Waupaca Area Community Foundation grants, awarded from unrestricted funds, support specific projects or new programs for which a moderate amount of grant money can make a significant impact on an area of need. Grants are made for a broad range of purposes to a wide variety of charitable organizations in the focus areas of arts and culture, community development, education, environment, health and human services.
Organizations eligible to receive grants from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region are those determined by the IRS to be public charities. This encompasses most charitable, scientific, social service, educational and religious organizations described in § 501(c)(3) of the tax code, as well as government agencies. Organizations that are not public charities may apply through a fiscal sponsor.
To be eligible to receive grants from the Community Foundation, organizations must have been determined by the IRS to be public charities. This encompasses most charitable, scientific, social service, educational and religious organizations described in § 501(c)(3) of the tax code, as well as government agencies. Organizations that are not public charities may apply through a fiscal sponsor. All Community Foundation competitive grant programs using discretionary funds are subject to these guidelines:
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Nondiscrimination || Faith-based funding || Controversial grants
Requests for interim, progress or final reports || Redirected or declined applications
Large capital investments || Fundraising activities || Previously incurred expenses
Multiple requests from a single organization
The strongest proposals will be those that meet all or most of the following criteria.
Strength of project design
- Project is innovative.
- Project is focused, well defined and likely to be implemented successfully.
- Project identifies clear outcomes, work plans and measures of success.
- Those people directly or indirectly affected by the project are appropriately involved.
- Evaluation of program is clearly incorporated into program design.
- Project demonstrates the ability to leverage other resources (i.e., other funds, volunteer labor, in-kind contributions or community partnerships).
- Project doesn’t duplicate existing services.
Relationship to agency mission and organizational capacity
- Project is consistent with the organization’s mission.
- The organization and its staff have the capacity to implement the project.
- Project enhances or expands quantity/quality of organization’s programs or services.
Potential impact on community
- Project addresses a community need.
- Project or program is likely to be sustained after grant.
- Project has strong possibility for replication.
- Project promotes prevention and addresses systemic, societal problems.
- Organization’s financial condition is stable.
- Project budget is realistic, relates to the project narrative and costs are reasonable.
- Other funding sources have been sought.
Grants support innovative new programs and projects with clear goals and financial accountability. Examples are projects that promote prevention, increase volunteer involvement, strengthen the family, provide education or address needs regionally. Grants will only support the same program or project for a maximum of three years.
- Creative new activities or services: new programs, one-time projects, events, exhibits, studies or surveys.
- Enhancement or strengthening of existing activities: projects to enhance, expand or strengthen the range, quantity and/or quality of an organization’s programs and services.
- Small capital investments: items that are directly related to program delivery or service to clients, such as a refrigerator for a food pantry or equipment to comply with ADA requirements.
- Recurring events: exhibits, presentations, performances or non-fundraising events that occur on a periodic basis.
Grants typically will not fund the following:
- General operating expenses not related to the proposed project.
- Organizations that don't serve residents in the greater Waupaca Area.
- Organizations or needs not eligible per the grant policies listed above.
Waupaca Area Community Foundation
Works to preserve and improve the quality of life for the people of the greater Waupaca area.
Range of grantmaking: Up to $7,500 per application, with a max of $15,000 per organization.
Grant application deadline: 4:00 p.m. June 15
Grant decision: Mid-August (Grant will not cover expenses incurred before decision date.)
Contact: Heidi Dusek, (920) 830-1290 ext 25
Download Common Grant Application (MS Word)