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United Way Winnipeg offers grants to support organizational growth, as well as grants to encourage youth-led volunteer projects.

Organizational Development Grant Overview for 2022/2023

United Way Winnipeg believes that investing in strong organizations and communities is one way to create a better future. United Way Winnipeg does this by providing sustained funding to a network of agencies. Additionally, we invest in community organizations across Winnipeg through our Organizational Development Grant Program to enable them in providing effective, high-quality programs and services.

The Organizational Development Grant is a small grant offered through three different streams: United Way Winnipeg funded agencies, non-United Way Winnipeg funded agencies and Indigenous-led agencies. Nonprofits can apply for up to $5,000 to advance capacity-building efforts that help them enhance organizational effectiveness.

For United Way Winnipeg, capacity building for organizational effectiveness means supporting organizations to strengthen the following six core capacities. These areas of effectiveness are listed in order of priority. Given the volume of requests in recent intakes, United Way Winnipeg will apply this weighted criterion when reviewing applications.

  1. Governance & Leadership: Focusing on improvements to the processes and structures used by the Board of Directors. (I.e., development or revision to board bylaws, policies, procedures documents, terms of reference, roles/responsibilities of the board, board review/assessment, research and assessment associated with applying for charitable status, accreditation through Imagine Canada).
  2. Financial Management: Fostering an improved ability in agencies to effectively manage and deploy organizational revenues and assets. (I.e., development of process and procedures to ensure financial accountability and transparency, development of fundraising strategy/plan, development of fundraising policies).
  3. Human Resources: Enhancing areas related to the systems, policies and procedures to ensure effective functioning of an agency’s human resources that comply, at minimum, with employment, health and safety and other applicable legislation as well as good practice standards. (I.e., development of HR policies, succession planning, procedures, development of job descriptions, conflict resolution policy, volunteer management policies/procedures).
  4. Research: Research focusing on effectively serving diverse communities, including indigenous, immigrant/refugee, LGBT2SQ+, disability, etc. (I.e., research to better understand how to serve diverse communities appropriately).
  5. Strategic Alliances & Partnerships: Fostering strategic alliances and partnerships that significantly advance an organization’s goals and expand its influence. (I.e., fostering collaborations and partnerships in areas such as restructuring, mergers, fostering strategic alliances and partnerships to advance a common agenda).
  6. Strategy and Business Planning: Enhancing agency capacity to results in stronger decision making, strategy development and planning processes. (I.e., development of strategic plans, needs assessment/plan development, communications and social media plan, environmental scan to gauge changing client need, information and technology planning).

To apply for United Way Winnipeg’s Organizational Development Grant, your organization must meet all the following eligibility criteria:

  • A registered nonprofit organization, and
  • An organization working in the health and social service sector, and
  • Based in Winnipeg, and
  • Primarily providing programs and services for Winnipeg individuals, and
  • Whose programs and services align with United Way Winnipeg focus areas:
      • Education: All That Kids Can Be
      • Income: From Poverty to Possibility
      • Health: Healthy People, Strong Communities

The organizations below are not eligible for an Organizational Development Grant:

  • Agencies whose primary mission is of a political or religious nature
  • Organizations primarily involved in medical research
  • Daycares
  • Libraries

Note: Agencies are eligible for one project per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). A project funded by an Organizational Development Grant must be completed and an invoice submitted to United Way Winnipeg before another application to the fund can be approved.

Preference will be given to projects which:

  • Demonstrate a clear alignment with United Way Winnipeg’s strategic priorities.
  • Demonstrate an urgency or timeliness for the organization to minimize risks, address organizational challenges, enhance sustainability of the organization, etc.
  • Demonstrate evidence that it will contribute to building the overall capacity and effectiveness of the organization through one or more of the six core capacities noted above.
  • Are encouraged by Agency Liaison Volunteers Teams – this point is specific to United Way Winnipeg agency partners.

Grants will not be approved to support costs associated with:

  • Staff costs or salaries
  • Staff development and training
  • Capital purchases
  • Transportation, space rental, or food
  • Implementation of operating plans or strategic plans
  • Conference registration, workshop registration and travel
  • Projects/activities already completed before the application is reviewed and approved by the review committee
  • Printing, distribution and promotion of materials developed as a result of the project

United Way Winnipeg will accept applications for a window of four weeks during two intake periods. The review committee will review all applications against the criteria to make final funding decisions.

Spring Intake 2022

Applications must be submitted by email to orgdevgrant@unitedwaywinnipeg.ca and will be accepted starting April 4, 2022, at 8:30 am until April 29, 2022, at 4:30 pm

  • Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in early June

Fall Intake 2022

Applications must be submitted by email to orgdevgrant@unitedwaywinnipeg.ca and will be accepted starting October 3, 2022, at 8:30 am until October 28, 2022, at 4:30 pm.

  • Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in early December

For more information, please contact:

Matthew McCormick
Community Investment Manager

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