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Community Grants, Sponsorships and Prize Donations

Healthy, vibrant and diverse communities don't just happen; 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.

Our grants and sponsorships program contributes 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:

  • ACU will only sponsor one grant, one sponsorship and one prize per organization per year
  • All applicants must submit an online application for each request

For general inquiries, please email sponsorships@acu.ca


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

ACU will consider grant 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 do not provide community grants for:

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

Important information:

  • The majority of your project cannot have happened before the grant deadline
  • The project cannot be completed before the grant deadline
  • Organizations need to submit any outstanding ACU grants reports before applying for a new ACU grant
  • National organizations may apply if they have a Manitoba chapter. This needs to be clearly stated in your application. Projects need to be carried out entirely in Manitoba. 

We are now accepting 2024 grant applications!

Spring grant deadline

Monday, May 13

Fall grant deadline

Monday, October 14

Note: All supporting documentation must be included with your application or it will not be considered. All applications must include the following:

  1. Project budget (include confirmed or pending funding from other funding bodies)
  2. List of current board directors (if applicable) and year appointed
  3. Most recent annual report (if applicable)
  4. Year-end financial statements
  5. Documentation related to the project costs (e.g. estimates, quotes, consultant's resume, information about training program) – OPTIONAL

All documentation must be provided before the grant deadline.

For general grant inquiries, email sponsorships@acu.ca

Grant recipients must complete the grant reporting form within 60 days of completion of their project and submit it by email to sponsorships@acu.ca.

Grant reporting form

Check out our recent community grants recipients: 

Organization name Project description Amount awarded
North Point Douglas Women's Centre Upgrading Safety Measures  $5,000.00
Manitoba Down Syndrome Society Manitoba Down Syndrome Society Office Modernization $4,144.00
Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba  Technology Upgrade  $1,513.00
DASCH Foundation DASCH Website Refresh and Accessibility Update  $5,000.00
Graffiti Art Programming Inc. (GAP) 25th Anniversary Community Consultation Project  $5,000.00
Westminster Housing Society Westminster Housing Society Website Redevelopment  $3,356.00
Epic Opportunities Foundation Webpage Redesign & Upgrade  $5,000.00
Pulford Community Living Services Inc. Payroll/HR implementation  $5,000.00
The Native Clan Organization Manitou House Beautification Project  $4,228.00
Harvest Manitoba Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training Program  $4,012.00
St. Matthews Non-Profit Housing Inc.  Safety and Security Updates in the SMNPH Office  $3,045.00
Sustainable South Osborne Community Cooperative Strategic Planning Session  $3,000.00
Raising the Roof Reside Winnipeg - Mountain Avenue  $5,000.00
New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families Inc. Upgrade Computer Equipment  $5,000.00
Elmwood Community Resource Centre Tech-Lab: Building Capacity in Elmwood  $5,000.00
Shalom Residence Inc. Organizational storage equipment project  $5,000.00
Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc. (Welcome Place) Strategic Planning  $5,000.00
Inspire Community Outreach Inc. Inspire’s Public Awareness Initiative for Educational Training Opportunities  $5,000.00
Spence Neighbourhood Association Inc. Mental Health Workshops  $5,000.00
Rainbow Harmony Project Rainbow Harmony Project: 5 Year Strategic Plan  $3,750.00
Career Trek Staff Training, Development & Capacity Building  $4,000.00
Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities (MLPD) Building Awareness of Accessibility and Inclusion  $4,000.00
Thrive Community Support Circle Office Furnishings and Equipment  $1,952.00
Bike Winnipeg Bicycle Network Mapping & Analysis Framework  $1,500.00
Manitoba Choral Association Storage and Workstation Upgrades  $1,500.00
Bike Week Winnipeg Bike Week Strategic 5 Year Plan  $4,000.00
Bookmates Inc.  Early Learning Matters!  $3,200.00
Canadian Muslim Women's Institute Development of a strategic plan 2023-2024  $4,500.00
Community Education Development Association of Winnipeg LTD. (CEDA) Niiwin Minisiwiwag Educational Yard and Garden  $4,875.00
Direct Farm Manitoba DFMB Website Resource Hub Development  $2,673.00
EDGE Skills Centre EDGE Employment Programs  $4,000.00
Fireweed Food Co-op (FFC) Cooperative Leadership Upskilling for Fireweed Food Co-op  $5,000.00
Green Action Centre Inc. (GAC) Three to five years strategic planning for Green Action Centre  $5,000.00
Hinterland Nature Worker Cooperative Limited Hinterland Nature Trail Project  $3,750.00
Immigrant Centre Manitoba Inc.  Increasing Immigrant Centre's Public Awareness  $5,000.00
Le Marché St. Norbert Farmer's Marketing Coop Inc.  Winter Washroom Improvement  $5,000.00
Life's Journey Inc.  Facilitating a Dignified Thrift Store Experience Through Upgraded Storage Systems  $2,947.00
Manitoba Theatre for Young People MTYP Marketing - Building for Tomorrow  $5,000.00
Manitoba Women for Women of South Sudan Inc.  Empowering Black Women: Community-Centric Strategic Planning  $4,000.00
Martha Street Studio/Manitoba Printmakers Association Inc. (MPA) Risograph Acquistion for Martha's Digital Suite  $5,000.00
Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) Anti-Racism Training  $2,302.00
Merchants Corner Inc.  CLASS development and first year  $5,000.00
Movement Centre of Manitoba Inc. (MC) Movement Centre Technology Upgrade  $3,192.00
NorWest Co-op Community Centre Inc (NorWest Co-op Community Health) Outdoor Commons for Youth - Furniture and Garden Boxes  $5,000.00
Osborne Village Resource Centre Staff Training & Development  $5,000.00
Reaching E-Quality Employment Services (REES) On Deman Universal Communication Technology Solution  $4,000.00
Regenesis Centre for Recovery Inc.  RCR Public Awareness Campaign Video  $3,750.00
South Sudanese Community Centre Equipment - Computer and Furniture   $5,000.00
The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba Professional Development related to mental health, diversity and inclusion  $5,000.00
The Momentum Centre Inc. (TMC) Basic Needs First - a Trauma-informed Approach!  $4,000.00
The Thompson Community Foundation Professional Development   $3,500.00
The Winnipeg Repair, Education, and Cycling Hub INC (The WRENCH) Post-pandemic Policy & Programming Review  $5,000.00
Villa Cabrini Inc.  Making Inclusivity Work  $3,452.00
Villa Rosa Computer upgrades  $5,000.00
West End Resource Centre (Danial McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Association) WERC Office Infrastructure Enhancement  $3,792.00
Winnipeg Inner City Missions Inc.  Community Communication Project $4,000.00


