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We are now accepting grant applications for the fall granting period.  Submit the following Application Form. Instructions are included on the form. Deadline for application is September 30, 2020.


$40,000 in Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) grants awarded to charitable and non-profit organizations serving citizens in the Lac du Bonnet area.

Photo: Linda Reid representing the Food Bank, Keegan Sveinson representing the Youth Centre, and Bianca Pengelly representing the Canadian Liver Foundation.

 On May 19, 2020, the Government of Canada introduced the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) to provide additional and much needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations affected by the Pandemic. The program was administered by the United Way, Canadian Red Cross and Community Foundations of Canada, of which the Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation is a partner.

The Lac du Bonnet Foundation is pleased to announce that, through the ECSF program, $40,000 in grants was recently awarded to five different charities that serve the needs of those living in Lac du Bonnet and the surrounding area.

The LDB Foundation awarded HEROS Alliance: Helping Everyone Reach Out to Support $20,000 to help address the increased need for mental health support in our community. Formally known as the Family Committee, the group focuses on developing resources and services to support people in the region in the areas of community well-being, food security, and human health and well-being.

“With increase pressures of lost wages, unemployment, lack of access to resources, lack of social contact and trusted support groups, people are in greater need of support to maintain and develop the health they need,” says HEROS Alliance Co-chair, Leslie Wakeman.

“With the help of the ECSF grant, our mental health project will expand to include group support this fall while continuing individual counselling, referral to crisis services, and on-going support through check-ins and referrals after counselling is complete.”

The Lac du Bonnet Food Bank was awarded $9000 to improve safety and capacity as the demand for food bank services has increased due to the economic impacts of Covid-19.

“Our current location needs to be upgraded to expand our capacity, allow for social distancing and ensure adequate cleaning procedures to meet provincial guidelines,” says Denis Godin, Facility Coordinator . “Our goal is to safely expand our capacity by 25% which should allow us to meet the expected demands on the food bank.”

The Lac du Bonnet Youth Recreation Centre was awarded $9400 to upgrade their facilities, staffing and procedures to meet Covid-19 regulations to better allow them to serve children in our community.

According to Denis Godin who is the Chairperson of the Youth Centre Board, “Covid-19 has upended our standard programming and shut down the majority of our previous activities. The highest priority is to hire another staff member to allow us to open programming to more youth. By encouraging time sharing inside activities and offering outdoor supervised activities, we can safely increase user capacity to 20-25 per evening.”

A grant of $1000 was provided to the Canadian Liver Foundation and one for $600 was awarded to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).  In both cases, these organizations serve vulnerable members of our community whose special circumstances have isolated them from accessing regular services during the Pandemic.  Increased on-line support, phone calls, and virtual counseling and programming sessions are ways that these organizations have adapted their services to support those in need.

The Lac du Bonnet Foundation is proud to have had the opportunity to administer the ESCF program in our community and to provide funding that helps support vulnerable citizens during this unprecedented time.


Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the Lac du Bonnet Foundation’s Annual Public Meeting has been cancelled for this year. The Foundation’s 2019 Annual Report can be accessed here or under the Reports menu.


The Lac du Bonnet Foundation is activating the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) alongside communities coast to coast to coast 

Launched on May 19, 2020, the Government of Canada’s new Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations affected by the Pandemic. The Government of Canada is flowing funds through national networks, including Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

We are proud to be working with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally in the Lac du Bonnet area to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy.

How to Apply: Organizations can apply starting on May 19, 2020. Learn more about the program and find out if your organization is eligible to apply by going to the CFC website at https://www.communityfoundations.ca/initiatives/emergency-community-support-fund/

We will accept applications in both official languages. Applicants can apply in the
language of their choice. Please contact covid19@communityfoundations.ca
if you require a French application or French-language support with your application.

Nous acceptons les demandes dans les deux langues officielles. Les demandeurs peuvent recevoir un soutien et déposer une demande dans la langue de leur choix. SVP contacter covid19@communityfoundations.ca pour plus d’informations.


