Information for Grantseekers
Formerly known as unrestricted or discretionary, this permanent fund seeks to preserve the quality of life in Calumet, Outagamie, Shawano and Waupaca counties and the Neenah-Menasha area of Winnebago county. Our Bright Idea Fund combines dollars from generous donors who believe in giving in ways that address ever-changing community needs together. The fund awards three kinds of grants (Discovery, Spark and Bright Idea Forum) in five focus areas, each with specific priorities. See past grant recipients. About 5% of all grants awarded from within the Community Foundation each year come from the Bright Idea Fund.
The Bright Idea Fund:
We review ideas based on these focus areas and priorities.
Purpose: To enhance appreciation of and participation in visual, musical, performing and literary arts, history and other cultural experiences.
Purpose: Reduce the number of people in our community who are living in poverty by using innovative or collaborative approaches to address root causes.
Purpose: Build strong communities by supporting government, business, philanthropic and/or nonprofit sectors, along with residents, to improve the places in which they live, work and play.
Purpose: Support creative, economically feasible solutions to environmental challenges that benefit broad segments of the population to improve quality of life for current and future generations. Smaller environmental grants are available through the Environmental Stewardship Fund.
Purpose: Strengthen the internal functioning of nonprofit organizations so that they can effectively serve our community.
If you answered NO to any of these questions,
Explore other funds at the Community Foundation
or from other community funders.
If you answered YES to all of these questions above, consider which option best fits for your idea.
Questions? Visit our Bright Idea Fund FAQ page.
Want to see what has been funded? See our list of grants awarded from the Bright Idea Fund.