Sponsorships are accepted and reviewed year-round. Applications must be submitted at least six (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: 

Organization name Project description Amount awarded
Acorn Family Place (AFP) Winter Celebration  $2,000.00
Agape Table Ine Agape Table Golf Tournament  $1,250.00
Agassiz Music Inc. 2023 Agassiz Chamber Music Festival  $1,000.00
Art City Inc. Clash Dance Fundraising Party  $2,000.00
Art Holm Art Holm no. 8  $500.00
Artbeat Studio Printing of the book and the book launch event for Beyonder: Artbeat Annual 18  $1,500.00
Association de Senegalaises et Senegalais du Manitoba Inc. Independence Dinner  $500.00
Bike Week Winnipeg Bike Week: Biker to Work Day and Traditional Trail Rideil  $2,000.00
Bravestone Centre Bravestone  $1,000.00
Burntwood Curling Club Manitoba Credit Unions Master's Provincial Curling Championship Opening Banquet  $2,000.00
Canadian CED Network - Manitoba The Annual Gathering of Community Builders  $3,000.00
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba Errol Black Chair Fundraising Brunch  $1,500.00
Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism (CISA) Shindleman Family Lecture  $1,000.00
Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts  $300.00
Community Legal Education Association CLEA Quiz Night  $500.00
Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada      CHF Canada Diversity Scholarship  $3,000.00
Crescent Arts Centre Inc. Inclusion Arts Festival 2023  $3,000.00
Dalnavert Museum and Visitors' Centre Christmas at Dalnavert  $1,000.00
DASCH Foundation 2023 Possibilities Gala  $5,000.00
Dead of Winter (formerly Camerata Nova) Notinikew  $1,000.00
FascinAsian Film Festival Inc. FascinAsian Film Festival 2023  $2,000.00
Film Training Manitoba Supporting Women in Film Trades Conference  $500.00
Fireweed Food Co-op The Veggie Van  $500.00
Fort Garry Women's Resource Centre One Night, One Show, One Cause  $500.00
Graffiti Art Programming Inc. Graffiti Art Programming's 25th Anniversary   $1,000.00
Grands'n'More Winnipeg Art from the Attic (AFTA) 2023  $500.00
Green Action Centre Commuter Challenge  $1,500.00
Harvest Manitoba Inc.   Harvest Manitoba Victories over Hunger & Poverty Gala  $2,500.00
Home Routes/Chemin Chex Nous 5th Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival  $1,000.00
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc.  Common Ground Summer Gatherings: Meet the Neighbours BBQ and Common Ground Concert  $1,000.00
Immigrant Partnership Winnipeg (IPW) Collaborating and sharing knowledge to ease newcomers' path towards successful integration  $2,000.00
India School of Dance, Music & Theatre Inc. Recital XL  $500.00
Indigenous Languages of Manitoba 9th Annual Honouring our Languages Gathering  $500.00
Inspire Community Outreach Family Mental Wellness Festival  $500.00
Jubilee Fund 2023 Champagne Brunch  $3,500.00
Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. Keeping the Fires Buring  $3,500.00
Klinic Community Health Klinic 50th Anniversary Community BBQ  $1,500.00
Local Investment Towards Employment (LITE) 26th Annual Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast  $5,000.00
Make Poverty History Manitoba Make Poverty History Manitoba 2023 Annual General Meeting  $1,000.00
Malayali Association of Manitoba Inc. Gopi Sundar Live Ensemble  $300.00
Mamingwey Burn Society Inc.  Go For the Burn Run  $2,500.00
Manito Ahbee Festival Manitoba Ahbee Festival  $2,500.00
Manitoba African Cup of Nations Inc. Black Youth Gala and Award Night  $500.00
