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The Lake Winnipeg Foundation supports projects working to improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. Our Grants Program awards grants ranging from $500 to $10,000, and covering up to 100% of eligible project costs, depending upon fund availability. 

The LWF Grants Program is used to:

  • Contribute to realizing the outcomes of the Lake Winnipeg Health Plan (LWHP)
  • Increase collaboration and align collective efforts within the Lake Winnipeg watershed
  • Support grassroots initiatives that raise awareness and engage citizens, students and local governments on innovative projects
  • Provide seed or matching funds for projects that will leverage partnership contributions from industry, post-secondary institutions or non-government organizations.
  • Identify and better understand new and emerging issues for Lake Winnipeg and its watershed
  • Educate Manitobans on the challenges and opportunities facing this important ecosystem.


Project Categories, Funding Priorities & Eligibility


Project Categories:

  • $500 - $3,000
  • $3,000 - $10,000

Funding Priorities:

LWF prioritizes projects that address one or more of the Lake Winnipeg Health Plan’s eight actions to reduce nutrient loading:

1. Keeping Water on the Land
2. Conserving the Boreal Forest
3. Setting the Standard for Wastewater Treatment
4. Monitoring our Waterways
5. Managing our Shorelines
6. Promoting Agricultural Water Stewardship
7. Investing in a Clean Water Economy
8. Taking Responsibility

Eligibility for the LWF Grants Program:

LWF grants are open to the following groups:

  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Charitable foundations
  • Educational institutions
  • Environmental/community groups
  • Businesses or farms
  • Local governments
  • First Nations

Downloadable application forms and reporting forms are available below. Please note that we will only fund one application per organization per calendar year. All applications for the 2016 call for proposals are due at 5 p.m. on Dec. 16, 2016.

Download LWF Grant Application 2016 - $500 to $3,000.docx (42.94 KB)

Download LWF Grant Application 2016 - $3,000 to $10,000.docx (43.38 KB)

Please note, if you are applying for a $3,000 - $10,000 grant, you must also fill out a project logframe (form below) and submit it with your application.

Download LWF Grant Project Logframe 2016_0.xls (36 KB)

Priorities for the 2016 call for proposals:

The LWF grants committee will place a higher priority on projects that support the following strategic programs of LWF:

  • Action 4 (Monitoring our Waterways): Supporting projects that integrate with Manitoba’s community-based monitoring (CBM) network by adopting LWF phosphorus monitoring protocols or addressing the CBM network infrastructure needs.
  • Action 5 (Managing our Shorelines): Supporting collaborative community projects that protect or remediate shoreline habitat, including shoreline marsh restoration.
  • Action 8 (Taking Responsibility): Supporting community projects that foster grassroots action, or enable education with students or the public.


Past Grant Recipients

For a list of past grant recipients click here.

LWF publishes a newsletter, The Watershed Observer, twice a year. Our most recent edition includes an update on our community-based monitoring efforts, a profile on LWF member and volunteer extraordinaire Paul Trevenen, plus information about proposed changes to provincial legislation that could affect Manitoba water quality and how you can get involved.