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Community Engagement Manager
Carolyn Desrosiers


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Waupaca Area Community Foundation Fund Grants

Preserving and protecting the quality of life in the greater Waupaca area.

Families of Funds


Waupaca Area Community Foundation Fund grant money comes from fundraising activities -- including an annual gala -- and unrestricted funds that donors established intending that volunteer board members determine the best ways to use the grant money to address community needs.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, for its 2020 annual grant cycle the Waupaca Area Community Foundation is temporarily amending the annual competitive grant guidelines to more aptly respond to the crisis. Traditionally, this fund has accepted applications for projects and programs in the areas of arts and culture, community development, education, environment, and health and human services.

The Foundation will continue to accept requests from charitable organizations in these areas, with greater flexibility as to the type of support provided. Applicants may request support for projects or programs benefiting residents of the Waupaca area as they have in years past, or, they may request assistance to respond specifically to the Covid-19 crisis including sustaining critical mission-based work that has been financially impacted by the crisis.

What We Fund

In addition to this list of requests WACF has traditionally considered, this year, the Foundation will consider Covid- 19 crisis response activities and requests to help sustain services important to Waupaca residents (operating support.) 

  • Creative new activities or services: New programs, one-time projects, events, exhibits, studies or surveys.
  • Enhancement or strengthening of existing activities: Projects to enhance, expand or strengthen the range, quantity and/or quality of an organization’s programs and services.
  • Small capital investments: Items that are directly related to program delivery or service to clients, such as a refrigerator for a food pantry or equipment to comply with ADA requirements.
  • Recurring events: Exhibits, presentations, performances or non-fundraising events that occur on a periodic basis.  Grants will only support the same program or project for a maximum of three years.

Range of grantmaking: Up to $5,000 and limit of one application. (In past years, the maximum per application was $7,500, and organizations could submit more than one application with requests totaling no more than $15,000. This range has been adjusted for this year due to limited resources, and an expected increase in requests.) 

Deadline: June 10, 4 p.m. In the event June 10 falls on a weekend, the deadline will be the following Monday at 4 p.m. Applications are accepted beginning May 19. Grant decisions are made in mid-August.

What We Don't Fund

  • Organizations that don't serve residents in the greater Waupaca Area.
  • Organizations or needs not eligible per the grant policies listed above.

To Apply

  • Read our general grant policies.
  • Applicants must be registered on our grant portal to apply. Please keep in mind registration processing may take one to two business days. Register or login here: grant portal.
  • After login, under the portal heading “GRANT APPLICANT” select “AVAILABLE GRANTS” and look for 'Waupaca Area Community Foundation - 2020 Grant Application.'