Manitoba Arts Network Manitoba Rural and Northern Arts Show (MRNJAS)  $1,000.00
Manitoba Choral Association BEYOND Symposium  $500.00
Manitoba Cooperative Association Annual Manitoba Cooperative Awards Banquet  $1,000.00
Manitoba Council for International Cooperation Author Event with Clayton Thomas-Müller, a Cree activist and writer  $500.00
Manitoba Down Syndrome Society Walk With Us  $1,000.00
Manitoba Fibre Festival Manitoba Fibre Festival  $500.00
Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre 33rd Annual MICEC Indigenous Minor Hockey Tournament  $3,000.00
Manitoba Non-Profit Housing Association Building Partnerships Conference  $5,000.00
Manitoba Theatre for Young People Zooom at MTYP  $4,000.00
Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) Over the Top Art Auction  $600.00
Nickel Days Inc.  Nickel Days  $1,000.00
North Point Douglas Women's Centre Austin Street Festival  $1,000.00
Prairie Comics Festival INC.
Prairie Comics Festival  $500.00
Pulford Community Living Services Inc.  Pairing with Pulford  $3,500.00
Rainbow Harmony Project
Belong: Rainbow Harmony Project's Spring Concert  $1,000.00
Rainbow Resource Centre Saturday Night Pride
Rainbow Stage Inc.  Rainbow Stage Season 2023  $2,000.00
Rainbow Trout Music Festival Inc. Rainbow Trout Music Festival  $500.00
St Matthew's Non-profit Housing/Westend Commons Westend Commons Charity Event - Musical Spring Fling  $800.00
St. James - Assiniboia 55+ Centre Inc.  SJA55+ Centre Summer Celebration and AGM  $500.00
StorylineFX Incorporated operating as Freeze Frame Freeze Frame International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages  $1,000.00
Tec-Voc High School Youth In Philanthropy Committee Vital Priorities  $1,300.00
The Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia Inc.  Community Heritage Day  $1,000.00
The Schoo of Contemporary Dancers Dance Reflections  $1,000.00
The WRENCH The 13th Annual Cycle of Giving  $2,000.00
Theatre Projects Manitoba This is the Story of the Child Ruled by Fear  $1,500.00
TOGETHER FOR A STRONG WORLD INC. Mental Health Awareness in Newcomers Community  $500.00
Tyndall Park Community Centre Breakfast With Santa  $1,000.00
Villa Cabrini Inc.  Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon  $500.00
Vision Quest Conference Inc.  Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show  $2,500.00
West Broadway BIZ Sherbrook Street Festival presents: Music on Maryland
West Central Women's Resource Centre Social Housing and Human Rights: Organizing for Change  $1,000.00
West End Cultural Centre Ellice Street Festival  $1,000.00
West End Resource Centre (Danial McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Association) Community Christmas Celebration at the West End  $1,000.00
Winnipeg Arts Council 2023 Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts - Marketing inputted  $450.00
Winnipeg Film Group Cabin Fever: Free Films for Kids  $2,000.00
Winnipeg Inner City Missions Inc.  Family Fest Annual Holiday Party  $1,000.00
Winnipeg Internation Children's Festival Inc.  41st Annual Kidsfest at The Forks  $2,500.00
Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra Stories of our time  $1,500.00
Winnipeg Newcomer Sport Academy 2023 Community Festival  $2,000.00
Women's Health Clinic Women, Wine and Food  $2,000.00
Working in Support of Equality (Manitoba) Inc.  Working in Support of Equality Breakfast  $500.00

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 three (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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