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Major Capital Community Grants

Grants to Winnipeg, Manitoba Nonprofits for
Large-Scale Capital Projects and Campaigns

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The Winnipeg Foundation

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Deadline Date:

06/15/19 4:30 PM


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Grants to Winnipeg, Manitoba nonprofit organizations to support major capital projects and capital campaigns. Applicants must submit an initial application prior to submitting a final proposal. Funding may be requested for projects that primarily benefit Winnipeg’s local communities.

While the Foundation's focus will be on the Granting Priorities, it will continue to respond to emerging community needs.

Strategic Granting Priorities (2019-2021)
- Enrich a creative community
- Build a resilient community
- Grow a sustainable city
- Strengthen physical and mental health
- Nurture educational success

For additional information on the Strategic Granting Priorities, see "Winnipeg Foundation Granting Priorities" in the Supporting Documents below.

Preference is given to projects which:
-Align with The Winnipeg Foundation’s strategic granting priorities
-Demonstrate innovative approaches and techniques to solve community issues, and build individual, neighborhood and/or community capacity;
-Demonstrate accessibility and inclusiveness;
-Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity;
-Address the root causes of issues in our society;
-Demonstrate that consideration has been given to the project’s effect on the environment;
-Encourage more efficient use of community resources;
-Promote cooperation and sharing among organizations to minimize the potential for duplication of services;
-Promote volunteer participation; strengthen an organization’s capacity to be sustainable;

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GrantWatch ID#: 182666

Estimated Size of Grant:

Major Capital Grants are for requests greater than $100,000 for major capital programs.

Term of Contract:

The Winnipeg Foundation is a project funder and does not provide on-going operating support. Grants are awarded for specific purposes and for projects covering a definite period of time. The Foundation does not guarantee annual support for any organization.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant Policies:

-Only registered charities are eligible to apply for grants from The Winnipeg Foundation.
-Organizations must demonstrate a strong and committed board, fiscal responsibility, and effective management.
-Projects must primarily benefit the people of Winnipeg. For projects taking place outside of the City, applicants should demonstrate how the project will also benefit the people of Winnipeg. (This includes people making a temporary home in Winnipeg – for example, those coming to the city for medical treatment.)
-Pilot or demonstration projects must include provision for evaluation and a realistic plan for financial viability beyond the pilot stage.
-Organizations may apply for one Community Grant per calendar year. A second application will be considered in the case of a collaboration. (More detailed information about collaborations can be found in Grant Assessment Criteria in Supporting Documents below.)
-Applying for a Community Grant does not preclude an organization from applying for a Special Program Grant in the same calendar year, but it must be for a different project.
- Organizations must submit a satisfactory report on their previous Community Grant before submitting a new Community Grant application.

NOTE: Effective September 1, 2017, an organization may not apply for a Community Grant if it has an outstanding Community Grant. You must submit your final report from your previous grant before submitting a new Community Grant application.

Grants are not usually made to:
-Support operating expenses of established agencies or programs;

Grants are not made to, or for:
-Project costs related to activities undertaken before the date of the Grants Committee or Board decision;
-Annual fundraising campaigns or annual fundraising events;
-Pay down mortgages or reduce deficits;
-Political activities;
-exclusively religious activities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Planning an application for a Major Capital Community Grant? The upcoming information session will cover timelines, application tips and the review process, as well as answer any questions you may have.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Salon A, Richardson Conference Centre (end of concourse below Fairmont Hotel)

Please RSVP by Monday, Feb. 25

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Pre-Application Information:

There is a two-stage application process for Major Capital Grants ($100,000+). Applications must be submitted online.

Stage 1: Application due by March 30, 4:30 p.m. (notification of status by May 15)
-Basic information, including amount requested and brief project description.
-Stage 1 applications that meet The Foundation’s funding priorities will be invited to submit a Stage 2 application by June 15.
-Organizations can only submit one Stage 1 application per year. However, organizations that are not invited to submit a Stage 2 application will still be eligible to apply for a One-Time Community Grant during the calendar year (i.e., in September), for a different project.

Stage 2: Application (by invitation) due by June 15, 4:30 p.m. (notification of decision in November)

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

Coalitions or networks are encouraged to discuss their proposals with a Community Grants Associate prior to applying.

Schools and Parent Advisory Councils submitting an application to The Winnipeg Foundation must include a letter from the School Division confirming that the Division is aware of the proposal being submitted and that it is a priority project for the Division.

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

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Megan Tate, Director of Community Grants
204.944.9474 / 1.877.974.3631 (toll-free)

The Winnipeg Foundation
1350 - One Lombard Place
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 0X3, Canada

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