Programs

Kids in Philanthropy
The Kids in Philanthropy Program engages Portage la Prairie and district middle years students (grades 5 to 8) in helping local charities registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). In this exciting program, a class or group will research charities, decide which ones would benefit most from a monetary donation and then make a grant. This will help the students gain a clear understanding of their community, volunteerism and public service. MORE

Youth in Philanthropy 
The Thomas Sill Foundation initiated a ‘Youth in Philanthropy” program in rural Manitoba and Portage was fortunate to be selected as one of the first four test sites. The Community Foundation of Portage and District is partnering with The Thomas Sill Foundation in this six-year program (2002 to 2007). The total value of the project is $42,000. MORE

ArtsSmarts/Genie Arts Programme
ArtsSmarts is a long-term, national initiative, launched in 1998, and recently renewed until 2010, to promote the active participation of young people in the arts. It is designed to increase and enhance arts-related activities in the classroom, by promoting art as a vehicle for teaching all subjects across the curriculum. MORE

Millennium Match Challenge
In 2000, we were issued a challenge by an anonymous donor to increase our undesignated permanent endowment fund by $150,000 before December 31, 2002. As we were very successful in meeting this challenge, the anonymous donor donated a matching amount of $150,000 to us to make immediate charitable grants of $50,000 per year for three years to qualified recipients in our community.

Community Match Challenge
In 2004, our anonymous donor has issued the Community Foundation of Portage and District (CFPD) with another challenge, this time to increase our undesignated permanent endowment fund by $75,000 before December 31, 2006. CFPD has named this project the “Community Match Challenge.” MORE

Regular Grantmaking Program
The Community Foundation of Portage and District is committed to increasing the ability and capacity of local organizations to meet current and future needs. The income from our “community fund” is used to provide grants to qualified groups that are actively engaged in strengthening our community.