Grant Funding Opportunities for Local Non-Profits

Portage Foundation hosts Grant Writing Workshop as grant application period opens

Local non-profit organizations can access program grant funding as the Portage Foundation opens its annual grant cycle. The foundation will kick off the application period by hosting a free Grant Writing Workshop open to all community members.

The annual grant application period, which starts June 1 and extends through the end of August, welcomes submissions from area non-profits with an emphasis on programs supporting Portage County residents. The foundation awards grants that target eight priority funding areas: Animal Welfare, Arts and Culture, Children’s Programs, Education, Environment, Economic Development, Health, Human Services.   

“This is a wonderful opportunity for non-profits of all sizes to access funding for programs that impact our community,” said Scott Taylor, Executive Director at the Portage Foundation. “With the addition of the Grant Writing Workshop, we hope to take away the intimidation factor of the grant application process and encourage more organizations to apply.”

The Grant Writing Workshop will be held on June 10 at the Aurora Memorial Library, 115 E Pioneer Trail, starting at 9:30 am, and is free with registration. It is designed for first-time grant writers, members of small and volunteer-run non-profits, or anyone who wants to explore the grant writing process. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the Portage Foundation grant cycles, funding priority areas, and brainstorm application ideas. The link to register for the event is available on the foundation’s website.

The online grant application will be available from June 1 through August 31, with funds disbursed at the end of October. Visit the Portage Foundation website,, to access the application, review the priority funding areas, and learn more about eligibility and program requirements.