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 grants through application and review processes (including Discovery, Spark and Bright Idea Forum) that align with our five focus areas, each with specific priorities. See our current fiscal year 2019-2020 grant recipients. About 5% of all grants awarded from within the Community Foundation each year come from 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 that benefit broad segments of the population to improve the well-being of current and future generations.
Priority 1: Access and Inclusion — Provide opportunities and remove barriers so all people can experience nature and learn the importance of a healthy environment.
Priority 2: Community Education & Awareness — Improve environmental education and increase public awareness about environmental topics affecting our communities, homes and places of business.
Priority 3: Well-Being — Preserve, protect and enhance the region’s natural resources in ways that will improve the well-being of current and future residents.
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 the Bright Idea Fund is doing? Check out our current and past grant results: