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Community Grants and Sponsorships

The development of healthy, vibrant and diverse communities doesn't just happen overnight; they're created over time by people, organizations and businesses continuously working together for the common good. And we're glad to contribute our skills and resources.

We contribute to organizations that help build community and that fall under these 3 pillars:
  • Community inclusion for marginalized people
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Community enterprise development (community-minded co-ops and social businesses)


Grants are reviewed by ACU’s community grants committee. We accept applications twice a year, during spring and fall.

ACU will support requests for:

  • Equipment
  • Planning (strategic and feasibility plans, community consultations)
  • Public awareness (website redesign, video production, materials)
  • Professional development (training, retreats, conferences and workshops)

We don't provide community grants for:

  • Individuals or private businesses
  • Ongoing programs
  • Political parties and affiliated activities
  • Religious activities
  • Organizations working outside of Manitoba
  • Health care organizations
  • Competitive sports organizations

For general inquiries, email sponsorships@acu.ca

Check out our 2019 grant recipients: 

Sustainable Community Grants

Organization Project/Program Amount
Thompson Community Foundation Professional Development $2,000
Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Feasibility Study $5,000
North End Housing Project Inc. Office Equipment Upgrades $3,750
Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba Computer and Office Equipment Upgrades $5,000
Marlene Street Community Resource Centre (MSCRC) Non-Violence Crisis Intervention (NVCI) Training $450
House of Hesed (Manitoba) Inc. Computer Upgrades $3,576
Keewatin Inkster Neighborhood Resource Council Inc. Photocopier Equipment Replacement $3,267
Abilities Manitoba Website Re-design $5,000
Siloam Mission Intranet Development $5,000
Manitoba Inuit Association Office Equipment $5,000
Local Investment Toward Employment (LITE) Communications Revitalization $5,000
Snowflake Place for Children and Youth Strategic Planning $5,000
A Port in the Storm Website Re-Design $5,000
Epic Opportunities Inc. Audio-Visual and Office Equipment $5,000
DASCH Foundation Inc. Marketing Materials $5,000
Central Park Foot Patrol Inc. Website Re-design $2,650
Turning Leaf Community Support Services Website Re-design $5,000
Opportunities For Independence, Inc.  Kitchen Equipment $5,000
North End Wellness Centre Inc. Kitchen Equipment $3,431
Green Action Centre Office Equipment Upgrade $5,000
Artbeat Studio Inc. Computer Upgrades and Software $5,000
John Howard Society of Manitoba Computer and Server Upgrade $5,000
North End Community Renewal Corporation Computerand Software Upgrades $5,000
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Manitoba Chapter Computer Upgrades $2,500
West Central Women's Resource Centre Computer and Software Upgrades $5,000
West Broadway Community Organization Website Re-design $3,375
Wahbung Abinoonjiiag Inc. Strategic Planning $5,000
Innovative LIFE Options Inc Strategic Planning $4,000
Opportunities for Employment Inc Promotional Signage $5,000
Art City Inc. Computer Upgrades for Digital Art Lab $5,000
Community Works Manitoba Inc. Art and Digital Storytelling Development $5,000
Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) Promotional Videography $5,000
Fubuki Daiko Computer Upgrade $1,635
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Website Re-design $5,000
BUILD inc. Painting Van Replacement $5,000
Bookmates Inc. Computer and Office Equipment Upgrades $2,008
Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre Promotional Materials for Re-branding $5,000
Shakespeare in the Ruins, Inc Computer Software Upgrade $3,200
Arts Junktion Manitoba Inc. Mental Health First Aid Training $3,285
Candace House, Inc. Promotional Materialand Website Update $5,000
Evermore Gather Grow Lead Inc. Promotional Materials for Re-branding $3,375
Manitoba Eco-Network Inc. Business Planning $5,000
Daniel McIntyre St. Matthews Community Association Charitable Status Application $4,800
South Sudanese Community Centre (SSCC) Computer and Office Equipment Upgrades $5,000
West Broadway Youth Outreach Computer and Office Equipment $5,000
Farm Fresh Food Hub Community Service Co-op Software Development $3,260
Trees Winnipeg Website Re-design $5,000
West End Cultural Centre Strategic Planning $5,000
Neighborhood Empowerment and Resource Centre (NEARC Inc) Social Media Online Presence Development $3,900
Graffiti Art Programming Inc.  Community Consultation $3,500
West Broadway Community Services Inc Audio-Visual and Office Equipment $2,234
Total Sustainable Organization Grants $215,196

Other Grants

Assiniboine Park Conservancy Imagine a Place Campaign $10,000
Canadian CED Network, Manitoba  Enterprising Non-Profits $10,000
CCPA- Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Core Funding $5,000
Cooperative Development Foundation International Co-operative Development Fund $15,000
Financial Access Community Partners Access Grants for ACU Membership $5,200
Gas Station Theatre Capital Campaign $5,000
Habitat for Humanity Manitoba 2019 Habitat Build $5,000
IRCOM- Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba  Core Funding $10,000
Klinic Community Health Capital Campaign $10,000
Manitoba Cooperative Association Manitoba Cooperative Development $5,000
Manitoba Museum Project Capital Campaign $12,773
Old Grace Housing Coop Capital Support $10,000
Pulford Community Living Services Home Purchase $10,000
SEED Winnipeg Core Funding $5,000
SEED Winnipeg RESP CSI Bursary Fund $5,000
St. John's Ambulance Capital Campaign Capital Campaign $18,000
The Jubilee Fund Core Funding $12,000
United Way of Winnipeg Annual Campaign $27,000
Total Other Grants $179,973


Total Community Grants up to December 31, 2019



We sponsor local events, fundraisers, festivals, celebrations and ceremonies that encourage community connections, nurture pride and celebrate diversity.

