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Community Engagement Manager
Jenny Krikava


[email protected]

Basic Needs Giving Partnership

Working to reduce the root causes of poverty.

Families of Funds



The Basic Needs Giving Partnership’s purpose is to address the systemic, root causes of economic inequality by supporting and partnering with leaders, organizations, and regional networks who work to advance shared economic prosperity across NE Wisconsin. To this end, the BNGP creatively deploys the collective assets of the Partnership, including its learning and its voice.

Fiscal Year 2021-22 Grantmaking Update:

The Basic Needs Giving Partnership (BNGP) is wrapping up grantmaking for the 2020-2021 fiscal year on June 30. Over the past year, BNGP has implemented responsive grantmaking and invested over $3 million in new grants into the community.

Although the rolling application deadline and timely turnaround will continue, we will take a pause this summer to review and evaluate our framework and make improvements as needed to strengthen the grantmaking process. This means we will not be considering grants until September 1. If you have a funding inquiry, please click here to schedule a virtual appointment. Appointments are available starting in late July.  If you have a more urgent funding need, please reach out directly via e-mail or phone. 

Impact Areas

Consideration will be given to program proposals that address the outlined impact areas:

Economic Stability: One component of achieving self-sufficiency is access to specialized education and/or training in an environment that provides pathways to employment opportunities, the ability to earn a living wage, and the capacity to create and build assets.

Education: Providing every child with a high-quality education is among our most important responsibilities as a community. Educational attainment is an incredibly consequential factor in determining whether children will reach their full potential as healthy, self-sufficient adults.

Health and Wellness: Healthy communities are strong communities. When residents are at their best health they are active community members free from physical and mental illness, chronic disease and injury. They are surrounded by opportunities to exercise, eat healthy and live and play in safe neighborhoods.

Family Support and Social Connectedness: Social connectedness refers to an individual’s engagement in an interactive web of key relationships within a community. We envision a community in which all people are connected to the people, networks, processes and systems they need to live healthy, productive and meaningful lives. Strong formal relationships between organizations and support services can help better ensure that services are delivered and promote a client’s sense of well-being.

What We Fund

Types of Grants Available:

  • Single or multi-year grant funding is available, with multi-year grants typically up to $300,000 over three years.
  • Initiative Grants: Support to help initiate, enhance or expand a specific innovative project or program with clear goals and measured outcomes.
  • Research and Advocacy: Grants to nonprofits that conduct nonpartisan studies, engage in public awareness campaigns, and promote collaboration among nonprofit, public, and civic groups around critical community issues.
  • Capacity Building: Grants that enhance agencies’ abilities to meet shared missions and goals or position an organization to increase an initiative’s scale and ability to meet community needs.
  • Operational Needs: Grants that support general operating expenses.
  • Planning Work: Initiatives working to explore or create a program or system change.
  • Regional Collaborative Grants: Projects that serve more than one Community Foundation service area.

A strong grant request is one that is well-prepared, thoughtfully planned and concisely packaged. We are looking forward to when we can safely offer workshops focused on grant-seeking skills that will be useful when applying for grants from the Community Foundation's Bright Idea Fund or donor-directed funds with application processes.

Please review the following links below for a better understanding of the scope of grant requests we fund. Connect with us if you have further questions. Thank you.

Recipients of the Basic Needs Giving Partnership Grants for 2019

Recipients of the Basic Needs Giving Partnership Grants for 2020

To Apply

Please complete the preliminary form here.* Grant proposals that meet the purpose of BNGP will receive an invitation to apply. Thank you.

Grant Deadlines

Requests will be accepted continuously, and grants will be distributed on a rolling basis to allow for the most flexible response to evolving needs. The grants team will review requests on an ongoing basis with funding decisions to be made within two months of the request submission.

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