Employee Charity of Choice Program


The Together Project represents the collective charitable efforts of Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries and its employees working together to improve the quality of life for Manitobans.

Every day, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries employees volunteer, make payroll donations through our corporate Charitable Giving Campaigns (United Way and All Charities), or are involved with the Employee Charity of Choice program, all of which make Manitoba a better place to live.


QUICK LINKS:   Overview  |   Funding Categories   |   Eligibility Criteria   |   How to Apply   |   FAQ


 

Program overview

The Employee Charity of Choice is a program of Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries – The Together Project™ that supports capital projects or programs that benefit children and youth in Manitoba. The program engages employees by enabling them to vote for who will be the Charities of Choice.

Funds raised for the Employee Charity of Choice program are employee-driven and are generated in two ways: 

  1. Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries donates money towards the Charity of Choice for all volunteer efforts recorded by its employees, alumni and their family & friends.
  2. Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries matches money raised through direct employee fundraising efforts such as payroll donations and internal fundraising campaigns.

Eligible non-profit and charitable organizations may apply to be part of the Employee Charity of Choice program. Ultimately, the final applicants for funding will be chosen by the employees of Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries.

 

Funding categories

Please note: 'Category A' funding will be awarded over a two-year period, while 'Category B' and 'C' funding will be dependent on the program/project selected and may be awarded in a lump sum payment upon signing of agreement, with a portion withheld until after completion.

CATEGORY TYPE VALUE DESCRIPTION
Category A Province-wide project or program $75,000-$100,000 Province-wide initiative (implemented in two or more regions of Manitoba)
Category B Local (Winnipeg) project or program $25,000-$50,000 Winnipeg-based initiative
Category C Local (rural) project or program $25,000-$50,000 Rurally-based initiative

 

Registered charitable and non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply for funding for a Capital Project or New Program as outlined below:

A. Capital Project

  1. A new construction, expansion, renovation or replacement project for an existing facility or facilities. Project costs may include the cost of land, engineering, architectural planning and contract services needed to complete the project (e.g. community club, skating rink, swimming pool and additions or upgrades to an existing facility).
  2. The purchase of major equipment with a useful life of at least five years (e.g. ice re-surfacer, commercial freezer/stove/refrigerator).
  3. A major maintenance or rehabilitation project for existing facilities with a useful life of at least five years (e.g. a new roof for a building, flooring in a community centre or repair of water damage to a facility).

B. New Program

  1. New program
  2. Existing program that is being expanded to new area(s)
    *Program costs may include: equipment and supplies; operating costs, such as salaries and rent for the new/expanded program may be considered and will be assessed relative to the program.  Existing organization/program costs are not eligible for funding (e.g. rent, utilities, etc. at existing facility).

 


 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a registered non-profit or charitable organization:
    • for a minimum of five (5) years to qualify for Category A (Province-wide Project/Program) funding; or
    • for a minimum of three (3) years to qualify for Category B & C (Local Project/Program).
  • Must be based in Manitoba or have a Manitoba division.
  • Must benefit children and/or youth (ages 0 to 29) in Manitoba.
  • Must be broad-based and accessible to the general public.
  • TOTAL project value falls within one of the Categories outlined above.
  • Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries is the exclusive funder of the program/project (i.e. requests for partial funding are ineligible).
  • Must be able to demonstrate sound financial practices and a sustainability plan. 

 

Other information

  • If successful, the organization must provide progress reports up to two times annually, or as outlined in the signed agreement.  Payments may be withheld until progress reports are received and satisfied.  
  • If more than one proposal is submitted by an organization and selected, only one program/project is eligible for funding.  The organization will be contacted to decide which program/project is their preferred proposal to be considered.

