Community Grants

Do you work in the areas of community inclusion, environmental sustainability, or community enterprise development? Would you like help in making your organization more sustainable? You've come to the right place! Our Sustainable Organization Grants were designed specifically to help you achieve your goals. 

Anyone who's managed a non-profit knows that the work can be very satisfying, but also frustrating. Does this sound familiar?

Your computer is old, runs slowly and keeps crashing. Your office furniture is even older and your chair gives you a backache. Employees are enthusiastic but inexperienced and there is no training budget to help with their professional development. Your website is an embarrassment. Your display materials look like they were made by a 6th grader for a science fair. You are all busy and can’t find the time to step away from day–to-day issues to consider your organization’s role and plan for the future. And where would you find the funds to do that anyway? Your donors and funders want their dollars to be allocated to programming, not to “administration”.

We're here to help! 

2020 Application deadlines to be posted early 2020

Grant range: $500 to $5,000. You can apply for up to 75% of your project's costs.

We provide grants for projects such as:

Equipment. Examples: upgraded computers, office furniture, secure storage facilities

Planning. Examples: strategic plans, feasibility plans, community consultations

Public awareness. Examples: website redesign, video production, information and display materials

Professional development. Examples: leadership training, staff and board retreats, attendance at conferences and workshops

We invest in organizations working in the following areas:

Community inclusion
Organizations working to increase the social and economic participation of marginalized members of the community such as Indigenous people, newcomers, disadvantaged women or youth and people living with disabilities. 

Environmental sustainability
Organizations working to create positive solutions to environmental concerns.

Community enterprise development
Cooperatives and social enterprises (revenue-generating businesses owned/operated by non-profits primarily for the purpose of achieving social, economic, cultural or environmental goals).

Who can apply

Non-profit organizations, associations, societies, charities, cooperatives and social enterprises with missions and values consistent with ours here at Assiniboine Credit Union.

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

Application and selection process

  • we accept applications twice a year
  • Complete the online application - see link below. Please note: paper applications will not be accepted.
  • applications are assessed and approved by our Grants Committee
  • applications are assessed primarily for their contribution towards strengthening organizations working in our focus areas.
  • with limited funding available, we give preference to active ACU members and smaller community organizations that don't have substantial operating budgets or many other sources of funding
  • you can expect to receive notification within 6 weeks of the application deadline
  • the grants we approve are reported to our members and to the community

Limitations and conditions

  • only one Sustainable Organization Grant per year per organization is permitted
  • successful applicants must submit a short report following the completion of the project
  • organizations that received funding in prior years must submit a report before being considered for another grant
  • we expect grant recipients to appropriately recognize the contribution of Assiniboine Credit Union

Apply here!

