Working to reduce the root causes of poverty.
Vision: The Fund is a field of interest fund created to invest in solutions so all people in Northeast Wisconsin are self-sufficient and able to fully participate in the life of the community.
A strong proposal will answer yes to the following questions:
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.
Types of Grants Available:
Planning Grant: Initiatives working to explore or create a program or system change. Grants typically are $10,000-$15,000 for one year.
Implementation Grants: Initiative support with single or multi-year grant funding is 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.
Regional Collaborative Grants: Collaborative planning or implementation projects that serve more than one CF service area.
After you’ve taken these steps, click here to register or log-in to our grant portal. Once on the grant portal, under the heading “Grant Applicant” select “Available Grants” and look for the Basic Needs grant application.
If you are applying for a regional grant, please download this application.
Basic Needs Fox Valley: 4 p.m. September 1; March 1
Regional Basic Needs: 4 p.m. February 15
(for initiatives that span Fox Valley, Oshkosh and/or Green Bay)
Contact Jenny Krikava
Community Engagement Manager
Collaboration can be a means of reaching goals that cannot be achieved by a single agency or to combine redundant services and resources across agencies. It includes:
The strongest proposals will be those that meet all or most of the following criteria. The Basic Needs Giving Partnership will only consider collaborative proposals.
1. Direct relevance to at least one of the Basic Needs Giving Partnership priorities
2. Strength of proposal design
3. Potential impact on the community
4. Capacity of applicant organization(s)