Ineligibility Criteria

  • Non-inclusive religious organization or place of worship
  • Political, fraternal or advocacy groups
  • Labour organizations
  • Service, private or social clubs and legions
  • Private foundation
  • Private school
  • Athletic club
  • Endowment funds
  • Research
  • Daycares
  • Ongoing core or essential municipal, education, health care or social service (e.g. school, hospital, fire hall, police/RCMP, etc.)
  • Federal, provincial, municipal and city government department
  • Organizations that limits accessibility to the general public
  • Organizations that have received funds through any Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries programs* (total = $5,000 or more) in the previous fiscal year are not eligible for funding under the Employee Charity of Choice campaign (includes funding through Sponsorship, Partnerships, Golf Program, Community Festival Program, Small Capital Program and/or Charitable Poker Program). 
    *Note: Funds received from the Bingo Volunteer Program are excluded. 
  • Organizations funded through the Employee Charity of Choice Program (formerly Employees Care by Helping Others (ECHO)) are not eligible for funding for consecutive campaign periods (i.e. organizations cannot be selected twice in a row; there must be a minimum of one campaign in between). 

 

How to apply

Application deadline: January 17, 2018 at 12 noon

Please attach all necessary documentation with your submission:

  1. Download and fill out the application questionnaire:

      Charity of Choice Application Questionnaire

  2. Audited financial statements (preferred)  -or-  unaudited financial statements and a recent bank statement
  3. Project quotes, where applicable  (min. 2 preferred)     

Note: Prepare/complete all the documents noted above and scan/save them to your computer prior to completing your online submission.  You will need to upload these documents with your submission. Incomplete applications may be disqualified.

Apply to be a Charity of Choice

 

For more information, contact:

Eleana Paggao, Volunteer Coordinator
Community Relations & Partnerships
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries
Phone:  204-957-2500 ext. 2447 (Toll-free 1-800-265-3912)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Up to 14 Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries employee representatives from various lines of business and locations throughout the province make up the Committee.
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries believes in supporting our communities where our employees live and work. This program engages our employees by enabling them to vote for who will be the Charities of Choice.
Funds are employee-driven and are generated in two ways:
  1. Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries donates money towards the Charity of Choice for all volunteer efforts recorded by its employees, alumni and their family & friends.
  2. Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries matches money raised through direct employee fundraising efforts such as payroll donations and internal fundraising campaigns.
Total funding amount available for allocation over a two-year period: $200,000
Following the Funding Categories, a minimum of three (3) or maximum of five (5) charities will become the Charities of Choice, pending signature of an agreement.  

Note: Number of charities to receive funding will be dependent on funding amounts requested in each category.

If there are remaining funds, monies will be allocated to the charity with the next highest employee vote that is within the total budget allocated for the category. If the charity accepts partial funding, this charity would not be eligible to apply for the next Charity of Choice campaign.
CATEGORY TYPE VALUE PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Category A Province-wide project or program $75,000-$100,000 Two payments per year of 25% of the total program/project cost; typically one payment in April and one payment in October.
Category B Local (Winnipeg) project or program $25,000-$50,000 Dependent on the program/project selected and may be awarded in a lump sum payment upon signing of agreement, with a portion withheld until after completion.
Category C Local (rural) project or program $25,000-$50,000

Successful applicants must provide a progress report to Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries up to two-times per year, as outlined in the signed agreement. Payments will be issued once progress reports are received and satisfied.

Yes. An organization can submit more than one proposal. However, only one program/project is eligible for funding. If more than one proposal scores high enough to be shortlisted and included in the employee vote, the organization will be contacted to determine which proposal is their preferred proposal to be sent to the vote.
All eligible submissions will be vetted through Community Relations for eligibility and then compiled for review by a sub-committee of Employee Charity of Choice Committee members. The sub-committee will score the applicants using the Application Questionnaire. The top-rated applicants will be put to vote by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries employees.  

Note: To assist employees with their voting decision, they are provided the applicant's Project Summary that was submitted on the Application Questionnaire.

Unless we have questions about your application, only successful organizations will be contacted (likely by of March of 2018).
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