Community Funding Opportunities and Private Foundations

Upcoming Festival and Grant Deadlines February 2018  (click on text to download Word doc)

Michaëlle Jean Foundation

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation (FMJF) supports youth arts initiatives that transform young lives and revitalize underserved communities across Canada.  The Foundation collaborates with a network of 700 grassroots organizations across Canada to equip disadvantaged youth with the tools and drive to ignite change in their communities through the arts.


MusiCounts Band Aid grants provide elementary and high school music programs with funds (in $5,000 and $10,000 allotments) for the purchase of musical instruments and equipment that is necessary to sustain an effective music program.

United Way of Winnipeg

The Building Blocks program provides small grants to help individuals or residents build social capital and skills in their neighbourhood. Building Blocks provides small amounts of money ($100 to a maximum of $1000) to purchase materials, supplies or services, enabling small, informal groups of people to identify solutions to local neighbourhood or community issues and act on them. United Way also offers Organizational Development Grants to provide funding for strategic planning and other organizational development initiatives. The maximum grant awarded is $4,000. United Way supports a maximum of 75% of the total direct costs associated with successful proposals.

The Winnipeg Foundation

The Community Grants Program is supports a wide range of community projects in the areas of community service, education, health, arts and culture, heritage, recreation and the environment. Grant requests less than $100,000 are considered three times per year. Grant requests $100,000 and upward are considered once per year and require a consultation meeting with a community grants staff person before an application is submitted.

West End Cultural Centre Community Partnership

The Community Arts Partnership Program is designed to assist organizations that want to organize arts events at the WECC. This program offers free use of the venue (plus a $250 labour fee) to community and arts groups for events...