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Community Grants, Sponsorships and Prize Donations

We are now accepting applications!
We are now accepting grant applications. Please see below for our 2021 seasonal deadlines.

Spring grant deadline

Tuesday, April 13

Fall grant deadline

Wednesday, November 3

For general inquiries, email sponsorships@acu.ca

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

Check out our recent grant recipients: 

Sustainable Community Grants

Organization name Project description Amount awarded
Aboriginal Music Manitoba Inc. Equipment: sākihiwē live streaming equipment              $2,500.00
Altered Minds Inc. Equipment: Signal boost for remote communication $588.00
Anglophone Cameroon Association of MB Inc. Equipment: Computer and Office Equipment              $4,125.00
Arcane Horizon Inc. Equipment: server upgrades/remote working equipment              $5,000.00
Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba Public Awareness: Website Upgrade and online store              $5,000.00
Aulneau Renewal Centre Equipment: Plexiglass Shields              $1,125.00
Bear Clan Patrol Strategic Planning              $5,000.00
Bike Winnipeg Inc. Planning: Charitable Status Application and Registration              $5,000.00
Bookmates Inc. Public Awareness: virtual/ video resources               $3,875.00
Bravestone Centre Inc. Planning: Strategic COVID-19 Recovery Plan              $3,375.00
Broadway Seniors Resource Council Equipment: Computers+ Office furniture              $2,100.00
BUILD Inc. Equipment: Van              $5,000.00
Candace House, Inc. Strategic Planning: Fund Development              $5,000.00
Career Trek Public Awareness: Website Redesign              $5,000.00
DASCH Foundation Inc. Public Awareness: Promotional Video              $5,000.00
Direct Farm Marketing Association of Manitoba Co-op Inc. Equipment: Database Upgrades              $2,700.00
Epic Opportunities Inc. Planning: Strategic Plan Development               $5,000.00
Evermore Gather Grow Lead Inc. Equipment: Projector              $1,445.00
Fireweed Food Co-op (Formerly Farm Fresh Food Hub) Equipment: Freezer              $1,276.00
Food Matters Manitoba Equipment: Office Furniture              $5,000.00
Friends of the Living Prairie Museum Equipment: Interactive Exhibit Upgrades              $3,150.00
Future Hope Inc.  Planning: Case Study              $4,000.00
Inclusion Winnipeg Planning: Operational Sustainability              $4,800.00
Inner City Youth Alive Inc. Equipment: Computer Network Upgrade              $5,000.00
Lake Winnipeg Foundation Inc. Planning: Volunteer Engagement              $5,000.00
Le Marché St. Norbert Farmers' Market Coop Public Awareness: Website/ Online Market              $4,875.00
LITE-Local Investment Toward Employment Winnipeg Public Awareness: Direct Mailer for Fundraising              $3,900.00
Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties Inc. Planning: Organizational Sustainability Plan              $2,170.00
Manitoba Eco-Network Inc. Equipment: GIS technology & expertise              $5,000.00
Manitoba Non-Profit Housing Association Professional Development: Board and Staff Training              $5,000.00
Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) Equipment: Telephone System Upgrade              $5,000.00
Manitoba Tipi Mitawa Inc. Planning: Fundraising and Development plan              $4,830.00
Manitoba Women for Women of South Sudan Inc. Planning: Charitable Status Application              $4,677.00
Manitoba Writer's Guild Inc. Professional Development: Governance Training              $2,362.00
Marlene Street Community Resource Centre Inc. Public Awareness: Promotional Materials              $3,937.00
MFL Occupational Health Centre Inc. Professional Development: Workplace Safety Training              $2,200.00
Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities (MLPD) Public Awareness: Webinar Development/ Vitrual Town Hall              $2,800.00
Newcomers Employment and Education Development Services Inc. (N.E.E.D.S.) Equipment: Smartboard               $5,000.00
North End Community Renewal Corporation Equipment: Vault lock replacement              $5,000.00
Opportunities for Employment Equipment: Laptop and Projector Upgrades              $5,000.00
Pulford Community Living Services Inc. Public Awareness: Podcast              $2,500.00
Purpose Construction Professional Development: LEAN Level 1 Yellowbelt Training              $4,798.00
Resource Assistance for Youth Inc. (RaY)  Public Awareness: Impact Video              $5,000.00
Sam's Place Equipment: Furniture for social enterprise Café              $2,598.00
Siloam Mission: The Madison Equipment: Computers              $5,000.00
SISTARS Economic Development Co op Inc. Equipment: Office Furniture              $2,248.00
Sscope Inc. Professional Development: NVCI Training              $5,000.00
St. Matthews Non Profit Housing Inc. Planning: Boiler Engineer Study              $5,000.00
Taking Charge! Inc. Equipment: Computers              $5,000.00
Tamarack Recovery Centre Equipment: Fire Safety Upgrades              $5,000.00
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba Professional Development: Train the Trainer Workshop               $1,388.00
The Fort Whyte Foundation Inc. Strategic Planning: Fund Development              $5,000.00
The Holistic Ongoing Opportunities Development-Facilitation and Management Services Inc. Equipment: Computer, office furniture              $5,000.00
The Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre Inc. Equipment: Computers              $3,000.00
West Broadway Community Ministry Equipment: Freezer and Dishwasher              $4,000.00
West Central Women's Resource Centre Equipment: Video Intercom              $4,725.00
West End Cultural Centre Equipment: Computers and Workstations              $4,000.00
Winnipeg Central Park Women's Resource Centre Public Awareness: Website              $5,000.00
Winnipeg Housing Rehabilitation Corporation Professional Development: Nonviolent crisis intervention training              $5,000.00
Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra Public Awareness: promotional video              $5,000.00
Wolseley Family Place Inc. Equipment: Playroom sink               $4,915.00
Woman Healing for Change MB Inc. (WHFC) Professional Development: Leadership Training              $5,000.00
Youth Agencies Alliance Equipment: Network              $5,000.00
Total          $255,982.00

