The Portage Health Foundation's (PHF) mission is to support
the charitable health needs of the community through
enhanced philanthropy and community collaboration. In order
to uphold this mission, PHF utilizes its
Five Pillars of Emphasis
- Health Education, Health Research, Community Health,
Healthcare Leaders, and Access to Care - to define and
establish giving priorities and identify grant project
criteria that ensure the four-county community's success.
Grants vs. Sponsorships
PHF views grants as financial awards that assist
organizations in the implementation or support of new or
existing programs, projects, or services. Grant applicants
design projects with measurable goals and outcomes, which
serve a health need in the community.
supports area organizations and groups through sponsorships.
PHF views sponsorships as promotional opportunities and
partnerships that support one-time or short-duration
community events focused on a health need. For more
information regarding sponsorships, please visit our
Sponsorship Request page.
Applying for a Grant
PHF has an open granting cycle, which means that PHF staff
and the Grants Management Committee (GMC) review grant
applications on an ongoing basis and consider all proposals
based on resources available at the time of the request.
utilizes two grant applications: one for
grants under $5,000 and one for
grants over $5,000. All requests for funding must
utilize one of these forms. For more information regarding
completing a grant application, please visit our
Letter of Inquiry
PHF strongly encourages all interested applicants to submit
Letter of Inquiry (LOI) prior to submitting a grant
application. While not required in order to apply, an LOI
encourages understanding, collaboration, and project
development between PHF and potential grant applicants.
Please approach the LOI as an abbreviated grant proposal
that PHF can review to determine if a project matches our
funding interests and is suitable for formal grant
consideration. PHF will follow-up with all organizations
regarding their inquiry within two weeks of submission.
Grant Proposal Assistance
PHF welcomes conversations with potential grant applicants.
If you have an idea or project you are interested in
obtaining funding for, are looking for ways to collaborate
with us, or are in need of assistance with your grant
application, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are
always happy to guide you through the application process
and offer feedback. Please consider submitting a
of Inquiry and reviewing our
Grant Proposal Evaluation Form so you can better
understand what we consider when assessing grant proposals.
Additionally, PHF may make applicant introductions to other
organizations that could be of assistance to you and/or your
project. Please note that utilizing PHF consultation does
not guarantee funding.
Additional Granting Opportunities
Periodically, PHF releases Request for Proposals (RFPs) that
have a specific health focus. Please check our website for
RFP opportunities that may be relevant to your organization.
PHF serves the counties of Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and
Ontonagon. Therefore, all organizations - charitable
non-profits with 501(c)(3) IRS determination,
municipalities, and educational institutions - seeking funding
must be based within one of these counties. PHF is unable to
provide funding to individuals or for family fundraisers.
All grantees, following a customized reporting schedule,
must track and report to PHF on their project goals and
desired outcomes. The type of reporting required depends on
the size of the grant, which means some organizations may
need to submit multiple
while others may need to submit only a
follow-up report. Specific reporting instructions may be found on the
Amending a Grant Award
PHF recognizes that grantees may need to make changes to
their grant such as a budget or timeline amendment. In these
cases, grantees are required to submit a
Grant Amendment Request form.
Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding
any portion of the grant process. We look forward to
receiving your questions and applications in order to work
with you to help make our communities healthier and more
vibrant places to live!