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Reconciliation Grant

Grants to Manitoba Charities to Promote
Community Reconciliation in Winnipeg

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Winnipeg Foundation

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Deadline Date:

10/15/18 4:30 PM


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Grants to Manitoba charitable organizations to achieve reconciliation among diverse populations within the City of Winnipeg. Funding is intended to support programs and projects such as community events, performances, and cultural festivals, as well as renovations and organizational capacity building.

Reconciliation Grants are a one-time call for proposals developed in response to The Winnipeg Foundation’s Vital Signs® 2017, which identified reconciliation as one of Winnipeg’s most pressing issues, a central theme for community well-being, and an area that requires more focused attention and immediate action. Reconciliation Grants will help organizations work towards a shared goal of reconciliation in the community.

Grants are available to charitable organizations for projects and programs that respond to one or more of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 Calls to Action and relate to UNDRIP. Applicants will be required to demonstrate clearly how their proposed project relates to UNDRIP and addresses one or more of the Calls to Action. (See links in Supporting Documents below.)

Grant policies are as follows:

- Proposals must clearly outline elements of the project that are Indigenous led and/or demonstrate authentic engagement with the Indigenous community. Priority will be given to projects that include a well-defined plan to involve Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Mentors and/or Residential School Survivors and demonstrate appropriate cultural protocols. Projects, where relevant, should also include consultation with other relevant stakeholders (e.g. youth).
- Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate how they fit into a larger, ongoing reconciliation strategy and that build capacity within organizations to continue their reconciliation journey.
- Projects proposing work across diverse populations must demonstrate good comprehension of local Indigenous culture and history, as well as other participating cultures.
- Preference will be given to projects that are collaborative.

Eligible Expenses for Reconciliation Grants:

- Organizational education and relationship building – includes support for staff that will strengthen an organization’s internal knowledge and capacity related to reconciliation, allowing them to better conduct associated work in the community.
- Community gatherings/other events – includes costs related to ceremonies, feasts, festivals, performances, cultural events, etc.
- Program expenses – includes costs of a specific program, such as staffing, traditional offerings, honoraria, traditional cultural materials, promotions, transportation, facility rentals, administrative costs, etc.
- Capital/renovations – includes minor renovations as part of a broader reconciliation project. Organizations with stand-alone renovation projects are encouraged to apply for a One-Time Community Grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183975

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation will distribute grants of up to $100,000. The total amount requested must be less than $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may unfold over one to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Projects must primarily benefit the people of Winnipeg. For projects located outside of the City, applicants should demonstrate how the project will also benefit the people of Winnipeg.

Grant policies are as follows:

- Only registered charities with a registered charitable number from the Canada Revenue Agency are eligible for grants from The Winnipeg Foundation. (This number is required to access the online application form.)
- Organizations must demonstrate a strong and committed board, fiscal responsibility, and effective management.

At this time, grants will not be made to or for:

- National organizations without a Manitoba or Winnipeg-based chapter.
- Project costs related to activities undertaken before the date of the Committee decision.
- Individual elementary or secondary schools, or individual post-secondary departments. However, institution-wide proposals (i.e., school division-wide, post secondary institution-wide) will be considered.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An information session will take place on September 14, 2018 at 2:45 - 3:30 p.m.


Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: October 15th, 2018, 4:30 PM
Notification of decisions: January 2019

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

Applications will be accepted online only.

To view the video about the Reconciliation Grants program:

For Winnipeg's Vital Signs:

Contact Information:

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

For the online application portal:

For assistance, applicants should contact:

Noah Erenberg
Community Grants Associate
(toll-free 1.877.974.3631)

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

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Manitoba