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Community Engagement Manager
Carolyn Desrosiers


[email protected]

Waupaca Area Community Foundation Fund Grants

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

Families of Funds


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Our new grant portal is now open! 
See more details here and carefully read the instructions in the “To Apply” section near the bottom of this page. 

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.

Annual Competitive Grants are available for projects and programs in the areas of arts and culture, community development, education, environment, health and human services. For 2023, the Waupaca Area Community Foundation is also offering a special Community Enhancement Grant for visionary projects related to the theme of Waupaca’s Future. View the Community Enhancement Grant guidelines here.

Applicants may apply for either or both grant opportunities, but they should review the guidelines for both opportunities carefully before applying.

What We Fund

  • 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. More here.
  • 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: Applicants may submit one application per organization of up to $7,500.

Deadline: June 10 by 11:59 p.m. Grant decisions are made in mid-August.

What We Don't Fund

  • General operating expenses not related to the proposed project.

  • Fundraisers or fundraising events.

  • Organizations that don't serve residents in the greater Waupaca Area (Waupaca, Weyauwega, Fremont, Iola, Scandinavia, Ogdensburg, Manawa, King) 

To Apply

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Our new grant portal is now open! 
See more details here. 

If you need assistance, contact:

Carolyn Desrosiers
Community Engagement Manager