For general inquiries, please email

2018 Community Grants Expand/Collapse

Sustainable Community Grants

Organization Project/Program Amount
A & O: Support Services for Older Adults Front Desk & Reception Area Repairs $3,750
ACOMI - African Communities of Manitoba Website Development $5,000
Art City Imagination to Realization: Equipment Upgrade & Addition $2,126
Aulneau Renewal Centre Wireless Panic Button System $1,800
Bear Clan Patrol Upgrade Bear Clan Patrol Office $5,000
Bookmates Office Equipment Purchase $2,031
BUILD  Training Van $4,000
Can You Imagine Preschool Centre Equipment Purchase $4,012
Canadian Muslim Women's Institute Professional Development $3,500
Candace House Information & Communication Technology $5,000
Central Neighbourhoods Central Park Community Patrol $2,000
Clan Mothers Turtle Lodge Clan Mothers Healing Village Office $5,000
Columbus Centennial Senior's Housing Cooperative Wheelchair Accessibility $1,000
Community Ambitions Day Service Website & Promotional Materials $3,000
Council of South Sudanese Communities of Manitoba Upgrade furniture, storage & computer equipment $5,000
FASD Life's Journey Inc Case Management Computer Upgrades $4,000
Fruit Share Fruit Share Video Series $4,000
Green Action Centre Srategic Plan Renewal 2020 $5,000
Immigrant Centre Website Redesign $5,000
Kings Park Child Care Make Kings Park Comfortable $2,500
Kokum's Early Enrichment Program, Brandon Friendship Centre  Recycling & Compost Program $288
Laurel Centre Organizational Restructing $2,500
Level IT Up Public Relations Package Development $5,000
Literacy Works Website Update $4,000
Manitoba Association of Women's Shelters Marketing MAWS $2,500
MAWA - Mentoring Artists for Women's Art Equipment Upgrades $4,000
MLPD - Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities Accessibility Consulting Services Pilot Project - Phase 2 $4,000
Nature Manitoba, Important Birds Area Office Capacity Building $695
Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Furnishings & Equipment for 650 Burrows $5,000
NEARC - Neighbourhood Empowerment & Resource Centre NEARC Team Professional Development $4,980
Neecheewam Furniture Replacement $4,000
Niigaanaki Day Care Centre Laptop Computer $1,500
North End Wellness Centre  Equipment Replacement  $2,500
North End Wellness Seniors Building Administrative Capacity $2,775
NorWest Coop Computer Renewal 2018 $5,000
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Centre Manitoba Complusive Hoarding Program $3,225
Osborne Village Resource Centre Chair Replacement $5,000
Pembina Active Living 55+ Building Capacity Through Professional Development $2,550
Pollock's Hardware Coop Computer & Website Upgrade $5,000
Red Threads of Peace Playback Professional Development $1,000
Resource Assistance for Youth Cultural Program Supply Purchase $5,000
Restorative Justice Association of Manitoba Public Awareness of Restorative Justice $5,000
Returning to Spirit Trainer Development $2,500
Sarasvati Dramatic Theatre Productions Capacity-Building Equipment Upgrades $2,500
Siloam Mission Website Redefine & Redevelopment $5,000
SISTARS - Sisters Initiating Steps Towards A Renewed Society Organizational Logo & Website Development $4,144
South Osborne Place Housing Cooperative Asset Management Plan & Accessibility Audit $1,976
SSCOPE Brand Strategy & Digital Development Plan $4,875
St Matthews Non Profit Housing Neighbourhood Resource Centre Social Enterprise Meeting Room Project $4,000
St Norbert Farmers' Market Suporting our Local Producers Year Round $2,500
Sunshine House Communications & Campaign Coordination $5,000
Trailblazers Life Choices Website and online enhancements $4,650
Urban Stable/The Horse Connection Inc Computer and Office Upgrades $5,000
Victoria Albert Daycare Equipment Upgrade $2,000
West Central Community Program Board Governance Project $5,000
West Central Women's Resource Centre 2019-2021 Strategic Plan $5,000
West End Cultural Centre Point of Sale Upgrade $4,800
Westminster Housing Coop Bicycle Room Project $1,830
WRENCH Reboot $5,000
Total Sustainable Organization Grants $214,007

Other Grants

Assiniboine Park Conservancy Imagine a Place Capital Campaign $10,000
Canadian CED Network, Manitoba Enterprising Non-Profits $15,000
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 $4,500
Habitat for Humanity Manitoba 2017 Habitat Build $5,000
IRCOM – Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Core Funding $10,000
Klinic Community Health Capital Campaign $5,000
Lake Winnipeg Foundation Monitoring our Waterways $5,000
Macdonald Youth Services Youth Resource Centre Capital Campaign $5,000
Manitoba Cooperative Association Manitoba Cooperative Development  $5,000
Meadows Garden Housing Coop Building Condition Assessment Grant $2,000
Mometum Centre Capital Campaign $5,000
Old Grace Housing Coop Capital Support $10,000
Pulford Community living Services Home Purchase $10,000
SEED Winnipeg Core Funding $5,000
SEED Winnipeg CSI Bursary Fund $5,000
South Osborne Housing Coop Building Condition Assessment Grant $2,000
The Jubilee Fund Core Funding $10,000
United Way of Winnipeg Annual Campaign $25,000
Westboine Park Housing Coop Building Condition Assessment Grant $2,000
Total Other Grants   $160,500


Total Community Grants up to December 31, 2018 $374,507

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