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! 

The spring grant intake deadline is April 28, 2020.

The fall grant intake deadline is October 20, 2020.

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
  • Complete the online application - see link below. Please note: paper applications will not be accepted.
  • 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

Apply here!

For general inquiries, please email

2019 Community Grants Expand/Collapse

Sustainable Community Grants

Organization Project Name Amount
Thompson Community Foundation Professional Development $2,000
Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Feasibility Study $5,000
North End Housing Project Inc. Office Equipment Upgrades $3,750
Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba Computer and Office Equipment Upgrades $5,000
Marlene Street Community Resource Centre (MSCRC) Non-Violence Crisis Intervention (NVCI) Training $450
House of Hesed (Manitoba) Inc. Computer Upgrades $3,576
Keewatin Inkster Neighborhood Resource Council Inc. Photocopier Equipment Replacement $3,267
Abilities Manitoba Website Re-design $5,000
Siloam Mission Intranet Development $5,000
Manitoba Inuit Association Office Equipment $5,000
Local Investment Toward Employment (LITE) Communications Revitalization $5,000
Snowflake Place for Children and Youth Strategic Planning $5,000
A Port in the Storm Website Re-Design $5,000
Epic Opportunities Inc. Audio-Visual and Office Equipment $5,000
DASCH Foundation Inc. Marketing Materials $5,000
Central Park Foot Patrol Inc. Website Re-design $2,650
Turning Leaf Community Support Services Website Re-design $5,000
Opportunities For Independence, Inc.  Kitchen Equipment $5,000
North End Wellness Centre Inc. Kitchen Equipment $3,431
Green Action Centre Office Equipment Upgrade $5,000
Artbeat Studio Inc. Computer Upgrades and Software $5,000
John Howard Society of Manitoba Computer and Server Upgrade $5,000
North End Community Renewal Corporation Computerand Software Upgrades $5,000
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Manitoba Chapter Computer Upgrades $2,500
West Central Women's Resource Centre Computer and Software Upgrades $5,000
West Broadway Community Organization Website Re-design $3,375
Wahbung Abinoonjiiag Inc. Strategic Planning $5,000
Innovative LIFE Options Inc Strategic Planning $4,000
Opportunities for Employment Inc Promotional Signage $5,000
Art City Inc. Computer Upgrades for Digital Art Lab $5,000
Community Works Manitoba Inc. Art and Digital Storytelling Development $5,000
Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) Promotional Videography $5,000
Fubuki Daiko Computer Upgrade $1,635
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Website Re-design $5,000
BUILD inc. Painting Van Replacement $5,000
Bookmates Inc. Computer and Office Equipment Upgrades $2,008
Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre Promotional Materials for Re-branding $5,000
Shakespeare in the Ruins, Inc Computer Software Upgrade $3,200
Arts Junktion Manitoba Inc. Mental Health First Aid Training $3,285
Candace House, Inc. Promotional Materialand Website Update $5,000
Evermore Gather Grow Lead Inc. Promotional Materials for Re-branding $3,375
Manitoba Eco-Network Inc. Business Planning $5,000
Daniel McIntyre St. Matthews Community Association Charitable Status Application $4,800
South Sudanese Community Centre (SSCC) Computer and Office Equipment Upgrades $5,000
West Broadway Youth Outreach Computer and Office Equipment $5,000
Farm Fresh Food Hub Community Service Co-op Software Development $3,260
Trees Winnipeg Website Re-design $5,000
West End Cultural Centre Strategic Planning $5,000
Neighborhood Empowerment and Resource Centre (NEARC Inc) Social Media Online Presence Development $3,900
Graffiti Art Programming Inc.  Community Consultation $3,500
West Broadway Community Services Inc Audio-Visual and Office Equipment $2,234
Total Sustainable Organization Grants $215,196

Other Grants

Assiniboine Park Conservancy Imagine a Place Campaign $10,000
Canadian CED Network, Manitoba  Enterprising Non-Profits $10,000
CCPA- Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Core Funding $5,000
Cooperative Development Foundation International Co-operative Development Fund $15,000
Financial Access Community Partners Access Grants for ACU Membership $5,200
Gas Station Theatre Capital Campaign $5,000
Habitat for Humanity Manitoba 2019 Habitat Build $5,000
IRCOM- Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba  Core Funding $10,000
Klinic Community Health Capital Campaign $10,000
Manitoba Cooperative Association Manitoba Cooperative Development $5,000
Manitoba Museum Project Capital Campaign $12,773
Old Grace Housing Coop Capital Support $10,000
Pulford Community Living Services Home Purchase $10,000
SEED Winnipeg Core Funding $5,000
SEED Winnipeg RESP CSI Bursary Fund $5,000
St. John's Ambulance Capital Campaign Capital Campaign $18,000
The Jubilee Fund Core Funding $12,000
United Way of Winnipeg Annual Campaign $27,000
Total Other Grants $179,973


Total Community Grants up to December 31, 2019 $395,117

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