Press Release - November 19, 2020

Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation Fall Grant Results

The Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation Board is pleased to announce the recipients of their Fall Granting session.

Historical Society members Terry Tottle (Pres), Janice Halliday and Gay kirby

The Lac du Bonnet & District Historical Society received a grant of $8,820 to do a full upgrade to the electrical system at the St. John’s Heritage Church.

Besides bringing the electrical system up to current codes and safety standards, the grant will help make improvements to the building’s heating system which will help keep the water pipes from freezing in the winter and significantly reduce heating costs. Upgrades will also allow for energy efficient appliances to be purchased. Volunteers and renters will benefit from a safe, efficient and fully functional kitchen.

Arena Manager Jeff Seifried

The LDB Foundation awarded a second grant of $1000 to the Lac du Bonnet Arena to purchase a safety cage to enclose extra propane tanks at the Arena.  The grant will help improve the system that the Arena currently uses to maintain the propane supply for their ice re-surfacer and ensure the safety of staff and visitors in the vicinity.

This year alone, the LDB Foundation has helped award over $66,970 to organizations in our community.  $16,970 was awarded through the Foundation’s spring and fall granting sessions, $10,000 through a partnership with the Province of Manitoba’s 150 Building fund, and $40,000 through a partnership with the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund.

The Foundation encourages local organizations to apply for grants twice annually to fund projects that support, enhance and help grow our community. Please access the Foundation website at for more information. The next funding deadline is March 31, 2021.

The Lac du Bonnet Youth Centre recently completed their Computer Building Project made possible by the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge in partnership with the LDB Foundation.

The Youth Centre was awarded $5,750 in the spring 2019 for the project which involved replacing aging computers at the centre with new computers constructed entirely by youth participants.  In the process, participants picked up valuable skills as they learned how to construct a computer from scratch.

According to Youth Coordinator, “Interest (for computer building) has been sustained beyond the RBC project’s completion. We have had enough interest to now keep a stocked shelf of components. Kids without access to home computers have been using donated scrap computers to build their own systems. We have already pieced together and given away four units. Every week we have a youth asking to build a computer.”

The LDB Foundation was proud to be part of the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge which provided $15,000 in grant money to youth led projects in our community.  Besides the Youth Centre, the Lac du Bonnet Senior School was awarded $9,250 for their Medicine Wheel Project, which was delayed due to Covid 19, but is on track to be completed in 2021.