Assiniboine Credit Union is passionate about helping local organizations that are making a difference in our communities. Through a variety of grants programs, ACU is able to provide financial support to a wide assortment of community-based programs and projects, aimed at making our communities more inclusive, environmentally sustainable, and economically self-reliant. In 2013 alone, ACU was able to award nearly $350,000 in grants to 71 organizations.
Building Sustainable Communities
Twice a year, Assiniboine accepts applications for their Sustainable Community Grants program. This program in particular focuses on short-term projects and on-going programs that support community renewal and environmental sustainability.
The Community Grants Team
Volunteer members of our Sustainable Community Grants Committee work their way through a pile of applications. Each member of the committee assesses each application individually, using a standard set of criteria, on their own time. Then the team gets together to jointly review the applications and make funding recommendations through consensus decision making. A satisfyng, yet tough job.
Being part of this committee is very rewarding and seeing how the funding makes a difference is so amazing. It is very hard to choose which program to fund; all of them are very deserving and do such wonderful things in our community.
— Sherri Wagemakers, Assiniboine Employee and Grants Committee Member
Being a member of the community grants committee has been one of the most rewarding things I have done at ACU. I got to work with a great team, learned a lot of new things and saw how fantastic ACU’s presence is in our community.
— Manjit Jassal, Assiniboine Employee and Grants Committee Member
Without this grant, our organization, and many other non-profits, would not be able to continue the work that we do.
— North End Housing Project
The application process and Assiniboine staff are helpful, reasonable and friendly.
— West Broadway Community Organization
Here are a few stories about organizations who have used their grant funding to make a difference in our communities.
- Champlain School Places in International Mural Contest
- SWEEP: North Point Douglas Senior’s Association Provides Food and Recycling Services
- MAWA: The Art of Mentoring Comes to Main Street
- Book Mates Helps Connect Children with Reading
Visit Sustainable Community Grants Program to learn more about the application process, eligibility and deadlines.