Applications Now Open for Funding from the CEO Sleepout

 
 

December 19, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN – COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY

Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and End Homelessness Winnipeg organized the 6th Annual CEO Sleepout in the fall of 2017 and raised over $90,000 for our program that provides people who experience homelessness with employment opportunities.

Following the CEO Sleepout that took place on October 26 that saw CEOs and Community Champions sleeping out for one night to raise funds and awareness for ending homelessness in Winnipeg, applications for funding is now open.

Community organizations are invited to apply for over $90,000 in funding by the application deadline of January 22, 2018 with funds being distributed by the end of February for use in 2018.

Examples of past projects that have received funding from the CEO Sleepout include:

  • Graffiti Art Programming
  • Red Road Lodge
  • Siloam Mission
  • Artbeat Studio Inc.
  • Macdonald Youth Services
  • Union Gospel Mission

To apply, please learn more about the funds by reading the 2017 CEO Sleepout Funding Letter and 2017 CEO Sleepout Funding Request Form.

About the CEO Sleepout

 The CEO Sleepout, organized by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, recruits and mobilizes over 150 leaders from the private and public sectors to help bring attention and awareness to the intricate and complex issues of homelessness in our city and downtown community.

Since 2011, almost $900,000 has been raised to support social agencies in their efforts to employ their participants and in providing them with quality-of-life supports and access to housing. These efforts have resulted in the employment of 137 people experiencing homelessness for more than 81,000 hours – with many of these individuals returning to school or finding permanent full-time work. The CEO Sleepout has also ignited a desire from the private/public sector to work together towards the creation of a long-term strategy to end homelessness in Winnipeg.

About End Homelessness Winnipeg

 Created by a task force in 2012, End Homelessness Winnipeg has a mission of bringing together all sectors of our community to work with people who are experiencing homelessness. Through this partnership they believe that we can prevent homelessness, support recovery and wellbeing, find suitable housing, and measure our success in ways that impact and transform our community and sustain change through collective action and hope.

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MEDIA INQUIRIES

Erica Urias, Coordinator, Marketing & Communications

Phone: Cell – (204) 806-8923   Email: marketingcoordinator@downtownwinnipegbiz.com