*****Note: Due to the uncertain times of COVID-19 the donors of the Chuck Reynolds Memorial Scholarship and the Winnipeg River Bursary have elected to defer awarding for 2020.  Graduate students from the class of 2020 are encouraged to apply in spring of 2021.*****

Students enrolled in continuing education where the field of study will have possible relevance or benefit to the Lac du Bonnet Region are eligible.   Each year, bursaries of up to one thousand dollars ($1000) will be provided to a deserving student based on relevance, need, and the availability of funds.  Submit the Winnipeg River Bursary Application Form  via e-mail to info@lacdubonnetfoundation.ca. Deadline for application is May 31.

Download criteria and requirements for applying for the Chuck Reynolds Memorial Scholarship here: Chuck Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Application Form

Submit the Chuck Reynolds Memorial Scholarship application form via email to info@lacdubonnetfoundation.ca


Despite the current challenges of COVID-19, the Lac du Bonnet Foundation and its youth arm, the LDBSS Youth in Philanthropy committee (YIP), continue to work behind the scenes to support our community.

This past week, the two groups were pleased to award $2300.00 through matching grants of $1150.00 each to the Lac du Bonnet Library to help upgrade their computer networking equipment. Besides their office computers, the Library provides multiple public work stations for access to the Internet as well as printing capabilities for patrons and visitors.

Head librarian, Vicki Short, noted that in recent years, the library has experienced many stoppages for internet access and extremely slow download and upload speeds. It has been frustrating for staff and patrons alike. The upgrades to the Library’s internet hardware system will bring its capabilities up to today’s standards, enabling more consistent service and ensuring quality service in the future

The Lac du Bonnet Foundation and YIP committee members are proud to support the Library as it makes these much needed upgrades. The LDB Foundation would like to thank this year’s YIP committee and their teacher leader, Tabitha Shiplack-McMurchy, for a most successful year. Awarding the grant to the LDB Library was the last official business of this year’s group of young leaders, as most are graduating from LDBSS in June.  The Foundation looks forward to continuing to work in partnership with the High School and a new group of students on Youth in Philanthropy initiatives in the fall.


We are now accepting grant applications for the spring granting period.  Submit the following Application Form. Instructions are included on the form. Deadline for application is March 31, 2020.


The Lac du Bonnet Foundation is pleased to announce that $17,775 was raised during this year’s Day of Giving Challenge, which took place on November 16, 2019.  We would like to thank everyone who generously donated to this year’s campaign.  Your generosity and support is greatly appreciated and will benefit our community now and for generations to come.

Lac du Bonnet Senior School YIP Committee makes a donation at the LDB Foundation Booth at the Christmas Craft Sale on November 16.


This year the LdB Foundation was excited to be one of 150 Foundations Canada-wide chosen to partner with the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge to administer a grant of up to $15,000 to youth-lead projects that responded to an urgent need in our community.

We are pleased to announce that two local projects were chosen to receive this grant.  The Lac du Bonnet Youth Centre received $5750 for their Building Computers project and a group from Lac du Bonnet Senior School received $9250 for their Medicine Wheel Garden project.  A granting ceremony took place at the St. John’s Anglican Church Hall on Thursday November 28.



The Lac du Bonnet Foundation was pleased to award a $5000 grant to the Lac du Bonnet Arena on November 5 towards the replacement of the dressing room and skate area matting during the Fall Granting process. The LDBSS YIP Committee provided the Arena with an additional $3500 grant to help fund this project.


On October 3, 2019, the Lac du Bonnet Foundation hosted a Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) Workshop at the Lac du Bonnet Senior School.  The workshop was facilitated by Brigette DePape (Youth Coordinator, Winnipeg Foundation) and Courtney Feldman (Engagement Specialist, Endow Manitoba) with the goal of helping students create a greater sense of purpose, understanding, focus, and possibilities of how YIP could work more effectively in our schools and communities.  The workshop was attended by 25 people including representatives from the Lac du Bonnet, Pinawa, and Brokenhead Community Foundations and the Lac du Bonnet and Pinawa Senior School YIP Committees.

Brigette DePape and Courtney Feldman with members of the Lac du Bonnet Senior School YIP Committee and teacher rep, Tabitha Shiplack.


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