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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


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.

Resuming in 2022, organizations can also apply for the Waupaca Community Enhancement grant page. Applicants may apply for either or both grant opportunities, however they should review the guidelines for both opportunities carefully prior to 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.
  • 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, 4 p.m. In the event June 10 falls on a weekend, the deadline will be the following Monday at 4 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

  • 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 - Grant Application.' 

If you need assistance, contact:

Carolyn Desrosiers
Community Engagement Manager