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Octoberfest Grant

Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits to Benefit Residents
and Strengthen the Economy of the Fox Cities Area

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Grants to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations for projects that enhance community gatherings and programs, and that promote local events in Appleton and Fox Cities communities. Funding is intended for both new and existing projects and activities that demonstrate the potential for growth and future sustainability. Funds may also be granted for infrastructure improvements, including equipment acquisition.

Octoberfest was founded by downtown Appleton retailers and the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce in 1981 to promote their businesses, improve the community image and showcase the downtown area. The Octoberfest planning committee continues this tradition by awarding grants to local nonprofit organizations using proceeds from the prior year's Octoberfest. The Octoberfest committee considers projects that embrace the spirit with which Octoberfest was founded.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157206

Term of Contract:

Octoberfest will only consider awarding grants for the same project for three consecutive years – with a year off before an organization can re-apply for the same project to be funded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. The grant request comes from a nonprofit organization operating in Appleton and/or the surrounding Fox Cities communities.
2. The project generally benefits people from throughout the Fox Cities and does not target a specific population or membership group.
3. The project enhances the quality of life and/or strengthens the economy of the Fox Cities and improves the quality/image of downtown Appleton or the surrounding Fox Cities communities.
4. Applicants must indicate how Octoberfest will receive exposure and recognition.

Applicants should not think of Octoberfest as a source of annual revenue or operating expenses, annual fund drives, endowment funds, projects already completed or expenses typically considered to be overhead.

Octoberfest will not fund labor or employee expenses, facility upkeep or maintenance, nor pay for scholarships or individual participation in events, trips, or other similar opportunities.

Consideration for any future grant applications from a recipient organization is contingent upon completion of the Final Report for all previous grants awarded.

Pre-Application Information:

Octoberfest will review applications three times per year and if your grant is awarded, a final report will be required. They consider awarding grants for the same project for three consecutive years, with a year off before an organization can re-apply for the same project to be funded.

Deadline dates:
- December 15, 2018
- March 15, 2019
- June 15, 2019

- January 2019
- April 2019
- July 2019

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit completed grant proposal to (grants may be submitted as a PDF via email):

Kristen Greiner
Managing Director, Octoberfest
125 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911

Phone: 920-939-6406

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin: Appleton and/or Fox Cities Area