2020 PAWS GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
Please be advised that all programming is temporarily suspended while staff are furloughed due to Covid-19. We expect this suspension to last March 25-May 5. Please check back for updates, and in the meantime, you may reach out to our Executive Director, Tom Ethans, with questions/concerns: email@example.com or 204 792 5464
In the interim, we ask all of you to help carry our mission:
Help a friend or neighbour in need.
Take a bucket or bag with you on your daily walks, and pick up litter. Remember to wear gloves!
Spread messages of hope and goodwill in your neighbourhood—use sidewalk chalk to write a message or create a cheerful drawing, or show off your crafty side with window art.
Take care of each other.
Grant recipients in 2019: Archwood School, College Beliveau, JB Mitchell School, JH Bruns Collegiate. Read details on their projects here.
See below for a summary of previous years' grant recipients.
What is P.A.W.S.?
PAWS stands for Pride in Action With Students.
It became evident over the last few years that most middle schools have student clubs that encourage volunteerism and community involvement. Bearing this in mind, Take Pride Winnipeg! is hoping to engage with middle school students and harness their creativity and industriousness to put towards some worthy causes. The PAWS program wants to help turn students' ideas for change into realities by offering small grants to those student groups.
Students will come up with an idea for a project they want to tackle that will benefit their school, neighbourhood or the global community. Students will build a grant proposal. A teacher or another adult volunteer will be present to advise the group and ensure proposals meet all guidelines and criteria (see grant criteria and proposal documents below).
Applications are due by March 20, 2020
Take Pride Winnipeg! will review all applications and grant recipients will be chosen by April 9. We will begin scheduling school visits to award grants after April 14.
Once funding has been received work should begin on the project. A few students from the group will provide Take Pride Winnipeg! with monthly progress reports, as well as a final report upon the project’s completion. Groups are encouraged to document their progress with video and photos as well. It is generally expected that projects will be completed by the end of the school year in June.
Benefits to participants
The students who become involved in the PAWS program will gain pride in themselves and in their city. They will become more familiar with planning out major projects, budgeting, report writing and proposal writing. They will learn the importance of time and resource management. They will see that they can make a difference and have an impact on the world around them.
PAWS Documents for download:
Read about past PAWS grant recipients:
Program Partners: Canada Life, MARRC (Used Oil Recycling), EPRA (Electronic Products Recycling Association), Province of Manitoba, Winnipeg Foundation.