Manitoba Advancing Futures Bursary 2023


Update: Manitoba Advancing Futures Bursary application for 2023 is now closed.



The Advancing Futures Bursary (AFB) supports students currently or previously in the care of a Manitoba Child and Family Services (CFS) agency who are pursuing post-secondary education at a recognized institution in Manitoba. The bursary is intended to assist students with education costs and help them achieve academic and employment success.

Eligibility Criteria

Students may be eligible for a bursary up to $10,000 and must meet ALL the following criteria:

  • Resident of Manitoba
  • Currently or previously in the care of a Manitoba Child and Family Services agency
  • A current student at a recognized post-secondary institution in Manitoba (Attended post secondary school from September 2022 to May 2023)
  • Full-time or Part-time student

Previous applicants and recipients of Advancing Futures Bursary are eligible to re-apply. Priority will be given to first time applicants.

How to Apply

  • Review the Advancing Futures Bursary application.
  • Ensure you meet all eligibility requirements outline below.
  • Complete the Advancing Futures Bursary application and consent form.
  • Submit your completed application including a copy of your most recent academic transcript (official transcript is preferred) to
  • Provide a cover letter (or include within Section 6 of the application) describing why you chose your post-secondary program, your academic field of study, employment goals, and why the Advancing Futures Bursary is required to be successful.
  • NOTE: First time applicants are required to provide a letter from their current or previous CFS agency confirming they are, or have been a former ward of the agency. Previous applicants are not required to provide such a letter.

Assessment Process

  • When an application is received, the Advancing Futures Bursary Coordinator reviews the application to determine eligibility and viability.
  • If required, applicants will be contacted by the AFB Coordinator, or another government representative to discuss the following:
    • Any additional information needed for the assessment of the application.
    • Resources and supports available to assist with application process.
  • Applicants will be notified by letter of the decision for their application.
    • If an application has been approved for Advancing Futures Bursary, information on the payment process will be included.
    • If an application is not selected for bursary, program staff will identify the basis for this decision in the notification letter.

Program Priorities

Priority will be given to:

  • Full time students
  • Full time students who are more than halfway to graduation
  • Students who demonstrate a career pathway and/or focus
  • Students who demonstrate a financial need
  • Students with above average GPA, or show an improvement in GPA standings from previous year (must be over 2.0)


September 30, 2023