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Canada 150 Grant

November 14, 2016

Canada 150 Fund - Community Matching Grant

The Winkler Community Foundation is pleased to make a grant presentation from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th to the City of Winkler, Pine Ridge Basketball court project. This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between The Winkler Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to Coast.

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a small grants program that supports community initiatives in all parts of Canada. Partnering with the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th provides the Winkler Community Foundation with access to matching funding to make more grants to organizations within Winkler.

These grants are responsive to local priorities, connected to Canada’s sesquicentennial and will foster a greater sense of belonging, inclusion and reconciliation in our community.

Walter Giesbrecht, organizer for the Pine Ridge Basketball Courts project applied for the Canada 150 funding. The goal is to provide an outdoor basketball facility that will help build community and facilitate people staying active using basketball throughout the warm months. The plan is to host a 3 on 3 basketball tournament which will be held in commemoration of Canada’s 150th. The courts will play a key role in celebrating this special day, and will also have a long lasting and far reaching impact in the community. Along with opportunities for increased programming, these courts will allow for a great amount of free play where people and various ages and backgrounds would be able to spend time developing relationships while playing basketball and being active outdoors.

A second round of funding is available to charities in the community of Winkler. Deadline for the Canada 150 project grant application is January 15, 2017.


The focus of the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is to

A wide range of projects can work towards the Fund’s goals. Projects must demonstrate an ability to match (cash or in-kind) the value of the grant requested.

Together we will elevate community-building projects connected to Canada’s 150th, create a national narrative, and inspire community action through 2017 and beyond.

For more information on how the Canada 150 funding works or criteria, contact Myra Peters at the Winkler Community Foundation office or check out the Community Foundations of Canada website at



WES YIP give back

Winkler Elementary School ran Youth in Philanthropy as an Exploratory program during the 2020-21 school year. They had a group of grade 8 students participate. As a part of the program, the students ran a Valentine’s Day themed fundraiser by selling boxes of smarties. They felt the smarties could share some “joy” during a COVID Valentine’s. The girls designed to and from tags for the students to send the smarties to friends aor siblings in the school. The money raised during the YIP exploratory program was matched by the Winkler Community Foundation. Thanks to the student’s efforts and the Foundation’s match, a grant of $669 was awarded to Gateway Resources. This grant has been designated for Gateway’s Life Skills Program to add tactile and sensory box resources. “We decided to raise money for the Gateway Life Skills Program because we believe everyone should have an equal opportunity to contribute to the community and do what they love!” – Karli, BYNN and Bria grade 8 YIP students from WES.   The Winkler Community Foundation loves seeing students engage in philanthropic activities. We were happy to see WES find a creative way to still teach young students about philanthropy and positively impact […]


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