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Community Grants, Sponsorships and Prize Donations

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 three pillars:
  • Community inclusion for marginalized people
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Community enterprise development (community-minded co-ops and social businesses).

Limitations and conditions:
• Due to a limited budget, ACU only sponsors one grant, one sponsorship and one prize per organization per year.
• Applicants must submit an online application

For general inquiries, please email sponsorships@acu.ca


Community 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 (upgraded computers, office furniture, secure storage facilities)
  • Planning (strategic and feasibility plans, community consultations)
  • Public awareness (website redesign, video production, information and display 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

Note: All supporting documentation must be included with your application or it will be disqualified. If you cannot provide any of these documents at the time of your application, please include an attachment with an explanation and date of when you can provide the documentation, if applicable. All documents must be provided before the grant deadline.

We are now accepting applications!
We are now accepting grant applications. Please see below for our 2022 seasonal deadlines.

Spring grant deadline

Monday, April 4

Fall grant deadline

Monday, October 17

For general grant inquiries, email sponsorships@acu.ca

Grant reporting form

Grant recipients must complete this reporting form within 60 days of completion of their project and submit it by email at sponsorships@acu.ca.
Due to the current public health orders, reports must be sent by email. 

Check out our recent community sponsorship recipients: 

Sustainable Community Grants

Organization name Project description Amount awarded
Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba Accessibility Audit of Art Venues $5,000
Bike Winnipeg, Inc. Local Bike Groups Launch Project $2,500
Bookmates Inc. Let's Learn! - resources to promote early literacy $3,885
BUILD inc Get BUILD Online Again! $5,000
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Manitoba Chapter Purchase of new computers for CPAWS-Manitoba $4,745
Candace House A Comforting Place: Candace House Capital Campaign Case for Support $5,000
Career Trek Building Inclusive Curriculum $5,000
Clubhouse of Winnipeg, Inc.  Fitness Centre Equipment Replacement $2,500
Crossway in Common Inc. The Future of Crossways $4,000
DASCH Inc. Awareness Video $5,000
Epic Opportunities Inc My Epic Home Video $5,000
Evermore Gather Grow Lead Inc. Evermore Board Governance Project Phase 4 $5,000
Fireweed Food Co-op Safety Plan for the South Osborne Farmers' Market $2,850
Functional Transit Winnipeg Functional Transit Winnipeg Strategic Plan $3,000
Geoffery's Garden Child-minding room $5,000
Hospitality House Refugee Ministry Inc. Hospitality House Refugee Ministry Technology Update $5,000
Inner City Youth Alive Inc. ICYA Computer Infastructure $5,000
Jessie Home Inc.  Jessie Home Improvement Project $4,650
Klinic Inc.  Professional Development - Indigenous Culturally Safety Training $5,000
Legal Help Centre of Winnipeg Inc. Strategic Planning session $5,000
Local Investment Toward Employment Giving Appeal for New Supporters $4,275
Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties Leadership Training  for Staff and Practicum Students $5,000
Manitoba Children’s Museum  Microsoft 365 Purchase/Migration $5,000
Manitoba Eco-Network Eco-Journal Tabloid Publication $5,000
Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities Fund Development $3,750
Manitoba Theatre for Young People Touchless Ticket Scanners $5,000
Marlene Street Community Resource Centre (MSCRC)  Technology Upgrade $855
Merchants Corner Incorporated MCI Public Awareness Project: Website Development $5,000
Mount Carmel Clinic Enhancing Public Awareness of Mount Carmel Clinic $4,953
Newcomers Employment and Education Development Services Inc. Computer Monitors for Delivering Services to Newcomer and Refugee Children and Youth $3,000
North End Community Renewal Corporation (Necrc North End Community Renewal Corp Website Upgrades and Redesign $5,000
NorWest Co-op Community Food Centre via NorWest Co-op Community Health NorWest Co-op Community Farm - Phase 1 $4,500
Opportunities for Employment Inc. OFE Website Redesign $4,000
Pollock's Hardware Cooperative Point of Sale Renewal and Online Integration $5,000
Purpose Construction  Purpose Homes Training Program $5,000
Rahma Community and Youth Centre Inc. Strategic planning and Charitable status $5,000
Spence Neighbourhood Association Central Neighbourhoods Tech Fund $5,000
SSCOPE Inc. Sspokes by Sscope $5,000
St. Matthews Non-Profit Housing Inc Boiler replacement $5,000
The John Howard Society of Manitoba New Computers for Student Practicums and Communications $3,786
The Rainbow Harmony Project, Inc. Rainbow Harmony Project Website and Rebranding Project $3,800
Trees Riverview Trees Riverview (TR) Planting and Public Awareness Project 2022 $5,000
Turning Leaf Support Services Cultural Training $2,500
U-Turn Parkinson U-Turn Parkinson's Public Awareness Project $4,471
Waterways Recreation Inc. Waterways Land Based Canoe Trips $5,000
West Broadway Community Organization West Broadway Five-Year Community Plan 2021-26 $3,000
Youth Employment Services Resource Area Technology Upgrade $5,000

For further grant information, please email sponsorships@acu.ca


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

Note: Applications must be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the event