ACU will sponsor:

  • Community fundraisers (members only)
  • Arts and cultural events in Manitoba
  • Community festivals, celebrations and awards

We're sorry but we cannot help:

  • Individuals
  • Political parties and affiliated activities
  • Religious activities
  • Third-party fundraisers
  • Health care organizations; medical research, services or equipment
  • Sports teams and sporting events
  • Major capital projects (except for fundraising events above)

For general inquiries, email sponsorships@acu.ca

Check out our 2019 community sponsorship recipients: 

Community sponsorships

AA Battery Theatre The Threepenny Opera $1,000
Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce Luncheon $1,130
Aboriginal Finance Officers Association AFOA Youth Confernece $1,000
aceartinc. A Portrait with your Pet $1,000
Agassiz Music Inc. Agassiz Chamber Music Festival $1,000
Anish Corporation Indian Residential School Elder's Valentine's Day Celebration $1,100
Art City Inc. Art City presents TRUE COLOUR Fundraising Party $1,000
Art from the Heart AFTH 18th anniversary $1,000
Artbeat Studio Inc./Studio Central Sākihiwē Festival - Central Park $1,000
Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba Talk from Senator Patricia Bovey on Disability Arts $500
Bike Week Winnipeg Bike Week Winnipeg 2019 $1,000
Black Space Winnipeg 2019 Afro Prairie Film FEstival $1,500
Bookmates Inc. Breakfast with Bookmates $500
Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg Hot Sauce 2019 $1,300
Bravestone Centre Inc. Quiz Night $1,000
Broadway Seniors Resource Council Annual Community Resource Fair $500
Business Council of Manitoba Aboriginal Education Awards Program 2019 $1,500
Camerata Nova The Prairie Songbook $1,000
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Boots Riley Speaking Event $1,000
Canadian Community Economic Development Network - Manitoba The Manitoba Gathering of Community Builders $3,000
Canadian Muslim Women's Institute Inc. CMWI Fundraising Dinner $500
Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation  CWCF  Annual Conference and AGM $1,000
Circle of Hearts Family Support Network Breakfast with Santa $500
Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada CHF Canada Diversity Scholarship $1,000
Credit Union Young Leaders of Manitoba Discovery: Next Generation Leadership $1,000
Daniel McIntyre St. Matthews Community Association (DMSMCA) Daniel McIntyre St. Matthews Community Association (DMSMCA) $1,000
DASCH Foundation The Possibilities Gala $4,000
Direct Farm Manitoba Direct Farm Marketing Conference 2019 $500
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries ManyFest 2019 $3,500
Ducks Unlimited Canada Duck and Run $2,500
End Homelessness Winnipeg Gi-Zhe Waa Ti-Sii-Win $3,000
Epic Opportunities Inc. An Evening with Epic $1,000
Fort Garry Women's Resource Centre 10th Annual Fundraiser $500
Fort Whyte Alive Harvest Supper $250
Freeze Frame International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages $1,500
Glenelm Neighbourhood Association Glenelm Family Movie Night in the Park $500
Graffiti Art Programming Inc. 20th Anniversary Celebration $1,000
Grands 'n' More Winnipeg Art From the Attic (AFTA) $500
Green Action Centre Commuter Challenge $2,500
Home Routes Inc Winnipeg Crankie Festival $500
House of Hesed (Manitoba) Inc. "Daddy's Girl" $1,000
Iranian Community of Manitoba The Greatest Persian Multicultural Event in Manitoba $1,000
Jane's Walk Jane's Walk Winnipeg $500
John Howard Society Dining for Literacy $1,500
Ka Ni Kanichihk  Keeping the Fires Burning $1,500
Local Investment Toward Employment (LITE) Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast $2,000
Make Poverty History Manitoba Fundraiser $1,000
Manito Ahbee Festival Inc. Manito Ahbee Festival $2,500
Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards $250
Manitoba Arts Network Manitoba Rural and Northern Juried Art Show $1,000
Manitoba Association for Human Rights MARL Human Rights Film Festival $1,000
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Education and Outreach Program $1,500
Manitoba Conservation Districts Association The Manitoba Watersheds Conference $1,000
Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts Music Equals Showcase Concert $500
Manitoba Cooperative Association Co-op Youth Leadership Program $800
Manitoba Cooperative Association Annual Co-op Awards Banquet $1,000
Manitoba Eco-Network Inc. REEL Green Film Festival $1,500
Manitoba Environmental Industries Association Emerging Issues $1,000
