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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.

PHF also 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.

PHF 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 FAQ page.

Letter of Inquiry

PHF strongly encourages all interested applicants to submit a 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 Letter 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.

Targeted Requests for Proposal (RFP)

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.

As part of the Portage Health Foundation’s (PHF) “Stop the Roar of Hunger” food initiative, PHF is releasing its second round of funding in support of food initiatives in the four-county community (Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon).
View the RFP.


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.

Grant Reporting

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 grant reports while others may need to submit only a follow-up report. Specific reporting instructions may be found on the individual applications.

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!






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