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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 2020-21 Grantmaking Update:

Across the region, the impact of the coronavirus and economic ripple effects on communities is widespread and expected to last. In addition to the obvious health care needs, every facet of livelihoods is touched—housing, food security, mental health, education, social connectedness and more.

Given the extraordinary need in Northeast Wisconsin and the opportunity for impact, the Basic Needs Giving Partnership is adding $5M to its regular grantmaking pool for fiscal year 2020-21 (ending June 30, 2021) from its three endowments in Green Bay, Fox Valley and Oshkosh.  

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.


To Apply

Please contact Jenny Krikava to discuss your proposal:

Jenny Krikava
Community Engagement Manager
Schedule a virtual office appointment
[email protected]

You may review the application questions here before completing your request in our online grants portal. We've worked to streamline and simplify the application process. Please be complete but brief with your responses, and if it is easier to respond to these questions in another format or by sharing an already completed application form from another funder, please feel free to upload documents in the attachment section. 

The application is available in the grant portal under the “Grant Applicant” tab. Search for “Basic Needs Giving Partnership Grant“ under “Available Grants.” If you haven’t already registered to access the portal, remember it’s necessary to do so. Keep in mind that registration approval may take one to two business days to process. 

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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