Other grants

Organization name Description Amount awarded
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Manitoba 2020 State of the Inner City Report              $5,000.00
Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada 2020 Final Grant Installment $15,000.00
CUCM True North Youth Foundation Inc. - Camp Manitou Project 2020 Installment $33,333.34
Financial Access Programs Access Grants Free Membership Shares              $5,500.00
Gas Station Arts Centre Redevelopment Support Final Installment              $5,000.00
Habitat For Humanity Winnipeg Team Build              $5,000.00
Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of MB (IRCOM) Inc. 2020 Core Funding Contribution $10,000.00
Klinic Community Health 2020 Klinic-Final Grant Installment $10,000.00
Manitoba Cooperative Association (MCA) Cooperative Dev. Fund Contribution              $5,000.00
Old Grace Not-for-Profit Housing Co-operative 2020 Installment $10,000.00
SEED Winnipeg Inc. RESP top up              5,000.00
SEED Winnipeg Inc. 2020 Core Funding              5,000.00
St. John Ambulance 2020 St.John Ambulance Installment $18,008.10
The Canadian CED Network 2020 Social Enterprise Dev. Project $10,000.00
The Jubilee Fund Inc. 2020 Core Funding $15,000.00
United Way Winnipeg Corporate Donation $27,000.00
Total          $183,841.44
Total Community Grants up to December 31, 2020 $439,823.44


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 recent community sponsorship recipients: 