ACU will sponsor:

  • Community fundraisers (ACU members only. This support is to help with efforts to raise funds and is not a donation)
  • Arts and cultural events in Manitoba (to support Manitoba’s artistic community)
  • Community festivals, celebrations and awards (to encourage community connections and pride, and celebrate the diversity of our community)

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 further sponsorships inquiries, please email sponsorships@acu.ca

Check out our recent community sponsorship recipients: 

Community sponsorships

Organization name Event description Amount awarded
Meraki Theatre Productions Meraki Theatre's Cabaret Fundraiser $925
Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra virtual workshops $1,000
Camerata Nova Medieval Inuit $1,000
Women's Health Clinic Women, Wine and Food for International Women's Day $1,389.65
Freeze Frame / Storyline FX inc. International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages $1,000
Manitoba Non-Profit Housing Association Building Partnerships Conference $5,000
Black History Month Celebration Committee Inc. Bronze Sponsor- Inventor T-shirt Initiative $1,000
DASCH Foundation Inc. 2021 Possibilities Gala $5,000
Bike Week Winnipeg Bike Week Winnipeg $1,000
Winnipeg International Children's Festival  38th Annual Kidsfest $2,500
Agassiz Music Inc. 2021 Agassiz Chamber Music Festival $1,000
Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF) Invoice T2021018 Diversity Scholarship Program $2,175
Make Poverty History Manitoba Fundraising Event $1,000
Green Action Centre Commuter Challenge 2021: Silver Sponsorship $2,500
Fort Garry Women's Resource Centre Lockdown Laughs Comedy Evening $500
Bord-Aire Community Centre Art City at Bord-Aire $2,000
Villa Rosa Celebrate 123 Years of Villa Rosa's Impact on Families  $700
Ka Ni Kanichihk Keeping the Fires Burning $1,500
Grands 'n' More Art from the Attic Raffle  $250
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Fringe Theatre Festival $2,000
The Historical Museum of St. James- Assiniboia Pioneer Heritage Days $900
Fireweed Food Co-op South Osbourne Farmer's Market $2,000
Spence Neighbourhood Association Spence and Central Neighbourhoods Summer Events $5,000
Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival Winnipeg Aboriginal Film and Video Festival $1,000
John Howard Society Peter Gzowski Invitational Fundraiser $1,500
Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) Over the Top Art Auction $500
Higher Learning Foundation Main Street Project Mural $2,500
Rainbow Resource Centre 2SLGBTQ+ Workshops $1,000
Downtown Winnipeg Biz Manyfest $3,500
Rainbow Stage Pot of Gold Benefit Concert $5,000
Indigenous Languages of Manitoba Inc. Honouring our Languages Conference $3,000
Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba AGM and Artist's Talk 2021 $600
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg Inc. One Big Night $1,000
Sustainable Building Manitoba Sustainable Building Manitoba Education $3,000
ADRIM Conflict Resolution Conference featuring Priya Parker $500
John Howard Society Peter Gzowski Invitational Fundraiser $1,500
Rainbow Stage Pot of Gold Benefit Concert $5,000
Manitoba League of Persons with  Grant - Fund Development $3,750
Manitoba Environmental Industries Association Emerging Issues 2021 Conference  $1,000
Home Routes Inc. DBA/Home Routes/Chemin Chez nous
The 4th Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival  $5,000
Local Investment Toward Employment LITE's Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast  $5,000
Canadian Community Economic Development Network The Gathering  $5,000
The Village Conservatory Inc Emerging Artist Creation Showcas $4,000
The WRENCH Cycle of Giving, The House Warming! $5,000
Wolseley Family Place Inc. Winter Celebration $2,000
Pollock's Hardware Cooperative Pollock's Hardware Cooperative 100th Anniversary - Speaker's Series  $3,000
Sunshine House Incorporated Sunshine-A-Thon $5,000
Pulford Community Living Services Pairings With Pulford $3,500
Winnipeg Film Group Cabin Fever: Free Films for Kids $2,000
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Education and Outreach Sponsorship $1,500
Crescent Arts Centre Inc. Inclusion Arts Festival $4,300
Credit Union Young Leaders of Manitoba (CUYLM) Credit Union Young Leaders of Manitoba (CUYLM) - Spring 2022 Conference $2,000
Tec-Voc High School *Tec-Voc High School - Youth in Philanthropy Committee

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Regenesis Centre for Recovery Jams for Regenesis $2,500
Sexuality Education Resource Centre Manitoba, Inc SERC 2022 "Community Matters" Service Provider Conference $3,000
FascinAsian Film Festival Inc. FascinAsian Film Festival 2022 $2,000
9.5ish Exercise Extravaganza West Broadway Youth Outreach $5,000
Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library Collections Agency - Exhibit $3,000

Prize donations

ACU welcomes opportunities to support local events, fundraisers, festivals, celebrations or award ceremonies that have a positive impact on our communities.

Note: Prize donations requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to your event

ACU will donate branded prizes for:

  • Fundraisers 
  • Arts and cultural events in Manitoba
  • Community festivals, celebrations and awards
  • Sports events

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