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
- $500 - $3,000
- $3,000 - $10,000
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
Priorities for the 2017 LWF Grants Program:
Each year LWF identifies focus areas for the Lake Winnipeg Grants Program that support current priorities of the LWHP. While proposals from any action of the LWHP will be accepted, those that reflect these focus areas will be given higher priority in the review process.
For 2017 the LWF Grants Program will work to achieve specific goals within three actions:
- Action 3 (Setting the standard for wastewater treatment): LWF will provide small-scale grants to support matching funds for costs associated with treatment plant or lagoon upgrades.
- Action 4 (Monitoring our waterways): LWF is seeking proposals from education-based groups that can provide leadership to the educational-based monitoring efforts in the province. While we encourage all levels of water stewardship in students, we are particularly seeking to fund groups with the capacity to develop and co-ordinate a cohesive educational water monitoring program for within province.
- Action 6 (Promoting agricultural water stewardship): LWF is interested in funding projects in areas that address the problem of phosphorus reduction to Lake Winnipeg and its watershed through specific best management practices (BMPs). The proponent must include a plan for peer-to-peer education on the successes or challenges of the project.
More detailed descriptions are included in the grant applications (links below).
Downloadable application forms and reporting forms
Please note that we will only fund one application per organization per calendar year. All applications for the 2017 call for proposals are due at 5 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2017.
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.
Past Grant Recipients
For a list of past grant recipients click here.