Click here for a pdf copy of the application form:  Grant Application Form 2017


 The objectives of the Community Foundation of Portage & District Inc. are:

  1. To support organizations providing social services in the community;
  2. To assist and promote the arts and cultural activities;
  3. To advance education;
  4. To support and advance the provision of medical services;
  5. To encourage and support physical fitness and health;
  6. To support child welfare, youth development and family well-being;
  7. To support the enhancement of the environment;
  8. To support and advance other community activities or facilities of a charitable nature.

In order to accomplish these objectives effectively and efficiently, the Foundation has developed a thorough review process for grant applications. The granting guidelines are listed here for organizations to review prior to completing an application form.

  1. Project must benefit primarily the people of Portage la Prairie and District.
  2. Grants are made only to non-profit organizations with Revenue Canada Charitable Registration Numbers or other qualified donees under the Income Tax Act.
  3. Organizations seeking funds must demonstrate a strong and committed board of directors or governing body of the organization, fiscal responsibility and management qualifications.
  4. Grants are awarded for definite purposes and for projects covering a specific period of time.
  5. Preference is given to projects which:
    1. Encourage more efficient use of community resources;
    2. Expect to test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques in the solution of community problems;
    3. Address the underlying causes of problems in our society rather than dealing only with symptoms;
    4. Are developed in consultation with other agencies and planning groups and those which promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations and the elimination of duplicate services;
    5. Promote volunteer participation and citizen involvement in the community;
    6. Demonstrate evidence of community support and organization initiative.
  6. Capital projects will be considered if there is a demonstrated need.
  7. If partnering with another organization in this application, please include a letter of support from this organization.
  8. Pilot or demonstration projects must include provision for an evaluation and a realistic plan for financial viability beyond the pilot stage.
  9. The Foundation encourages the participation of others in funding projects and, on occasion, provides matching funds or challenge grants to stimulate increased response from other sources.
  10. Project proposals not eligible for funding are those that:
    1. Support operating expenses of established organizations or programs;
    2. Go towards operating or capital deficits;
    3. Go towards annual fund drives for sustaining support;
    4. Establish or add to endowment funds;
    5. Fund specific medical or scientific research projects;
    6. Support religious organizations for direct religious activities;
    7. Promote political activities or support advocacy initiatives;
    8. Provide general conference support
    9. Go towards wages or salaries.
    10. Expenses incurred prior to receiving approval of grant.
  11. All applicants will be required to complete a grant application form. A meeting to discuss your application with the Foundation directors or staff may be requested.
  12. Applicants receiving a grant will be required to complete and submit a Grant Evaluation Report with supporting photos within 90 days of completion of the project.

Application Deadline:  April 1, 2017

 If you have any questions, please contact the Foundation:

 Phone: 204-856-1971 or Email: