Community Foundation of Portage and District

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Community Foundation of Portage and District

206 Saskatchewan Ave E
Portage La Prairie, MB R1N 3G4

Registered Charitable Number: 140660846RR0001
Manitoba Region: North Central


To enhance and enrich the quailty of life in Portage la Prairie and District by supporting and promoting philanthropy through endowment building, donor services, grantmaking and community leadership.


The Community Foundation of Portage and District is a public foundation serving the charitable needs of donors and grant seekers alike in the City and RM of Portage la Prairie. The contributions of donors, from all walks of life, are pooled into permanent, income earning endowment funds which continue to grow in order to provide funding for local community priorities for many years to come.


  • Ken Brennan – Chair
  • Warren Neufeld – Vice Chair
  • Gail Patterson – Past Chair
  • Doug Pedden – Treasurer
  • Blair Geisel – Director
  • Stephanie Verhoeven – Director
  • Winnie Pauch – Director
  • Sherrie Palmer – Director
  • Cornell Pashe – Director
  • Tom Wilson – Director
  • Amy Chappellaz – Director
  • Cathie McFarlane – Director


  • Kim Lavallee – Director
  • Mandy Dubois – Marketing Administrator
  • Jo-Anne Inglis – Finance Assistant


  • Bev Gradidge
  • Lisa Kristof
  • Carol Stewart
  • Megan Sloik

Foundation Fund Highlights

For a complete list of funds, please contact the Community Foundation of Portage and District.

Burnside Cemetery FundThe Burnside Cemetery Fund was established to support the perpetual care for the cemetery.
John & Maureen Mitchell Family FundThe Mitchell Family created the fund to help them contribute to the betterment of our community. Proceeds support Special Olympics MB & CPCS.
Oakville Cemetery FundThe Oakville Cemetery Fund was established to support the perpetual care for the cemetery.
Oakville Community Endowment FundThe Oakville Village Committee created this fund in 2007 to help fund projects in Oakville as well as support sports & other recreational activities.
Portage la Prairie Lions Club FundThe Lions Club fund is a donor advised fund and gives the club the opportunity to choose the recipients of the investment income each year.
Arlan Asham Award FundThis bursary is awarded to a PCI graduate each year who is dedicated & committed to multiple school teams over their high school years.
Jeff & Lynne Bereza Family FundThe Bereza Family created this fund to help other families in our community. The fund benefits breakfast programs within the Portage School Division.
Gage Foster Athletic Scholarship FundIn 2018 Gage Foster lost his life in a car accident. This fund was established in his memory and to celebrate his love of participating in many sports.
Southport FundThe Southport Fund was created in 2015 by Southport Aerospace and supports the Foundations Smart & Caring Community Fund Grant program annually.
Big Borthers Big Sisters Auna-Marie Brown Memorial FundIn 2021, Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Plains (BBBS) created an Agency Fund in honour of long time Board Member and community volunteer Auna-Marie Brown. The investment income from the fund supports BBBS annually.
Camp Jubilee FundCreated in 2020, the Camp Jubilee Fund supports Christian Camps with subsidizing camp registration fees for under privileged children or for those who cannot afford to attend camp.
Fort la Reine Heritage Trust FundThe Fort la Reine Museum Heritage Trust Fund was created in 2019 with support from the Manitoba Heritage Trust Program. The program was designed to help local museums and archives build financial capacity. Annually the investment income earned from the fund is provided to the Fort la Reine Museum to assist with operating and program costs.


Recent Grants

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Ecole Arthur Meighen School LearningSLP Student Interest Learning Program$8,500
Prairie Fusion Arts & EntertainmentExterior Ad Panels$4,700
Oakville School Parent CouncilOakville School Court Overlay$24,000
Ecole Arthur Meighen School SeatingOutdoor Seating$4,600
Portage la Prairie Handivan Inc.Outdoor Storage Shed$1,500
Katie Cares Inc.Beanie Baby Program$2,500
Portage Ukrainian Nursery SchoolSafe Accessible Storage Project$25,000
Portage Community Revitalization CorpCommunity Needs Assessment$10,000
Ronald McDonald House Charities MBBuild New Ronald McDonald House$15,000
Yellowquill SchoolOral Language Development Project$4,200
Ecole Crescentview SchoolClassroom audio systems$10,250
Portage Pickleball ClubPickleball Courts in Island Park$10,000
Portage la Prairie Regional LibraryTeen Space at Library$2,260
Holiday Avenue ProjectSaskatchewan Avenue Lamp Post Wreaths$5,800
Family Resource CentreAmalgamation with ROK Central$10,400
Portage Junk Yard Dogs Inc.JYD Activity Park$10,000
Ecole Arthur Meighen SchoolEAMS Playground Update$35,000
Portage Learning & Literacy CentreEnvision Diversity: Newcomer youth Film Workshop$5,000
Fort la Reine MuseumMuseum Tables & Chairs$2,240
Central Plains Aquatic ClubTechnology Update$2,600
Herman Prior Activity CentreSound System & Accessories$5,500
Youth for ChristFacility Upgrades including new BBQs$4,000
Fort la Reine SchoolFort Families Program$1,750
Visions of IndependenceSocial Enterprise Program Expansion$8,850
Family Resource CentreIncrease programming capacity for prenatal, grandparents as caregivers, intergenerational & youth programming$10,000

Grant Deadlines

Foundation Highlights

25th Anniversary Celebration & Impact Grant Presentation
At the 25th Anniversary Luncheon CFPD presented Portage Assisted Living with a $250,000 Impact Grant