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Organizational Development Grant

Grants to Winnipeg, Manitoba Nonprofits for Organizational
Efficiency and Capacity Building Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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United Way Winnipeg

Deadline Date:

11/09/18 4:30 PM


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Grants to Winnipeg, Manitoba nonprofit agencies for programs that support organizational efficiency and capacity. Priority areas of funding include human resources, financial management, strategy and business planning, and governance and leadership.

For the Foundation, capacity building for organizational effectiveness means supporting organizations to strengthen the following six core capacities:

-Governance & Leadership: Focusing on improvements to the processes and structures used by the Board. (I.e. development or revision to board by-laws, policies, procedures documents, terms of reference, roles/responsibilities of board, board review/assessment, research and assessment associated with applying for charitable status, accreditation through Imagine Canada).

-Strategy and Business Planning: Enhancing agency capacity so that it results in stronger decision-making, strategy development, and planning processes. (I.e. development of strategic plans; needs assessment/plan development; succession planning, communications and social media plan; environmental scan to gauge changing client need; information and technology planning).

-Financial Management: Fostering an improved ability in agencies to effectively manage and deploy organizational revenues and assets. (I.e. development of process and procedures to ensure financial accountability and transparency; development of fundraising strategy/plan; development of fundraising policies).

-Human Resources: Enhancing areas related to the systems, policies, and procedures to ensure effective functioning of an agency’s human resources that comply, at minimum, with employment, health and safety, and other applicable legislation as well as good practice standards. (I.e. development of HR policies, procedures, development of job descriptions; conflict resolution policy, volunteer management policies/procedures).

Preference will be given to projects that:

-Demonstrate a clear alignment with your organization’s current strategic plan, and by extension, your organization’s mission and vision.
-Are urgently needed to address organizational challenges.
-Contribute to building the overall capacity and effectiveness of your organization through one or more of the six core capacities noted above.
-Have been recommended by United Way Agency Liaison Volunteers – this point is specific to United Way Agency Partners

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166400

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To apply for United Way’s Organizational Development Grant, your organization must:
-Be a registered non-profit organization, and
-Be an organization working in the health and social service sector, and
-Be based in Winnipeg, and
-Primarily provide programs and services for Winnipeg individuals, and
-Have and submit a current or recently expired (within 1 year) strategic plan

Note: Agencies are eligible for one project per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). A project funded by an Organizational Development Grant must be completed and an invoice submitted to United Way before another application to the fund can be approved.

Grants will not be approved to support costs associated with:
-Staff costs or salaries
-Staff development and training
-Capital purchases
-Transportation, space rental, or food
-Execution of operating plans and/or strategies
-Conference registration, workshop registration and travel
-Projects/activities already completed before the application is reviewed and approved by the review committee

Pre-Application Information:

Effective April 1, for the 2018-2019 year, applications will no longer be reviewed on a first come first serve basis.

United Way Winnipeg will accept applications for a window of four weeks during two intake periods. The review committee will review all applications against the criteria to make final funding decisions.

2018 Intake 1:
Applications must be submitted by email and will be accepted starting April 16 at 8:30 a.m. until May 11 at 4:30 p.m.

2018 Intake 2:
Applications must be submitted by email and will be accepted starting October 15 at 8:30 a.m. to November 9 at 4:30 p.m. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in early December.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications may be submitted by email to:

580 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 1C7

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Canada: Manitoba