To support innovative ideas and programs serving the needs of children and their families from birth to five years of age.
Rationale Research demonstrates the importance of early childhood experiences on cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development and on outcomes for children, families and the community.
Background The community established this fund to honor the contributions of both John and Sally Mielke to the overall health and welfare of all community members. In addition to their contributions to healthcare and education, they have been strongly committed to our youngest community members. This endowment fund carries on their legacy by focusing on the earliest years of a child’s life. Read more about the history of this fund here.
We are looking for innovative ideas for which a small grant may have a large impact. Preference will be given to proposals that are preventative or offer upstream solutions, and have the potential to benefit the broader community. Collaborative projects are welcome. Priority will be given to projects that support children or families facing significant challenges, or improve the community in a way that positively impacts children and families. For example, the committee might consider:
Priority will be given to proposals which have all or most of the following characteristics:
Grants will be given only to initiatives within the Community Foundation service area (Calumet, Outagamie, Shawano and Waupaca counties and the Neenah-Menasha area of Winnebago county). Successful projects must meet the general grant policies of the Community Foundation.
Grants will be made at least annually. In general, grants will be for single year. Applications begin with a conversation. After reviewing the Community Foundation’s general grant policies, if you have a potential idea or project fitting the guidelines, call the staff representative, Carolyn Desrosiers.
Community Engagement Manager