Manitoba Fibre Festival Manitoba Fibre Festival $550
Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre Inc. 32nd Annual Indigenous Minor Hockey Tournament $1,250
Manitoba Islamic Association Eid Festival $1,500
Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities Disability Matters Vote Leadership Debate $1,000
Manitoba Non-Proft Housing Association Building Partnerships Conference $5,000
Manitoba Theatre for Young People New Owner $3,500
Manitobans For Human Rights Torch of Dignity Relay $1,000
Mary Jane's Cooking School, Inc. 10th Annual Garden Party $500
MEMETIC MEME 2019 $1,500
Mentoring Artists for Women's Art Over the Top Art Auction and Cupcake Party $500
Native Communication Inc. 2019 NCI Jam $500
Nickel Days Inc Nickel Days 2019 $1,000
Nigerian Association of Manitoba Inc. Nigerian Independence Day Event $500
North Point Douglas Women's Centre Austin Street Festival $1,000
Northern Juried Art Show 2019 Northern Juried Art Show 2019 $1,000
NorWest Co-op Community Food Centre Art of Good Food $1,500
Plug-In Inc. (Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art) STAGES 22019 Launch $1,000
Pulford Community Living Services Inc. Pairings with Pulford $3,000
Rainbow Stage Rainbow Stage 2019 Encore Gala $1,500
Rainbow Trout Music Festival Rainbow Trout Music Festival $1,000
Red River Basin Commission Annual Fish Dinner Gala $350
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival $2,000
Sarasvati Productions Fem Fest $500
Sexuality Education Resource Centre MB SERCs 85th Anniversary Celebration! $1,000
Shakespeare in the Ruins, Inc Shakespeare in the Ruins - Hamlet $1,000
Shalom Residences Inc. Shalom at the Park 2019 $500
Siloam Mission Food Fight $1,000
South Sudanese Community Centre Gala Dinner Fundraiser Event $1,000
St Norbert Farmers' Market Farmers' Feast $210
St. James - Assiniboia 55+ Centre Fall Feast $500
Summerhill Group Manitoba Race to Reduce Awards Ceremony $1,050
Sustainable Building Manitoba Lunch and Learns $2,000
Tec-Voc Hogh School Taste of Tec-Voc Farm & Fair $250
The Canadian CED Network Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise $1,000
The Friends of Gardens Manitoba Gardening Saturday $500
The Historical Museum Association  of St. James-Assiniboia Inc. Annual Pioneer Heritage Day Community Event $500
The Jubilee Fund Inc. Educational Event Series $3,000
The School of Contemporary Dancers Inc. Dance Reflections $1,000
The Winnipeg Gay & Lesbian Film Society Inc. REEL Pride Film Festival $2,000
Theatre By The River Wine & Words $1,000
Theatre Projects Manitoba Dragonfly by Lara Rae $1,500
Transcona Hi Neighbour Festival Inc. Transcona Hi Neighbour Festival $750
Turning Leaf Community Support Services 7th Annual Turning Leaf Games $1,000
Tyndall Park Community Centre Santa Breakfast $1,000
Urban Shaman Inc.  Sacred Sounds: The Legacy of Anishinaabemowin $1,000
Video Pool Media Arts Centre Bits & Bytes $500
Villa Rosa  Annual Dinner $500
Vision Quest Conferences Inc Vision Quest Gala Dinner $1,200
Volunteer Manitoba Volunteer Awards Ceremony $1,200
West Broadway Biz Sherbrook Street Festival: West Broadway Business Improvement Zone $1,080
West Broadway Community Ministry Gala Celebration $400
West Broadway Youth Outreach 5ish Fun Run $1,000
Winnipeg Arts Council Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts $505
Winnipeg Film Group's Cinematheque Cabin Fever: Free Films for Kids! $1,500
Winnipeg Harvest Empty Bowl Celebrity Auction $2,500
Winnipeg International Children's Festival Inc. Kidsfest $3,000
Winnipeg International Writers Festival An Evening with Margaret Atwood $1,000
Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra Sisler High School Outreach Workshop and Concert $1,500
Winnipeg Youth Orchestras Sounds of Spring Concert $500
Wolseley Family Place Inc. Wolseley Family Place Winter Celebration $750
Women in Business of Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards $1,050
Women of Note Still I Rise $500
Women's Enterprise Centre SHEDay 2019 $3,000
Women's Health Clinic An Evening with Lindy West $1,000
Working in Support of Equality Inc. Equality Breakfast $500
WRENCH-Winnipeg Repair & Cycling Hub The Cycle of Giving $1,500
Total $148,925

Grant reporting form

Grant recipients must complete this reporting form within 60 days of completion of their project and submit it by:
  • By email: sponsorships@acu.ca

  • By mail:
    Assiniboine Credit Union — Community Grants Coordinator
    200 Main Street, Box 2, Station Main
    Winnipeg MB  R3C 2G1

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