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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


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:

  • Are you changing the way our community is dealing with poverty?
  • Are you changing outcomes for the people who are at risk or in need?
  • Are you doing the work collaboratively with other organizations serving the community?

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:

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. 

To Apply

  1. Read the Basic Needs Giving Partnership’s grant criteria and the Community Foundation’s general grant guidelines.
  2. Call Jenny Krikava to discuss your proposal well in advance of the application deadline.
  3. Preview the application: Basic Needs Giving Partnership Application

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.

Grant Deadlines

Basic Needs Fox Valley: 4 p.m. September 1; March 1

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Contact Jenny Krikava
Community Engagement Manager
[email protected]

Additional Information


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:

  • Jointly developing and agreeing on a set of common goals and directions.
  • Sharing responsibility for obtaining those goals.
  • Working together to achieve those goals, using the expertise and resources of each collaborator.
  • Developing written (perhaps, even legal) agreements.


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

  • Proposal addresses root causes of poverty.
  • Proposal addresses one of the Basic Needs impact areas.
  • Proposal is innovative, focused and well-defined, and workplan is realistic.
  • Proposal identifies clear outcomes and measures of success.
  • Budget is clear, realistic and includes other sources of revenue.
  • Appropriate stakeholders are involved.
  • Collaborative efforts include sharing of resources and risk to enhance the capacity of all partners.
  • Responsibilities of collaborative partners are clearly defined.

3. Potential impact on the community

  • Proposal includes documented evidence of community need being addressed.
  • Intended outcomes for the target population are likely to be achieved.
  • Activities are likely to be sustained after grant (if appropriate).
  • Collaborators are knowledgeable of other local organizations that address the identified community need and can articulate how they will work with them.

4. Capacity of applicant organization(s)

  • Proposal fits within the strategic plan/directions of the collaborating organizations.
  • Organizations and staff have the capacity to implement the proposal.
  • Organizations have the skills to establish and implement a system for evaluating proposed activities.
  • Applicant organization is in stable financial condition (three or more years with no deficits greater than 10% of the operating budget for no more than one year of the three).