Apply for a Small Grant

Turn your ideas into action – apply for a small grant

In addition to long-term investments in an essential network of more than 100 programs, partnerships and agencies and time-limited investments in new and innovative projects, United Way offers two types of small grants to support volunteer projects organized by informal community and youth groups.

Building Blocks

Building Blocks

Do you have an idea for an event or activity that will connect people in your neighbourhood to improve safety, strengthen relationships or address common challenges? United Way can help make it happen with a Building Blocks grant of up to $1000.

Maybe it’s a safety workshop, a community garden, or a family movie afternoon. The possibilities are endless – as long as your idea contributes to the well-being and vitality of your local community.

How to apply

Call 477-5360 or contact us today and get the ball rolling. You can also download this fact sheet/application for more information.

Organizational Development Grants

United Way logoThe purpose of the Organizational Development Fund is to help not-for-profit groups working in the health and social service sector, which are based in Winnipeg, to increase organizational effectiveness through one or all of the following:

  • Fostering collaborations/partnerships in areas such as restructuring, mergers, information systems and accessibility
  • Methods to improve organizational effectiveness including board development, strategic planning, accreditation by a third party, conflict resolution, research and program development
  • Strengthening organizational structure to respond to changing organizational needs and demands
  • Business planning for social purpose enterprises

How to apply

Download this fact sheet/application for more information, or contact Tamara Ingrilli, Community Investment Manager (204-924-4242 or

Youth United Grants

Are you a student or group of young Winnipeggers under age 25 with a great idea that will benefit other youth in our city through your school or in conjunction with a local non-profit organization? United Way youth volunteers may be able to make your youth-initiated and youth-driven project a reality with a grant of up to $1000.

Projects must also help to build and strengthen skills and abilities in the youth who are involved in planning them. Members of the Youth United grant committee will carefully consider all applications from youth who request funding for their volunteer projects and events.

How to apply

For more information, including a list of the most current funding guidelines, please contact the Youth United Manager at 204-924-4265.