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Grants Making a Difference

Seniors cycling without regard to age

Posted on Sep 18, 2017, by

Seniors in the Fox Valley are taking to the area’s recreation trails in rapidly growing numbers, and they aren’t even breaking a sweat. They are passengers in bicycle-powered rickshaws being purchased for nursing facilities and nonprofits that work with the elderly or people with disabilities. Fox Cities locations now have at least 20 rickshaws in […]

Harbor House meeting need for more beds

Posted on Sep 11, 2017, by

Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs broke ground Wednesday on an expansion that will get the mattresses off of the floors by more than doubling the number of sleeping rooms and adding exam and work spaces. The shelter at 720 W. Fifth St. in Appleton kicked off the public phase of its Building Hope Campaign. Harbor […]

Neenah elementary schools offer mental health help

Posted on Sep 6, 2017, by

From the Neenah Joint School District   Elementary school students in the Neenah Joint School District will benefit from a school-based mental health program with a $300,000 grant through the Basic Needs Giving Partnership of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. Neenah students in kindergarten through fifth grade will have access to mental […]

Grants help old maps go digital

Posted on Aug 23, 2017, by

There’s a certain historic charm to the one-room schoolhouse of your parent’s or grandparent’s stories. One of a series of old, cloth maps digitally reproduced recently by the Calumet County Historical Society can show you just where the county’s one-room schools were located. Maybe you’d like to track 19th century grain prices or check the boundaries […]

Neighborhood Partners nears big prize

Posted on Aug 15, 2017, by

A Community Foundation grant helped to get Neighborhood Partners established in 2013, and additional grants have sustained it through the years. So, with that history, we are highly interested in a competition that could win the nonprofit neighborhood-building group one of two $50,000 Encore prizes for ideas that engage older people in helping young people […]

Legacy grants keep youth on the go

Posted on Jul 31, 2017, by

The Neenah youth drop-in center YouthGo has done what a lot of families do when they run out of household storage space – they’ve taken over the garage. In YouthGo’s case, first they had to build the garage. They accomplished that with help from the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Leadership Fox Cities […]

Literacy Council adds capacity to help

Posted on Jul 26, 2017, by

The Fox Valley Literacy Council came looking for a Capacity Building grant from the Community Foundation to improve its communications and recruiting of new students. It worked. It worked so well that now they have a bit of a space crunch. A $50,000, two-year Capacity Building grant from unrestricted funds allowed the literacy tutoring group […]

Bright Idea is new path to grants

Posted on Jun 29, 2017, by

We’re excited to roll out new changes to our discretionary grant program, which in the past awarded grant dollars from our unrestricted funds through more traditional application processes. We’re still using grant dollars to meet ever-changing community needs, but the grant program itself has been refreshed. Announcing … the Bright Idea Fund!  Our staff has […]