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Community Engagement Manager
Jenny Krikava


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Basic Needs Giving Partnership

Working to reduce the root causes of poverty.

Families of Funds


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.


The Basic Needs Giving Partnership is in the process of transitioning to a single nonprofit organization that will leverage the region’s collective impact, voice, and experience by centralizing and coordinating initiatives and activities including grantmaking to support the people and places advancing equity and economic well-being for everyone in Northeast Wisconsin. The transition will be gradual.

For the remainder of 2022, organizations will continue to work with Community Foundation staff on new grant applications and existing multi-year grant awards. No changes will be made to the current focus areas or the application process. However, there will changes to the grant application timing and award duration:

  • New grant applications will be due November 1 with funding decisions being made before the end of the year.
  • Grant awards during this application cycle will be limited to one-year in duration.

Thank you to the 100+ nonprofits from across the region who joined information sessions about the Basic Needs Giving Partnership and recent updates to its grantmaking and strategy.

During the call we provided an overview of how the partnership will be changing over the next year including adjustments to grantmaking. If you weren’t able to join or you’d like to review the content, you can watch the 50-minute presentation here and download the corresponding slide deck here.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions or read the latest communication to area nonprofits. 

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:

  • Grant awards during this application cycle will be limited to one-year in duration.
  • 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.

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 2020

Recipients of the Basic Needs Giving Partnership Grants for 2021

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

New grant applications will be due November 1, 2022 with funding decisions being made before the end of the year.

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