Small Grants

A small grant can make a big difference

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 a variety of small grants to support volunteer work at both the grassroots and organizational levels.

Building Blocks

Building BlocksUnited Way’s Building Blocks Program assists informal groups of individuals or residents to invest in their neighbourhoods and/or demographic communities by supporting activities that increase the social capital of a neighbourhood and develop personal skills, assets and abilities that will be used to build a community or neighbourhood.

Building Blocks provides small amounts of money ($100 to a maximum of $1000) to purchase materials, supplies or services. The program enables small, informal groups of people to identify solutions to local neighbourhood or community issues and act on them.

How to apply

Call 204-477-5360 or contact us today. 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

United Way’s Youth United strategy is all about finding ways for today’s young leaders to connect and get involved in our community, take action on their ideas, and create opportunities for a better life for everyone. Youth United Grants of up to $1000 are available to youth volunteers who initiate and organize community action projects with a clear local benefit.

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.