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Jen Osborn


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2020 Census Mini Grant

Apply for a 2020 Census-Related Mini Grant

Now through June 12, 2020, the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region will accept applications in our online grant portal for Census Mini-Grants. These small grants will support the outreach efforts of local nonprofits, government entities, schools, and tribes in Outagamie, Calumet, Shawano, Waupaca, and the Neenah-Menasha area of Winnebago counties by awarding Census Mini-Grants. Priority will be granted to efforts which promise to reach historically undercounted populations (see definition below.)


Why is the Community Foundation supporting nonprofits to partner on the Census?

The decennial census is important because it provides critical data that determines where to build new schools, hospitals, and businesses; how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed; and how congressional seats are apportioned. It is estimated Wisconsin could lose roughly $1,600 per person per year in federal support for programs such as Medicaid, Pell Grants, School Breakfast, Head Start, and SNAP if people are undercounted.

What is a Census Mini-grant?

Charitable organizations can apply for grants of up to $1,000 to help ensure a complete and accurate count of all people in the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region’s geographic service area. Grant-eligible costs include marketing (digital or print), engagement events, and technology (ipad/tablet, no desktop computers). Staff/salary costs will only be considered if additional contracted or hourly staff time is required to achieve the Census outreach strategy.

How do you define Fox Valley Region?

The Community Foundation’s geographic service region covers 4.5 counties: Calumet, Outagamie, Shawano and Waupaca counties and the Neenah-Menasha area of Winnebago.

What are historically undercounted populations?

Historically undercounted populations are those which have traditionally been undercounted in previous Census surveys such as:

  • Young children
  • Highly mobile people
  • Racial and ethnic minorities
  • Non-English speakers
  • People of low income
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • People who do not live in traditional housing
  • Undocumented immigrants
  • People who distrust the government
  • People who identify as LGBTQ
  • People with mental or physical disabilities
  • People who live in remote or rural areas

Because this is the first time the US Census has been conducted online people without home broadband access and people with low comfort or ability using the internet are also projected to be undercounted.

Is the application complicated?

No. It is a simple 5 question application that requires no budget form.

Where do I find the application?

If you already have an account in our online grant portal, simply log in and start your application. If you do not yet have a grant portal account, register here. Once in the portal, under the heading “GRANT APPLICANT” select “AVAILABLE GRANTS” and look for the “2020 Census Mini-Grant” application.

What is the deadline and when do I get a decision?

The 2020 census is right around the corner (Census Day is April 1 and the survey is expected to wrap up by May) so the sooner you apply the better. Applications will be accepted on a rolling first-come first-serve basis until June 12. The Community Foundation staff’s goal is to evaluate applications quickly and provide decisions within 1 week of applying.  

Where can I find more Census information and resources?

The Appleton Public Library has complied a list of Census resources specifically for nonprofits here on their website.

The US Census Bureau has a partner page with tons of great information including this outreach page where you can filter by language, type, and audience to find print/share-ready graphics to use for free.

Follow and share information on the Outagamie County Complete Count Committee’s Facebook page.  

If my organization receives a grant, will we have to complete a report?

Reporting requirements for the Mini-Grant program are simple: All we ask is that you A) send a photo of the event/outreach activity you engage in along with an estimate of the number of people impacted by the project to Carolyn Desrosiers; and B) share a post on your group’s social media within one week of the use of the mini-grant and tag Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and use the hashtag #MarchForthandBeCounted.

More questions?

Contact Vice President of Community Engagement Tammy Geenen at [email protected]

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