Government departments, agencies and organizations provide financing such as grants, contributions, scholarships, and subsidies. Click on any of these websites to see what financial program are available.

Community Places

Successful applications will be on planning, building and sustaining communities that address one of the five following areas:
• Projects that support women’s empowerment / support women in vulnerable situations;
• Projects that enable economic development / align with regional development strategies;
• Key repair of high priority assets;
• Community Initiatives – community, heritage, tourism and recreation facilities and projects;
• Social Innovation – examples include support for social enterprises, projects that include a social return on investment (SROI) evaluation and projects that target measurable social outcomes.

As a overreaching criteria, the application must meet at least four of the following criteria:
• Identify partners
• Identify measurement for outcomes
• Define measurable outcomes
• Leverage funds
• Demonstrate the value for investment (plan to evaluate impact)
• First time applicants

Second all applications will be evaluated against criteria under each individual program area. For Community Places Program:
• Critical repairs to high priority assets
• Demonstration of significant community use
• Based on access plan or feasibility study

Who can apply?
Non-profit community organizations throughout Manitoba are eligible to apply to the Community Places Program. Ineligible organizations include public schools, universities, hospitals, nursing homes, businesses, commercial co‑operatives, and federal, provincial and City of Winnipeg departments, and agencies.* Ineligible projects include those primarily involving housing, space for worship or congregational purposes, cemeteries, signage, portable tools, equipment, furniture, municipal works such as roads, bridges, municipal service buildings, and sewer and water installations.* Operating costs and building maintenance costs are not eligible.

Application Deadline:
Applications for projects that will be completed by March 31, 2019 will be accepted until May 28, 2018.

Sports Manitoba

Sport Manitoba offers a wide range of developmental grants that facilitate the growth of athletes, coaches and officials at the community level.
Assistance provided by Sport Manitoba focuses on participants who are being introduced to sport and those who are looking to take their development to the next step.

They have a wide variety of grants and scholarships.

The Manitoba Arts Council

The Manitoba Arts Council has a wide variety of funding opportunities for groups and individuals.

For more info contact a Program Consultant
(204) 945-2237 (toll-free in Manitoba 1-866-994-2787)

Government of Manitoba Grants
To get funding criteria, visit

Manitoba Sport, Culture, and Heritage supports community organizations and citizens who take action to build on their community’s achievements, existing strengths and local skills in the following areas:
• Arts
• Heritage
• Public Libraries

Northern Youth Empowerment Initiative

The Northern Youth Empowerment Initiative (NYEI) provides financial help and program support to programs or projects in northern Manitoba that are focused on youth, with a preference for those that are:
• community based
• wholly or partially driven or led by youth
• based on well-established, evidence-based models known to produce positive outcomes for youth
• designed to impact or affect large numbers of youth

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

CIBC will consider funding for:
• Canadian registered charities or non-profit organizations, that use funds within Canada
• Projects aligned to our commitment to cancer and persons with disabilities
• Projects that include planned outcomes, supported by a measurement and evaluation process
• Organizations with audited financial statements, sound financial practices and a sustainable funding model

CIBC Children’s Foundation will consider funding for:
• Canadian registered charities that use funds within Canada
• Projects or programs that directly support children in need — under the age of 13
• Projects or programs that have a record of achievement or potential for success in line with our overall goals
• Projects and programs that address a community need and provide direct impact to the community served
• Projects and programs that include planned outcomes, supported by a measurement and evaluation process
• Requests that include financial statements for the charitable organization, sound financial practices, a sustainable funding model and a program budget

For all regional donation and National/Capital campaign requests, the deadlines are March 1 and August 1 of each calendar year. For all donations related to the CIBC Children’s Foundation, applications are accepted between February 1 and August 1.

Scotia Bank

Scotiabank supports organizations and programs that are committed to helping young people reach their full potential, particularly in the areas of health and well-being and education. Young people are our future leaders and it’s crucial to provide them with the skills and resources they need to succeed.
Scotiabank’s community investment strategy is used to help identify the organizations that Scotiabank can most effectively partner with to advance our philanthropic goal of supporting young people in the communities where we operate.

Grants focus on young People in the Community
• Health & Well-Being
• Education

Applications are reviewed throughout the year

Cambrian Credit Union

One of Cambrian Credit Union’s five core values is Community Involvement. To us, this means a commitment to giving back to community charities, agencies, and not-for-profit organizations both big and small in a number of different ways, whether that’s through donations (both monetary and in-kind), sponsorships, or providing volunteers.

Accept applications year-round but yearly budgets are set in November, at which time recipients are reviewed and selected.

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage and its portfolio organizations play a vital role in the cultural, civic and economic life of Canadians.

Apply to one of a myriad of funding programs that support culture, history, heritage, sport and official languages in Canada.

Thomas Sills Foundation

The Thomas Sill Foundation provides grants only throughout Manitoba.

Funded projects:
Responses to Community
• Agencies addressing poverty
• Women’s shelters
• Qualifying daycares
• Mentally and physically challenged people
Community well-being
• Health
• Palliative care
• Mental illness
• Students at risk, including adults
• Municipal libraries
Arts and Culture Projects
• Heritage
• Museums, architecture, projects
• Water issues
• Proactive grants are made at the discretion of the Foundation

Local Festivals – Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Local Festivals provides funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans or heritage performers.

Application Deadlines
• January 31 – for festivals starting between September 1 and December 31
• April 30 – for festivals starting between January 1 and June 30
• September 30 – for festivals starting between July 1 and August 31

Urban/Hometown Greenteam

Green Team grants are awarded to non-profit organizations and municipal governments to hire youth between the ages of 15 and 29 to work on community projects between May and August.

Program Priorities
• Children/Youth Recreation and Volunteer Projects.
• Indigenous youth, visible minority youth and youth with a disability.
• Projects located in northern Manitoba (north of 53rd parallel) and in revitalization areas
• Projects from organizations previously funded through Green Team.

Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool

The Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool is a searchable list of 688 bursaries, scholarships and incentives across Canada.