Community sponsorships

Organization Name Event Description Amount Awarded
Agassiz Music Inc. 2020 Agassiz Chamber Music Festival                1,000.00
Anish Corporation 2nd Annual IRS Elder's Valentine's Day Dance                   500.00
Artbeat Studio Bach for Artbeat                1,500.00
Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba Annual General Meeting featuring Frances Sinclair-Kaspick                   500.00
Basic Income Manitoba Basic Income Essay Contest                   250.00
Bike Week Winnipeg Bike Week 2020                   500.00
Black Space Winnipeg 2020 Afro Prairie Film Festival                1,000.00
Camerata Nova Sea Songs and Shanties                1,000.00
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Manitoba Indigeneity, Colonialism and COVID                2,000.00
Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada Diversity Scholarship                1,000.00
Downtown Winnipeg Biz ManyFest 2020                3,500.00
End Homelessness Winnipeg Gizhe Waa Ti-Sii-Win Service Delivery Expo                3,000.00
Epic Opportunities Inc. My Epic Home Fundraiser                1,000.00
Fools + Horses Coffee Company Cause for Coffee 2020                2,000.00
Fort Garry Women's Resource Centre 11th Annual Fundraiser                   500.00
Freeze Frame International Festival of Films for Kids of all Ages                1,000.00
Friends of Dalnavert Museum Inc. Cultural Teachings and Activities with Elders                1,500.00
Friends of The Canadian Museum of Human Rights Raising our Voices Gala                5,000.00
Glenelm Neighbourhood Association Snow Sculpture Challenge                   500.00
Grands 'n' More Winnipeg Art from the Attic (AFTA) 2020                   500.00
Green Action Centre Commuter Challenge                2,500.00
House of Hesed (Manitoba) Inc. House of Hesed Dinner Theatre: "Mobile Home, Sweet Home"                1,000.00
Institute for International Women's Rights - Manitoba Inc. Local to Global 2020, with Tanya Talaga                   500.00
John Howard Society of Manitoba Peter Gzowski Invitational Fundraiser                1,500.00
Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. Keeping The Fires Burning                 1,500.00
Kinew Housing Inc. 50th Anniversary and Commemorative Mural                2,000.00
LITE-Local Investment Toward Employment LITE Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast                5,000.00
Lived Experience Circle Annual Homeless Memorial Service                1,000.00
Manitoba Arts Network Manitoba Rural and Northern Juried Art Show                1,000.00
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Education and Outreach Programs                1,500.00
Manitoba Children's Museum 2020 Family Night Out Series                1,000.00
Manitoba Non-Profit Housing Association Building Partnerships Conference                2,500.00
Manitoba Race to Reduce MB Race to Reduce Awards Ceremony                   525.00
Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) Over the Top Art Auction                   500.00
North End Community Helpers Network Volunteer Appreciation 2020                   500.00
NorWest Co-op Community Food Centre The Art of Good Food                   500.00
Prairie Voices, Inc. PVI Choir Crawl                2,000.00
Pulford Community Living Services Inc. Pairings with Pulford                3,500.00
Rainbow Stage (1993) Inc. Rainbow Stage 2020 Season Evening Sponsorship                2,500.00
Rainbow Trout Music Festival 2020 Rainbow Trout Music Festival                1,000.00
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival                2,000.00
Sarasvati Dramatic Theatre Productions and Repertory Inc. FemFest 2020                   500.00
Sexuality Education Resource Centre MB SERC's Valentine's Day Soiree                1,000.00
Shalom Residences Inc. Shalom in the Park                   500.00
Siloam Mission Siloam Food Fight                1,061.89
Social Planning Council of Winnipeg Soccer for Peace                   500.00
Sustainable Building Manitoba Sustainable Building MB Education Programs                1,000.00
The Canadian CED Network 2020 The Gathering                5,000.00
The Historical Museum Association of St. James-Assiniboia Inc. Pioneer Heritage Day                   500.00
The Jubilee Fund Inc Champagne Brunch                3,000.00
The Manito Ahbee Festival Inc. Manito Ahbee Virtual Festival                2,500.00
The Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts Production of 12th Night                   500.00
The Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre Inc. Minor Hockey Tournament                1,250.00
The School of Contemporary Dancers Inc. Dance Reflections                   500.00
Theatre by the River Inc. Meet Me at Dawn                1,000.00
Theatre Projects Manitoba Premiere of Five Moments by Rick Chafe                1,500.00
Turning Leaf Community Support Services Inc. 2020 Turning Leaf Games                1,000.00
Villa Cabrni Inc. Villa Cabrni 35th Anniv                   500.00
Villa Rosa Annual Dinner- 122 years of impact on families                   500.00
Vision Quest Conferences Inc. Vision Quest Conference and Tradeshow                1,200.00
West Broadway Youth Outreach 5-ish Fun Run                1,000.00
Winnipeg International Children's Festival Inc. 38th Annual Kidsfest                2,000.00
Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra Educational Workshops                1,000.00
Wolseley Family Place Inc. Variety's Winter Wonderland Holiday Hamper Program                   500.00
WRENCH-Winnipeg Repair & Cycling Hub Cycle of Giving                1,500.00
Total              91,286.89

Prize Donations

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

ACU will donate branded prizes for:

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

Limitations and conditions:

  • Because of limited funding, ACU only sponsors one donation per request per year.
  • Applicants must submit an online application

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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