The Dauphin & District Community Foundation is a community foundation. It is a vehicle through which people can give something back to their community. All these individual gifts are held as a permanent endowment fund. The income earned by the fund is used to make grants to local registered charities working to improve the quality of life in Dauphin and District.

New trees growing at DRCSS

We are pleased to be a supporter of new growth at the DRCSS outdoor field. Part of our granting this year went towards the purchase of some new trees to provide much needed share and greenery at the DRCSS. 

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2016 Annual Report

2016 was an exciting year for the Dauphin & District Community Foundation as it reached and surpassed its endowment goal of $2,500,000. We received a variety of donations, including a vacant city lot from a very generous contributor. With the help of Colette Carefoot and her team at Remax the DDCF added $15,800 to our investment total with the sale.  

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2017 Gary Brandon Memorial

We are honored to have the Gary Brandon Memorial Scholarship Fund as a part of the Dauphin and District Community Foundation. This scholarship carries on the legacy of Gary Brandon. 

Each year they host a tournament at the Dauphin Lake Golf Club. 

This year they were happy to present the Community Foundation with a cheque for $2000 to continue building the scholarship fund. 

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Dauphin and District Community Foundation announces community grant recipients for 2017

The Dauphin & District Community Foundation (DDCF) is distributing $41,129 to sixteen different organizations in 2017. The organizations supported represent a wide variety of community groups, from social service agencies to sport organizations and arts and cultural groups.

Dauphin and District Community Foundation Grant Committee Chair Richard Bankert stated “it’s always difficult to evaluate the various grant applications because most represent a distinct need within our community.” Bankert added “the Foundation does a thorough job of contacting each applicant prior to making funding decisions and evaluates each application against a set of established criteria prior to making the final decisions”.

“This year” says Bankert “we had several new organizations apply with very unique projects. The applications were very well done, and the grants committee felt strongly that supporting these new groups was a direction the board wanted to go in”.  The Dauphin & District Community Foundation also received and supported several applications from past recipients, and also awarded the third $10,000 installment of a three-year commitment to the Watson Art Centre Big Ask project.  

Of the total $41,129 distributed, $5,113 was earmarked funding through various Field of Interest Funds the DDCF manages. Field of Interest funds can only be distributed towards applications which meet the specific criteria of the particular fund.

The applications approved include:


Dauphin and District Allied Arts Council – Watson Arts Centre (kitchen project) $10,000.00

Dauphin Public Library (shelving units) $5,000.00

Dauphin and District Food Bank Society (computer and freezer) $2,000.00

Alzheimer Society (laptop) $750.00

Dauphin Minor Ball Association (dugout shelters) $3,000.00

Crocus Quilters Guild (sewing machines) $3,000.00

The Cross of Freedom – Trembowla (eavestroughing) $500.00

DRCSS Parent Group (mature tree planting project) $1,956.00

Mini-Franglais Nursery School (craft and office supplies) $1,000.00

Dauphin Breakfast Club (goalie equipment) $723.00

Palliative Care Committee (renovations/beds) $5,000.00

CMHA/Echo Apartments (program equipment and supplies) $1,300.00

Dauphin Mini-Rugby Association (junior program supplies and equipment) $1,200.00

Dauphin Ochre Band Parents (concert music) $700.00

Dauphin Cycling Club (safety equipment and trail materials) $2,000.00
Parkland Gators Swim Club (starting blocks) $3,000.00

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Another round of applications being accepted for Canada's 150th grants

We have additional granting opportunities available through the Canada's 150th grants to further celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. This fund is intended to bring Canadians together to build community and activate a groundswell of local initiatives, activities, and events leading up to and during Canada’s sesquicentennial.

The fund will be distributed through small grants and community foundations across Canada through "locally-led projects that build community, inspire a deeper understanding of Canada, and encourage participation in a wide range of initiatives that mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation". 

For more information visit Community Foundations of Canada or call our office. 

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Looking for a 2016 tax receipt?

If you are looking for a 2016 income tax receipt you can get one at and the money will come to us when we are notified by the Winnipeg Foundation.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year, also a big thank you to everyone as we continue to build into our community!

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Philanthropist of the year 2016

The Dauphin & District Community Foundation would like to honour a family that has a legacy of giving back to our community. This legacy goes right back to the beginning of the Foundation as Terry & Hazel Yates were part of the founding members. Not only one of the founding members, Hazel also spent 6 years on the board of directors for the Foundation as the chair of Public Relations and Asset Development. 

Our donors give to the Community Foundation for different reasons, to fill a need, respond to a challenge and sometimes to allow the memory of a loved to live on, which is exactly what Hazel and the family did when Terry passed away in 2002. The desire to continue to impact lives in Dauphin lead to the start of the Terry Yates Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund grew quickly with donations from family, friends and business associates. Today this fund has continued to grow to a market value of over $77,000 and has granted out just under $25,000 to 3 different scholarships. These scholarships are for DRCSS students who want to further their education in the areas of business, sports, and the arts. In 2011 a need was once again recognized by the family in the construction industry which lead to the McMunn & Yates Building Construction Scholarship being established. Today this fund is valued at well over $11,000 and has granted out just under $2,000 to assist students attending the ACC building construction course.    

Thank you Hazel and Family for not only your ongoing support for the Dauphin and District Community Foundation, but for your investment into the youth of our community. 

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