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Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits and Agencies for
Programs that Benefit Residents in Eligible Areas

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Eau Claire Community Foundation (ECCF)

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Deadline Date:

01/20/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Wisconsin nonprofits, government entities, and religious organizations in eligible areas to address the needs of the local community. Funding is intended to support operations that have been impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and activities within the focus areas of arts and culture; education; environment, recreation, animals; and social services. Eligible programs benefit the Eau Claire area.

Applications are accepted for two types of grants:

  • Program Grants fund programs or services provided by the organization.
  • Asset Purchase/Improvement Grants fund specific purchases that will help keep the organization running smoothly. They may also support Operations expenses to keep nonprofits running smoothly during and after the pandemic. However, Operations grants are not intended to be a permanent source of support for nonprofits.

The Foundation awards grants to organizations whose programs address needs in the following areas:

  • “Create Culture” (Arts and Culture) – Supports programs and organizations that enhance the quality of life in the community through music, visual and performing arts, and museums.
  • “Form Futures” (Education) – Supports programs that provide instruction for children and adults offered by established institutions or nonprofit organizations, as well as programs that offer learning or community development opportunities.
  • “Give Green” (Environment, Recreation, Animals) – Supports programs that engage children and adults in activities that improve or sustain the quality of natural resources. Also supports programs that provide opportunities for children and adults to engage in sports, fitness, and health and recreational activities.
  • “Offer Opportunities” (Social Services, Accessibility Needs, Needs of Elders) – Supports programs that provide for important needs for children and adults, families, or community needs such as basic health services, food, shelter, safety, and clothing.

The ECCF will consider funding start-up costs directly related to the grant proposal, such as paying staff for extra hours required to implement a program or training expenses related to grant-funded asset purchases. 

The Eau Claire Community Foundation holds several Field of Interest Funds. In many cases, grant requests that match a Field of Interest Fund's purpose will be given extra consideration. For a list of funds, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165552

Term of Contract:

Grants are made for one year only. Due to limited financial resources, the ECCF prefers not to grant funds to any organization in frequent succession.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The ECCF makes grants to nonprofit agencies located in the Eau Claire area, or to those able to demonstrate significant impact within this area.
- Preference will be given to agencies located within the Eau Claire area.
- Applicants will need to submit evidence of 501(c)(3) tax status, or another qualified 501(c)(3) organization must agree to serve as fiscal agent.
- Applications from tax-exempt entities like government and religious organizations are also accepted.

The ECCF does not make grants to organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, color, age, familial status, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, lawful sources of income, national origin, or any other discriminatory practice prohibited by state or federal law.

Not funded:
- Repetitive requests (i.e. the same use year after year)
- Previously incurred operational expenses, such as rent and salaries, that are not integral to the implementation of the grant request
- Direct grants to individuals, annual campaigns, or lobbying
- Contributions to endowment funds, contingency funds, or reserves
- Sectarian (religious) programs, if the program participation requires membership in the religious group or commitment to specific beliefs prescribed by the religious group
- Organizations operated primarily for the benefit of their own membership
- For the payment of interest or taxes
- Applications from or on behalf of schools with affiliated school Foundations, such as the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation
- Generally, applications with other Foundations as fiscal agents are not funded

Pre-proposal Conference:

A grant training session will be held online on November 4, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM.

This session will cover the Eau Claire Community Foundation and Women's Giving Circle grant cycles as well as tips for writing effective grant proposals. It's free and open to anyone interested.

If you wish to attend please write or call ECCF Program Specialist Rebecca White Broday (see details in Contact Information, below).

This session will be repeated on two other dates: December 7, 2020, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, and January 5, 2021, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. If you can't make it to the training sessions but have questions, feel free to get in touch with Rebecca using the contact information above.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by January 20, 2021, and awards will be announced in early May.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Foundation office to discuss their projects prior to submitting an application. Informational meetings specifically about the Foundation’s application process are scheduled prior to the deadline, and applicants are encouraged to attend.

Each organization may submit only one application per grant cycle.


Contact Information:

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

Online Application Portal:

RSVP for Information Sessions and direct questions to:
Rebecca White Body, ECCF Program Specialist
Phone: 715-552-3801

Eau Claire Community Foundation
306 S. Barstow Suite 104
Eau Claire, WI 54701

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