United Way Winnipeg believes that investing in strong organizations and communities is a way we can create a better future, but it requires more than program funding. Organizations, and the communities they belong to need to have strong core capacities that enable them to grow, develop knowledge and resources, and ultimately achieve their missions. Strong capacities do not just “happen” – they are a combination of deliberate efforts in a collection of key areas. United Way Winnipeg wants to create support for capacity building efforts in non-profit agencies to help them enhance organizational effectiveness.
For United Way Winnipeg, capacity building for organizational effectiveness means supporting organizations to strengthen the following six core capacities:
- Governance & Leadership: Focusing on improvements to the processes and structures used by the Board. (I.e. development or revision to board by-laws, policies, procedures documents, terms of reference, roles/responsibilities of board, board review/assessment, research and assessment associated with applying for charitable status, accreditation through Imagine Canada).
- Strategy and Business Planning: Enhancing agency capacity so that it results in stronger decision-making, strategy development and planning processes. (I.e. development of strategic plans; needs assessment/plan development; succession planning, communications and social media plan; environmental scan to gauge changing client need; information and technology planning).
- 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).
- Human Resources: Enhancing areas related to the systems, policies and procedures to ensure the effective functioning of an agency’s human resources that comply, at a minimum, with employment, health and safety and other applicable legislation as well as good practice standards. (I.e. development of HR policies, procedures, development of job descriptions; conflict resolution policy, volunteer management policies/procedures).
- Research: Research focusing on effectively serving diverse communities, including indigenous, immigrant/refugee, LGTBQ, disability, etc. (I.e. research to better understand how to appropriately serve diverse communities).
- Strategic Alliances & Partnerships: Fostering strategic alliances and partnerships that significantly advance an organization’s goals and expand its influence. (I.e. fostering collaborations/partnerships in areas such as restructuring, mergers; fostering strategic alliances and partnerships to advance a common agenda).
 The six core capacities stem from Peter York’s work on the ‘Four Core Capacities’ of organizational effectiveness.
To apply for United Way Winnipeg’s Organizational Development Grant, your organization must:
- Be a registered non-profit organization, and
- Be an organization working in the health and social service sector, and
- Be based in Winnipeg, and
- Primarily provide programs and services for Winnipeg individuals, and
- Have and submit a current or recently expired (within 1 year) strategic plan
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 your organization’s current strategic plan, and by extension, your organization’s mission and vision.
- Are urgently needed to address organizational challenges.
- Contribute to building the overall capacity and effectiveness of your organization through one or more of the six core capacities noted above.
- Have been recommended by United Way Winnipeg Agency Liaison Volunteers – 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
- Execution of operating plans and/or strategies
- Conference registration, workshop registration and travel
- Projects/activities already completed before the application is reviewed and approved by the review committee
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.
Applications must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be accepted starting April 15 at 8:30am until May 10 at 4:30pm.
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in early June.
Applications must be submitted by email to email@example.com and will be accepted starting October 14 at 8:30am to November 8 at 4:30pm.
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in early December.