New iMac Computer & Indesign Software $2,500
Winnipeg Trails Association On The Right Path Organizational Development $3,000
WRENCH - Winnipeg Repair Education & Cycling Hub The WRENCH Ecommerce & POS Upgrade $2,500
Total Sustainable Organization Grants   $81,125

Other Grants

Assiniboine Park Conservancy Imagine a Place Capital Campaign $10,000
Canadian CED Network, Manitoba Enterprising Non-Profits $15,000
Financial Access Community Partners Access Grants for ACU Membership $3,500
Fred Douglas Place Building Condition Assessment Grant $2,000
Habitat for Humanity Manitoba 2017 Habitat Build $5,000
IRCOM – Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Core Funding $5,000
Lake Winnipeg Foundation Monitoring our Waterways $5,000
Macdonald Youth Services Youth Resource Centre Capital Campaign $5,000
SEED Winnipeg Core Funding & CSI Bursary Fund $10,000
St. Norbert Farmers' Market Co-op New Canopy $5,000
The Jubilee Fund Core Funding $10,000
University of Winnipeg Foundation Chair in Co-operative Enterprises $5,000
Winnipeg Foundation Nourishing Potential $8,000
Total Other Grants   $88,500


Total Community Grants $169,625

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