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Literacy for Life Fund Grants

Grants to Manitoba Nonprofits for Intergenerational
Literacy Programs in Libraries and Community Centers

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Winnipeg Foundation - Literacy for Life Fund

Deadline Date:

10/01/18 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $4,000 to Manitoba nonprofit organizations to support intergenerational literacy programming to strengthen families and build reading skills. Programs may take place in libraries and community centers throughout the province. Grants will support family literacy programs that include children and parents or caregivers participating together in activities that emphasize intergenerational learning.

1. Winnipeg Public Library Granting
The Winnipeg Public Library will be eligible to apply for funding up to a maximum of one third of the annual grant making capacity of the Literacy for Life Fund. The Committee may approve this annual allocation taking into consideration the Winnipeg Public Library’s commitment towards family literacy through its general operations.

2. General Granting
Grants to other organizations will not exceed $4,000. Project applications must include: demonstration of intergenerational/family involvement, a budget and project description. Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate evidence of need, community partnerships, trained staff (or inclusion of training in the proposal) and volunteer commitment.

3. Special Grants
From time to time, other grant requests in the family literacy field of interest (that are consistent with the purpose of the Literacy for Life Fund) will be considered, and may exceed the general grant’s threshold.

Eligible project costs include:
-Purchase of books, videos, or educational toys directly supporting the program
-Wages for facilitation and child-minding*
-Honoraria for guest speakers or literacy advisors
-Craft materials and supplies
-Healthy snacks
-Professional development
-Office expenses and administration (suggested administration cost is no more than 15% of project budget)
-Recognition for volunteers
-Promotion and advertising
-Contingency expenses (eg. bus tickets)

*A note about wages: Please note, Literacy for Life grants will cover wages of up to $25/hour for facilitators and $15/hour for child minding. Honoraria for guest presenters will be capped at $125 for a 30 minute presentation and $250 for a minimum 45 minute presentation. If wages are higher than these amounts, the difference can be made up from another funding source.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179698

Estimated Size of Grant:

General Granting requests may be up to $4,000. Special Grants may exceed this threshold.

The Winnipeg Public Library will be eligible to apply for funding up to a maximum of one third of the annual grant making capacity of the Literacy for Life Fund.

Term of Contract:

Organizations with consistent costs and a strong track record of delivery family literacy programming, that have received at least three Literacy for Life grants in the previous six years, may opt to have their application considered for up to three years of support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only Manitoba-based registered charities (including Winnipeg Public Library) are eligible for grants from The Winnipeg Foundation’s Literacy for Life Fund.

Applying for a Literacy for Life Grant does not preclude an organization from applying for a Community Grant (One-Time, Multi-Year or Major Capital) or other Special Program grant in the same calendar year, but it must be for a different project.

Grants will not be made to:
-Rent or renovations
-Capital campaigns
-School-based activities that would normally be funded by a school
-Large capital items (such as video and still cameras, furniture, computers, and printers)
-Staff certification fees
-Fee-based programs

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations applying for a Literacy for Life grant for the first time are encouraged to consult with The Winnipeg Foundation before submitting an application.

The online application form is active for approximately four weeks before the due dates.

Applications are due by 4:30 PM on the following dates:
-February 1st (notification of decision late February)
-June 1st (notification of decision late June)
-October 1st (notification of decision late October)

Note: If an application date falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will be accepted until 4:30 PM the next business day.

Granting FAQ:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Kerry Ryan, Community Grants Associate
204.944.9474 / toll-free: 1.877.974.3631

The Winnipeg Foundation
1350 One Lombard Place
Winnipeg, MB R3B 0X3

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Canada: Manitoba