One goal of the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin is to build stronger, healthier, more vibrant communities across the region. We utilize several strategies to make this goal a reality, including effective grant making.

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin supports organizations and programs that serve the public good through our grant making process. Furthermore, the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation may proactively take the lead in identifying needs and opportunities in communities and seek out nonprofit organizations to address those needs with financial support from the Foundation.

We fund the following entities:
  • Non-profit agencies, organizations or governmental entities that are state and federal tax exempt
  • Established citizen committees, groups or individuals wishing to complete a community program / project for the benefit of the general public of Portage and Waushara Counties.
  • Operational / general support grants (non-routine)
The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin does NOT generally fund:
  • Annual fund drives, capital campaigns, or general solicitation requests
  • Establishment of, or contribution to, endowment funds
  • Requests for emergency funding or other financial shortfalls
  • Debt retirement
  • Lobbying / political
  • Individuals
In summary, each grant request will be evaluated based on the following:
  • Relevancy to the Mission Statement of the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin
  • Potential benefit to the citizens of Portage and Waushara Counties
  • Identification of a clear need
  • Capacity of the organization or individual to carry out the Grant Request
  • Demonstrated collaboration within Portage and Waushara Counties
  • Demonstrated need for resources from the Community Foundation vs. other available resources

In reviewing applications, the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin will operate without discrimination as to age, race, sex, religion, or national origin and will award grants only to agencies, organizations and individuals that do not discriminate as to age, race, sex, religion or national origin.

Grants are awarded only once per year. During this granting process, grant applications will also be submitted to Donor Advised Fund Sponsors and other unrestricted fund sponsors for their review and consideration.

QUESTIONS?  Please review the Community Foundation’s  FAQ’s – Online Grant Applications

For any other questions about the Grants Program may be directed to Marlee Bokhoven, Grants & Scholarship Coordinator of the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin.

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